Let's light up Diwali with diyas and not crackers


Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-10-28 11:58 Bengaluru: Every year, the festival of light turns out to be 'lightless' days for scores of kids and pets. Yet, many people continue to mindlessly burn crackers by not just polluting the environment but also spelling doom for children and animals. There have been many instances where the pets have gone either deaf or died during Diwali. So it is time to spread the message across the city of celebrating a peaceful and cracker-free Diwali. Dressed as animals and birds, the students of Lisaa School of Design and Creo Valley School of Film and Television hit the streets on Thursday and tried to impress Bengalureans to say no to crackers this time.  Holding placards, one of the students, said, "I have seen how a stressed-out looking canine had refused to eat or drink since he heard the sound of crackers during last Diwali. He was soon rushed to an veterinarian who pronounced that the dog had died on its way. The sound of firecrackers could have caused the heart attack. Each year, during Diwali, the city turns into an apocalyptic nightmare for animals and birds. A dog’s hearing ability is seven times more than that of humans. This means that certain frequencies of sound register 40 times more loudly in dogs than they would in humans. So, it is common to see scared stray dogs running on the streets. There is no one to comfort or look after them." Lisaa and Creo Schools' director Avi Keswani said, "Diwali symbolises the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over darkness. "However, Deepavali has sadly turned into an amalgamation of gloom, darkness, despair, environment degradation and murk. As per the Pollution Control Board studies bursting of fireworks causes severe air and noise pollution which poses serious health hazards. The noise triggers annoyance, aggression, hypertension, high stress levels, hearingloss and sleep disturbance. Fireworks are mainly composed of toxic chemicals like lead. Today, Diwali is just a synonym to a night full of crackers. Girish Keswani, founder-director of Lisaa and Creo schools, said, "We have analysed the statistics from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). It shows that during last few years noise levels are above the prescribed limits both during day and night times during Deepavali. So, we request people to stay away from burning fire crackers and also strictly follow the silence zones and respect the ‘Right to Sleep’. So, let us take a pledge of making this year's Diwali a peaceful one."  During the Diwali awareness programme, students also organised rangoli competitions besides ethnic wear fashion show, diya and candle decoration, ramp walk and skit .