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Well, finally he did find a green
, but no idol. This then is the reality. No one cares.And we are not just talking of the masses here. I have tried to convince several people I knowand while they agreed with me in theory, none of them actually went and bought an eco-friendly idol. In fact one lady told me point blank:
When there is a law against it we’ll do it!
This even though they clearly see the water bodies around them getting polluted. I don’t believe this is due to religious reasons, but due to apathy and lack of civic sense.
What actually happens?
Here are theresultsof a scientific study done on a body of water in Andhra Pradesh, theHussainsagar Lake. After examining the water before and after immersion the scientistsfound that the concentration of substances like calcium, magnesium, molybdenum and siliconconcentrations increased significantly. Also, it wasfound that concentrations of heavy metals likearsenic, lead and mercury had increased. Metalslike lead and mercury are particularly worrisome as they aredangerousto health and can damage theheart, kidneys, liver, circulatory system and centralnervous system.Besides polluting the water, they reach humans viathe food chain, when humans consume fish andother sea-food. If the fishsurvivethat is! Becausehundreds of fish are found dead after theimmersions.The picture on the right is of a beach right after an immersion and that is what the tide has brought in. The site from where I took the photo has other very vivid pictures…if you want tosee them just click on the picture.
If people don’t listen, we need the laws
The problem is that politicians don’t want to take tough action as they are afraid of upsettingthe public as this is a religious issue. But I think it isn’t. Traditionally, weusedmud idols andnatural colours.
These polluting idols are a modern invention and nothing to do with religion!