News By/Courtesy: Himani Aggarwal | 25 Mar 2018 10:54am IST

"Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent - a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice - that struggle continues."~ Bernie Sanders. Deteriorating environment is an issue which has been in discussion for very long.  Each one of us wants to claim our fundamental right when it gets infringed but when the government tries to safeguard our lives by taking some measures when we don't want to follow it. For instance, the odd-even scheme in Delhi was supposed to be a revolutionary step in Indian history but due lack of implementation it was repealed. Another example could be a ban on crackers held by the supreme court in Delhi which is considered to be the most polluted city in India, but even after such ban, many people were still burning crackers on the festival day. Blaming the government everytime is not the right thing. However, amidst this, a vigilant man of a small city like Meerut, Mr. Gyanendra Agarwal, took a huge step to clean his environment through ancient techniques as suggested by his 'Guru'. He organized a nine-day event of 'mahayagya' in which total 108 fire pits have been set up and about 300 priests from Varanasi and Vrindavan have been called upon to perform the rituals. Enormous quantities of mango woods, tonnes of sesame seeds, tonnes of rice, tonnes of sugar and ghee will be consumed by the end of this 'mahayagya'. This man is the person who is always ready to participate in events which create awareness for saving the environment. He along with his Guru believe that this act of launching a mahayagya and burning of tonnes of woods will be beneficial to the environment as according to Hindu mythology when our ancestors and rishis used to perform yagyas they preached that these yagya purify the air around us and create positive energies.  Since there are no laws which ban religious activities an fire rites, the government is silent and not intervening in this event. All we can do is wait for the event to end and see how it affects the air quality of this small area.

Section Editor: Krishna Srinivas V | 25 Mar 2018 11:00am IST

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