Burning the Holi pyre has religious significance but people should avoid this practice on account of mass scale environmental issues as pollution levels have risen to alarming levels all across the country. People should participate in cluster celebrations where community or people in large numbers should get together and burn a small pyre of a few wood-sticks as a mark of token, thus saving precious tress as well as avoiding pollution.
We have had two bad monsoons on the trot and there is a near drought situation across the country. Farmers are committing suicide and drinking water should be a priority under the present circumstances. People should not play ‘colour holi’ this year as there is lot of wastage of precious water during celebrations as well as after the festival for bathing to cleanse oneself of colors. Avoiding colours on Holi would be an small contribution towards saving water and let us all contribute our bit towards this cause of saving water and environment for the benefit of society. Low key celebrations does not mean low on enthusiasm and we can all wish each other as well as help the poor and the needy, which would give the festivities more joy and meaning!
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)