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Gods For Gaia

Diwali sans crackers, and Ganesha, Durga in clay: festivals get kinder on the planet

Gods For Gaia
Kedar Bhat
Gods For Gaia
outlookindia.com
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A slow but significant eco-consciousness is transforming Indian festivals. We can celebrate our faith, it seems, without making the planet pay for it. If you're in doubt—ask your children. At Mumbai's Kendriya Vidyalaya 2, a Central government school, a forest of hands waves at you before the

question has even been posed. "Which of you've pledged not to burst crackers this Diwali?" All hands stay up. Ask, "What's wrong with bursting crackers?" and the answers come fast as rockets. "You can go deaf," says one 11-year-old. "You can get asthma," says another 6th-grader. All 150 sixth-grade students have resolved to boycott crackers this Diwali—and to persuade others to do so too.

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