Wednesday, January 17, 2007
NO NO TO KITES
makar sankranti is the time when one sees thousands of kites up in the sky.though kite flying is not very popular in south india,in the north and west it is 'de rigeur' during this period. particularly in cities like ahmedabad,surat and baroda.i was therefore a bit surprised when i read that the religious head of the jains had given a call to desist from kite flying.he said nature should not be harmed or disturbed.please give up kites and save birds he added. on uttarayan this year there were many who heeded to his advice
'prayas' an ngo' in surat has been spreading this message and advising people on how the killer manjha or thread kills birds.the ngo has done simple sums.there are 2 lakhs jains in surat.even if 5% refrain from kite flying,10,000 persons will not go up to their terraces and hundreds of birds would be saved.should there be cruelty in such an auspicious festival they ask. "paap no patang? naa baaba naa".