So how many of you are all set to have playing with those vivid colors? As the Holi or Rangapanchami (whatever you call it) approaches I can see most of you all set to enjoy the beautiful colorful festival.
But wait, I can hear someone stammering something! What? Drought? Where? Water scarcity? What are you talking about? I can’t see it anywhere! Can you? The taps are dripping continuously, containers are overflowing, we drink little sips of water at restaurants and the rest meets the drainage. Someone must be lying man! Where the hell is the famine?
Well, it’s just a few hundred kilometers away. It’s happening now. Rivers are drying up, the dams are losing their waters quickly, the government is busy assuring that things will be brought in control, the nation doesn’t understand the gravity of the situation, and people are dying. Now some of you might just come up with a point, “No man, we’re playing a dry Holi this year. We understand and care.”
To all those who say this, I’d give you a big LOL. You won’t se water? You think that’s possible? Won’t you need some extra liters of water to take those colors off your body? In case your white car gets stained, what are you going to use for washing it? But then this is quite a further thing. Let’s light upon some basic things first.
In the first place tell me, how would you feel if your friend throws a lavish party on the day of your breakup? And how would you celebrate your birthday when someone close to you dies? Sounds sick, doesn’t it? so how would you like to play a fucking ‘only colors’ Holi when there are lacs of people clueless about how to survive?
And it’s not happening in some other part of the world. It’s happening in your very own Maharashtra. Yes, I agree that we can’t whine over everything in the world. If that happens, we would live in gloom forever. But there are certain things that should be taken care of. When our own state is in trouble, we have to get up and do things for ourselves.
I don’t how much would it help the drought-affected people if we don’t celebrate this festival, but you know there’s a little thing called morality and it matters a lot. You don’t have to donate lacs of liters of water or tones of fodder to make the difference. But you have a small part in the play, part of not celebrating. And it is as important as the other things are. I am not some government officer or a politician or any celebrity who would ask you to save water and promise you that ‘each drop you save will reach the famine affected people’. I am just one guy who is really concerned about things happening out there asking you not to ‘celebrate’ at all. It’s not just the material help that matters at this moment. A raped woman doesn’t feel relieved with an i-pill. What she would really need is a moral support. The same rule is applicable everywhere. If we don’t celebrate for their sake, it will raise their morale which is I think a big thing. We are anyway going to have a great Holi, let’s at least make their Holi bearable then. If we overlook this factor and celebrate the festival anyway, at the end of this summer everyone will be carrying out candle light marches for the dead famine victims. And that would be a great show-off. But look, if you’re really concerned, think over this. After all, prevention is better than cure.
And I know many of you would just read this, call it shit and celebrate anyway. But I also know that there must be a few handful of people who would really do something over this to make that difference. Go for it, all the very best.
Ah, looks like I forgot to say something.