Celebrating Festival or Hooliganism?

A ruthless bunch of people playing drums at an insanely high level, their fellows bursting noisy crackers one after the other while spoiling the air as well as littering the roads, drunkards eve teasing the ladies. All this while the traffic is simply unmovable because of these ghastly acts. Hence, the common man is forced to stay indoors. Those suffering from illness and the students trying hard to study hard are helplessly forced to keep quiet about the terrible situation.

Picture Courtesy - mumbaichaganpati.blogpost.com

Picture Courtesy - mumbaichaganpati.blogpost.com

After reading the above description one might wonder if this is a scene from a party thrown by an underworld don for his gang. No; this is how Mumbai welcomes and bids farewell to arguably its most loved God – Lord Ganesha. Can there be a more insulting way to welcome, respect and bid adieu to the most adored almighty? The origin of the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi dates back to the pre-independence era when the great leader Lokmanya Tilak advised everyone to celebrate this festival in order to show unity against the British.

I bet today’s mischievous monsters don’t have an iota of idea about this. Or else why would they play sleazy item numbers in Ganesh Pandals? My friend Jigisha Doshi had to shut her windows this year since the Pandal near her house was ‘continuously’ playing Munni Badnaam throughout the day. And they call it a religious festival!

Visarjan of Lalbaugcha Raja. Picture Courtesy - mumbaikar.com

There are a number of pro-Hindu (mainly communal) groups like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajarang Dal (BD), Ram Sene, Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who self proclaim themselves as the saviors of the Hindu religion and are always up in arms whenever they believe someone is hurting Hindu sentiments. Sadly and annoyingly, not a single person from any of these groups has ever raised a voice or protested against such acts; forget trying to make a difference. And needless to say, the problems with Ganesh Visarjan are much larger than mentioned above.

Picture Courtesy - mumbaichaganpati.blogpost.com

The fact that these groups are turning a blind eye on the situation, invariably rubbishes the logic behind their formation and existence. It seems they become active or their only purpose is to rubbish, criticize or ridicule ‘other’ religions or people from ‘other’ religions. If my accusation isn’t true, why are they ignoring such insulting acts against one of the most celebrated Hindu Gods?

We always pray to God to get ourselves out of a mess. Now, we need to pray to Him to save nobody but Himself from this mess. Bappa Morya!

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17 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ankita on September 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    hey superb……really very good article….hope it vl b an eyeopener 2 such type of ppl……keep it up…..

    Reply

  2. Posted by Natasha on September 22, 2010 at 6:54 am

    The points u have mentioned are so true.

    Reply

  3. Posted by Himadri on September 23, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Very well written Keyur, the thought must running in most of the girls mind coz most of the girls are suffering…U have put it across Thanks for that..

    Reply

  4. i like the political angle in it. i always feel shiv sena and BJP should stand up for this kind of issues but they never do that..liked your language too!

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    • They will never stand up for it because they will lose votes by doing that. They are just using the name of the religion for their personal benefit. All these groups (all mentioned in the article) are maligning the name of the religion because Hinduism never preaches differentiation or any other religion for that matter.

      Thanks a lot Jigi for reading and commenting 🙂

      Reply

  5. Posted by yadab das on September 26, 2010 at 8:59 am

    What you think Hooliganism, is very much justified for some people. If you see a dirty drain it is a drain only, nothing else…

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  6. Posted by Jimit Patel on October 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    i wish if u put some widgets in u blog for facebook or twitter… and update there about this article

    Reply

  7. Posted by Annabelle Satpatiwala on December 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Absolutely !
    I Celebrate n njoy all Festivals n Im not biased or partial towards any Religion or celebration but Its truly disturbing and irritating when Blasting Music ( having no relevance to d festival ) is played continously n Unecessary fireworks !!
    Celebrate A Festiavl in a Joyful n Humble Manner to Honour Your God
    N not to Destroy Humanity !

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    • Very true Anna. It’s really disgusting. Playing item numbers and bursting those loud crackers is actually insulting the God. And the mawali-giri during the festival is just shocking. Bhagwan hi aakar kuchh akkal de toh kuchh ho payega.

      Thanks a lot for reading and commenting.

      Cheers,

      Keyur 🙂

      Reply

  8. Hey, awesome article. Nice read. The timing was late as the festival has gone long time. But it’s better late then never. I will pass this on to my frens and ask them to pass it over.

    Keep up with writing such articles.

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    • Hey Jayman!
      Thank you so much yaar for a lot of appreciation.
      And I had written this article during this year’s Ganesh Charturthi festival. I just thought of sharing it again on Facebook.

      And thanks a ton for thinking of sharing this article with others. Would be grateful.

      Cheers,

      Keyur 🙂

      Reply

  9. […] The film also rightly criticizes violence, hooliganism, vulgarity and drinking culture in the name of Ganeshotsav. Hope it becomes an eye-opener because such malpractices are seen everywhere during this festival. (I have explained this further in my earlier post over here.) […]

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