Chhath- The Festival of Unity and Purity.

Among several of the festivals indulging in the praise of Rivers and the Sun, comes one of the holiest festival of Chhath. Succeeding the festival of Diwali by just a couple of days, Chhath involves every section of the society under one shade of the sky.



The reflection of social integrity and fraternity is seen in these four days of the Puja and around a month in its preparation. Too often had our society been fragmented on the bias of religion, caste and social divisions but in this festival of intense purity, different religions unite themselves for the holy praise.

How else could a picture be perfect which includes every section dipping in rivers with their hands open to receive the blessings and their lips hymning in tone. If seen with the eyes of social criteria, the poorest lady of that society stands beside the richest lady of the city in the same water which flows equally and both of them praise the sole sun of the sky.



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Not only bringing together the different communities, Chhath also gives the important message of purity, cleaning and sincerity among every section of society irrespective of their religion. From every house of a colony, people bring out the brooms to clean their vicinity. They have to get assured that the pilgrims, who are in the fast of these 36 hours, don’t get any sort of difficulties in their path of prayers. Lightings, sounds and all the required arrangements are been organised to maintain the festive meter .


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In our upbringings of the Indian society, we are often told to worship the rise of sun which marks the rise of a new day, a new hope and the new bliss of opportunities. But it is the message of this festival that provokes us to thanks the day went behind, that is; to offer prayers for the sun going down in the sky.

Every new day has travelled through a night set behind it. Then why just to praise the new day and not the night that died to give birth to it?

From cleaning the rivers that are mostly used for garbage dumps to cleaning the road which are often seen as public bin for spits and wastes; at least this festival of Chhath, awakens our social responsibilities. Alas! But just these days bring out the sleeping good human in us which defies every weaker part of our evil to give our best to support the pilgrims and to pray the almighty to bless us like they always had been doing.

Bringing not so much out, Happy Chhath to all those reading till here.

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India needs to burn effigies of these 10 Ravanas this Dussehra

Dussehra is a time when we celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

While we burn effigies of Ravana this year, we must also burn effigies of evils that we need to rid the country of forever

1. Poverty-

172 MN People live below the poverty line- that’s 12.4% of India’s total Population

 [Source: – World Bank estimates for 2015]


2. Hunger-

195 MN People are undernourished-that’s 15% of the total population

[Source: – UN Hunger Report 2015]


3. Rape-

Every hour 4 Women are raped. In 2015 34,771 Women were raped

[Source: – NCRB 2015]


4. Illiteracy-

287 MN adult illiterates in India- That’s 37% of the Global total

[Source: – UNESCO Report 2014]


5. Corruption-

We are 76th most corrupt country in the world. An average India household pays INR 4,400 as bribe every year

[Source: – Transparency International, National Council of Applied Economic research survey]


6. Black Money –

152-181 BN USD of Illegal money is hidden in foreign tax havens

[Source: – Bank of Italy estimates, 2016]


7. Lack of Sanitation-

595 MN people in India don’t have access to toilets: 2.44 Trillion USD a Year is what inadequate sanitation costs us

[Source: – UN, World Bank]


8. Pollution-

1.4 MN people die prematurely due to Air Pollution, which also costs India 8.5% of its GDP

 [Source: – World Bank, American Association for the advancement of Science]


9. Communal Violence-

During 2005-09 648 people were killed and 11,278 injured in 4,030 incidents of communal violence. Since then, there have been more than 650 Riots every year.

 [Source: – PRS India]


10. Bigotry

123 Cases of crimes committed against Dalits every day.

[Source: – NCRB 2015]

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