Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, we are going to celebrate the Diwali festival in next month. Diwali or Deepawali is a festival of lights celebrated across the nation with great enthusiasm and happiness. Especially children eagerly wait for this festival all the year in want of their favourite delicious sweets and fireworks celebration.Every year we use to spend a huge amount for the celebration of this festival. No doubt we can’t restrict and impose ban on someone’s religious belief and sentiments. We can’t say that this huge amount of expenditure on this special day is merely a wastage of money because it gives lot of buisness opportunity to millions of poor people across the country. Lot of skilled and local artistan get job due to manufacturing of Diwali celebration items and commodities. But the bitter reality is that we are habitual of many exported items for our festival celebration. Our markets and shops are fully decorated with different exported items. Mainly we have found that there is glittering of Chinese lights and other decorative items.China is exporting almost every item of our celebration material i.e., fireworks, decorative lights, electric diyas, etc. Even the statues of our deities and idols are exported from China. It is very unfortunate for the millions of our needy and poor people that despite having lot of local skilled workers and sufficient raw materials for manufacturing of Diwali items we are dependent upon our neighbouring countries, cousing huge economic loss to our country due to this ignorant approach of people. Due to different world trade rules and obligations our government can’t ban every exporting items from other countries.However recently many strong impositions have been implemented over various exporting items from China. Government has already banned different digital applications which are posing threat for our nation security. Many Chinese products especially for festival celebration have also been restricted by government. But it depends upon the people how we will cooperate our government in this direction. Because if there is no demand of Chinese products in our market then it automatically get reduce at considerable scale.We are dreaming for the Atmanirbhar bharat. Our this campaign will achieve success only if we really think and act in this direction. If we remain dependent on other nations for our small necessities of life then our dream of Atmanirbhar bharat can never be accomplished. Moreover our campaign of Atmanirbhar Diwali can be only fulfilled if we start a campaign for Atmanirbhar Diwali products. Self-reliant campaign is more important than boycotting Chinese products. Because if we become dependent on our self-reliant products and things on such occasions, we will create many job opportunities for our local skilled workers and artisans. We celebrate Diwali because it is a symbol of happiness and prosperity. We can bring happiness and prosperity for our fellow citizens by providing economic advantage to them. This year government has decided to celebrate the Diwali festival with totally home made products and material. For this purpose the cow dung made diyas or lamps would be made available in market which are purely indigenous products.These products are totally eco-friendly and cost effective. We have seen that many Chinese products which are however very decorative, are responsible for various types of pollution after its consumption. But the cow dung made diyas and other products are totally biodegradable and doesn’t cause any harm to our nature. Every year due to bursting of crackers and other explosive materials pollution rate increases in our cities. In Delhi we have seen that the pollution is creating lot of troubles for our citizens. Especially during Diwali festival the graph of air and noise pollution increase manifold. If we use biodegradable products like earthen diyas or cow dung diyas for the celebration day, it will definitely minimize the harm. Economically also this will be very beneficial for our poor people. This year due to COVID-19 pandemic we have lost many precious lives. It is our duty and responsibility to show sympathy and solidarity with their family members. And this will only be possible if we celebrate our Diwali in a simple and sober way without any pomp and show. Decoration, lighting and cleanliness is essential on this occasion but we should avoid the fireworks and crackers at least. However for our home decorations and lighting if we should use the local products as it would be real tribute to all the departed souls. Due to our campaign of self-reliant Rakhi China has suffered 4,000 crores economic loss this year. Lets start a campaign for self-reliant and pollution-free Diwali.This will not only create chaos and confusion in our enemy’s mind but will also boost our economy to a great extent. The confederation of all India traders(CAIT) has already launched a campaign ‘Bhartiya Saaman Hamara Abhiman’ ‘to boycott Chinese products. Lets take a pledge that we will celebrate this Diwali with goods purely made in India but not made in china. Goods like lights, idols of laxmi Ganesha, lamps, toys, gift items, diyas and other decorative items worth thousands of crores are imported every Diwali and sold across North india by Delhi based wholesaler traders. But this year even they have decided to boycott the Chinese products. Now it is our responsibility to completely abstain from such products and items which are directly or indirectly giving benefits to our enemy. Those who indulged in the brutal murder of our soldiers at LAC ,how can we give benefits to home.
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