Delhi Police have registered a case under section 188 on the organizer of Delhi’s iconic Luv Kush Ramlila for allegedly ‘not adhering to COVID19 norms’. The event organiser has assured police that all COVID norms will be followed, said DCP North Sagar Singh Kalsi.
Many are seeing this as a continuation of the undeclared war on Hindu festivals by the Indian secular state. Recently, a Bengaluru corporation guideline banning drums and dhak (a traditional Bengali drum) during the Durga Puja visarjan procession had come under severe criticism.
Taking note of the protests, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya tweeted that he had spoken to the BBMP Commissioner & asked him to “revisit Durga Pooja rules which are discriminatory, arbitrary & illogical”. Surya said he was “assured that these rules will be reviewed forthwith & sentiments of devotees will be given utmost importance”.
He added – “There is a general tendency in sections of the bureaucracy to think that it’s OK to put any and every kind of restrictions on Hindu festivals. This is a colonial relic. Post 2014, the awakened Hindu resists such attempts. This colonialism must end too.”
On Diwali day in 2020 and days preceding it, Delhi police registered a total of 1,292 cases and arrested/detained a total of 926 people. Governments, SC and NGT had combined to put a last minute blanket ban on bursting all forms of firecrackers in the capital in the name of controlling air pollution. In the 2019 Diwali season, Delhi Police had registered 433 cases and arrested 261 people for violating the ban on non-green firecrackers.
This year again, Delhi’s AAP government has announced a total ban on firecrackers, Congress-ruled Rajasthan has followed suit, and BJP-ruled Haryana has done the same in 14 out of 22 districts.
Meanwhile, the major contributor to air pollution in Delhi-NCR region, i.e. stubble burning by farmers in Punjab, Haryana and West UP continues unabated. Emissions and pollution from factories, vehicles, power plants and construction activity also cannot be touched as each of those segments have powerful lobbies who can hire expensive lawyers or arm-twist governments. So the Indian secular state does what it does best – bully ordinary Hindus and slowly but surely destroy the public festivities that bind the Hindu community together.