Mumbaikars displayed their ‘Humane spirit’ to the fullest as most people gave the Holi celebrations with colour the miss in view of drought situation across the country in general and Maharashtra in particular. People did apply dry ‘Gulal’ (pink powder) as a mark of tokenism and Holi tradition but ‘rain dance along with too much wastage of water was avoided at most places which truly was a noble gesture from the people. However, one day tokenism is not the solution to our water problems and we need to go beyond it so that such situations of drought does not arise in future.
Reckless cutting of trees, forests and weeds disturbs the equilibrium of the atmosphere giving rise to extreme situations of droughts and famines. Saving trees and increasing more greenery should be the motto for healthy living. We need more infrastructure like lakes and dams where rain water can be stored for future use. Rain harvesting is the need of the hour and our farmers should be provided with the technology and equipments to optimize their farming. Plugging leakages in pipelines and pipe burst would save billions of litres of water every year. Avoid washing cars daily and other wastage of water in your household which ultimately could benefit those who don’t get their quota of water. An ocean is made up of several drops of water and time for us to know how precious each drop of water is for survival. Drinking water should be the priority and let us keep this humane spirit of saving water each day of the year and not just for publicity on the occasion of Holi!
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)