Our air quality has worsened, rivers are getting polluted and our forests are dying. The terrifying images of the toxic Yamuna warn us about an environmental apathy. And what better way to express this through images than write it in words?
The four-day long Chhath Puja celebrations began on October 31 on till November 3. Amidst Delhi’s deteriorating air pollution, devotees on Sunday offered prayers knee-dipped in the toxic Yamuna in Delhi. Meanwhile, Twitterati took it to the micro-blogging site to highlight the stark reality of Delhi’s Yamuna river.
The month of November is most dreaded by people across the North-India, especially states adjoining Punjab and Haryana. Each year farmers in Punjab and Haryana practice the stubble crop burning. It chokes the Delhi city air resulting in poor air quality and smoggy environment.
Yet each year, it is the same story and one government has nothing to do than to blame the other state government. Where does the buck stop? Amidst the blame-game, the worst affected are the people who have to go through this situation year after year even though they have the least to do with it.
The most revered river in Delhi during Chhath Puja, the Yamuna is covered in toxic foam and the water of this river is poisonous. The terrifying images of Yamuna warn us about an upcoming environmental apathy and if this does not scare you, I don’t know what will?
But this is not the first time, year by year the same environmental degradation takes place and the only company profiting at such situations are air-quality purifiers and the air-mask industry. However, the toxic Yamuna couldn’t put down the spirits low of the Chhath Puja enthusiasts.