After the Diwali festivities, Chhath Puja celebrations are set to begin from tomorrow onwards when religious ceremonies and rituals will be performed on the banks of rivers, ponds and other water bodies.
This festival is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm, especially in North India. The Chhath Puja is dedicated to the solar deity Surya and Shashthi devi (Chhathi Maiya) in order to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. It is a major festival of states like Bihar, UP and Jharkhand.
As it is said that chhath is the most eco-friendly Hindu festival, but is it eco-friendly now? People throw waste materials on the bank of the river after the puja and make the water dirty and polluted. Why can't we use some dustbins to throw such waste products and make the environment or the water not polluted? It is our responsibility to make our surroundings clean. It is also our responsibility to keep lakes, ponds and other waterbodies clean.
The practice of taking bath in one water body by a group of people could increase the chance of virus transmission. So lets celebrate it safely without hurting the environment and also be safe from this dangerous virus.
Gangrape in Karimganj
The recent gangrape in Karimganj has created a stir in Assam. It is impossible to describe the tragedy of being a victim of rape in order to get the information of a mother undergoing treatment. As the father of a daughter, my heart trembled. People with bad character have hurt the honour of our State. The recent situation has proved that there is no security for women in our State. It seems that there is no difference between humans and animals now. With the advancement of civilization, human beings have become sexually promiscuous, some people have become shameless. These people, despite having clothes, seem inferior to primitive people.
Everyone should know that there will never be peace in a country where women are not secured.
Due to the sheer negligence of people, COVID-19 cases are increasing by leaps and bounds in the rest of the country. Assam is an exception. But how long? In Assam too due to slackening stand of the administration, it is obvious that COVID-19 cases would increase. We can say Assam too would be swept away by the second wave of the deadly disease. In Dibrugarh, when we visit the market or on road, number of persons using mask is few and far between, it is seen. It seems, here also the administration is in slumber. But that this nonchalant attitude would cost everyone dearly once the pandemic surfaces is ignored by all. Through your esteemed daily, we make an appeal to the Dibrugarh District Administration to wake up and tighten the grip on those who are flouting the protocol.