Dear Editor, Please refer to the news item, ” Seer says will move to NGT against burning of Ravana Effigy”, published in your paper on October 8,2019, wherein it has been reported that a spiritual leader namely Adhokshajanad Deo Tirath Maharaj has raised objections against the burning of Ravana Effigy on certain objectionable grounds. I don’t agree with the remarks that burning of Ravana effigy causes air and noise pollution on large scale which is hazardous to public health. Besides the event has no relationship with any principle of religion. It is totally wrong to celebrate the day by creating pollution on the scale. Moreover,it also hurts the sentiments of those who worship Ravana as a great sage and scholar. The main reason behind burning of Ravana Effigy is that Ravana had kidnapped raverred Sita Ji the wife of Lord Rama which is a crime. But the basic reason for kidnapping Sita Ji is that Laxman the younger brother of Lord Rama had chopped off the nose and ears Ravana’s sister Swaroopnakha which is also a crime and a matter of great concern for Ravana who is said to be a great scholar and King of Lanka. Instead of chopping off of ears and nose of Swaroopnakha, she could have been arrested and booked as per the prevailing law of the state. Logically, Ravana kidnapped Sita Ji to take revenge of insult caused by Lord Rama and His brother Laxman. So, Ravana was not so guilty as being considered. Another thing to be noted is that Ravana didn’t even attempted to touch the body of Sita Ji despite the fact that She remained in his captivity for a long time. This thing indicates that Ravana had not a bad moral character. Another thing mention here is that those who are indulged in burning of Ravana Effigy don’t deserve to do so. I have seen the people who bigger sinners than Ravana participate in the event with more zeal and enthusiasm. Even the drunkuds and gamblers are seen on the front line in the celebration of Dussehra festival. It makes a mockery of the entire program. However,we can celebrate the day in the different ways as an event of victory India over Lanka,a foreign country to avoid any kind of pollution.O P Sharma AMO Retd,Multipurpose Social Worker,Bagnoti Nowshera.
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