Green Diwali: Annoying, Misleading, and Insidious Propaganda

Green Diwali.

You’re serious about it.

And why wouldn’t you?

The night sky on Diwali can make any sensible person frown at the absurdity of crackers.

Deafening noise pierces eardrums like a needle desperate to bust a balloon. Nasty debris tortures eyes as if you’re trapped in a dust storm in the Thar desert. And disgusting smoke coils around your neck like a creepy black snake, tightening its grip to choke you to a painful death.

Scary.

The air quality is deteriorating like crazy. Small kids, older people, and even young adults are prone to respiratory illnesses. Cases of TB, asthma, and difficulty in breathing are rising at an alarming rate.

And you felt an obligation to help decrease pollution, save the environment, and improve the air quality.

Therefore, you’ve resolved to say no to crackers, celebrate a green Diwali, and kick the pollution in its butt. Because you knew that the only way to motivate your family members and friends not to use firecrackers this Diwali was to lead by example.

You’ve announced it on your Facebook, WhatsApp, and all other social media accounts, and comments have started pouring in like the monsoon rain. Family members, friends, relatives, and even strangers congratulate you on taking the plunge to ditch crackers, decrease pollution, and save the environment.

All this encouragement makes you feel elated, gives you confidence, and assures that you’re doing the right thing.

But are you?

Deep down in your heart, you suspect something isn’t right. You aren’t sure what, but something is out of place. Something’s awfully wrong.

Damn!

The Power of Brainwashing

Have you ever noticed how the media brainwashes us?

It goes something like this:

A tobacco company decides to launch a new cigarette aimed at the young working class. An advertising agency is hired, late-night brainstorming sessions continue for months, and meeting after meetings, a launch date is decided.

The CEO of the company continuously have sweaty palms and night terrors.

The advertising agency people gulps down cups of coffee after coffee to bland their nervousness.

A brawl ensues almost every day among the billboard designing company employees about which grey shade is perfect for the ‘ring’ on the cigarette.

Finally, the auspicious day arrives, and the campaign is launched: TV, newspapers, youtube, radio, every damn media is flooded with the new cigarette adverts.

Needless to say that this cigarette is not about smoking but about looking ‘cool.’ And who doesn’t want to look cool?

So, by and by, young working-class: marketing executives, field officers, and clerical staff get enchanted by the advertising. And despite tobacco killing more than 8 lakh people in Bharat every year, the cigarette becomes the new benchmark of ‘cool.’

Budget utilized. Advertising succeeded. Brainwashing done.

That’s precisely what happened to me.

When I was trying to make sense of the world during my teenage years, I got influenced by weird modernism, which didn’t include Hindu culture, traditions, or values—being a Hindu was superstitious and regressive, and communal.

I started believing that there was something deeply wrong with Hindu gods and goddesses, Hindu traditions, and the Hindu culture itself. Little did I know that I was brainwashed into taking rotten and exclusive ideologies for their exact opposites.

And Then Came Earl Nightingale

I came across a motivational tape by an esteemed radio personality and speaker, Mr. Earl Nightingale.

In the tape, Mr. Nightingale narrated a story that emphasizes why one should look under their own feet for the treasure they seek. And they must do it before even thinking of traveling miles and miles of deserts, wilderness, and bone-chilling cold to discover a simple truth: what they were looking for was right there, under the very ground they abandoned.

His argument hit me like a hammer—my head spun like a merry go round, and I almost puked.

And then, I pondered:

What if I was naïve? What if I was wrong about Hinduism? And what if I was relying on half-baked theories to judge Sanatan Dharma.

So, I started exploring Dharma deeply than ever and realized that I was brainwashed into disrespecting my own roots. I was dead wrong about everything related to Indic civilization. And contrary to the widespread myth, being a Hindu was, in fact, the coolest thing ever.

But let me admit.

I would’ve turned into a Hindu who hates everything about Hinduism, based on lies spread by wicked people and groups. But luckily, I realized I was being ‘played.’

What about you?

Would you be shocked to learn that you’re wrong about Green Diwali? That Green Diwali is not what it seems? And most of all, what if I revealed that Green Diwali is not about saving the environment?

Let me explain.

Do you think Diwali crackers are responsible for year-long air pollution? (It’s just a single day affair, after all.)

Celebrate Green Diwali

And if Diwali crackers are not the culprit behind the year-long pollution, then WHAT or WHO pollutes the air we breathe for the rest of the days—364, to be precise?

Let’s see.

Firstly, a shit load of vehicles.

Secondly, dangerous (illegal) factories and unauthorized building material stocks running in residential areas.

And thirdly, (but not finally), population explosion.

All of them (along with many other things) make the air unfit for breathing. And create not just air pollution but also noise pollution and water pollution. And yet, most people keep their lips glued with the strongest adhesive you could think of.

But, surprisingly, everybody turns into an ‘environmentalist’ as soon as Diwali approaches. And a coined phrase becomes the talk of the town:

Green Diwali.

‘Concerned’ NGOs lecture us about the dangers of crackers, why celebrate Green Diwali, and how to celebrate a Green Diwali. They make us believe that the evilest polluter since the first microorganism popped out of nowhere on planet earth is Diwali.

Slogans such as say no to crackers, eco-friendly Diwali, and pollution-free Diwali skyrocket overnight.

Police officials, NGO volunteers, and eminent citizens stomp schools and colleges and emotionally blackmail them into taking the Green Diwali Pledge.

And they’re not alone.

Electronic and print media, and the so-called elite and intellectuals—everybody seems to be worried about the horrible air quality, yelling at the top of their voices, day in and day out—”Celebrate Green Diwali!”

They proclaim that Green Diwali is a godsend—the sacred and rare silver bullet to eliminate the tyrannical pollution monster.

“And are they wrong?”

Not necessarily. But as they say, “All that glitters is not gold.” So, let’s dig a little deeper.

Celebrating Green Diwali is a Noble Idea. But . . .

Agreed. The reasoning is solid: firecrackers cause air pollution, and so, we must say no to crackers and celebrate a Green Diwali.

Cool.

But why only Diwali? Do crackers release deadly smoke only on Diwali?

Why not Green Christmas? Or Green New Year Eve? Or Green Celebrity Marriages?

Why so much love for Mother Earth only on Diwali?

Green Diwali Crusaders. And Their Ugly, Dark, Disgusting Truth

Let me ask you this:

What do you think is Green Diwali about? Saving the environment?

Nope.

The Green Diwali people have a different motive: they want you to believe that Diwali crackers (for just 4-5 hours a year) cause the most massive pollution.

Sure, it appears that they are nervous, unable to sleep at night, can’t eat in peace because they are deeply concerned about pollution. And you’re bound to believe them unless you discover their hypocrisy.

Let’s expose it.

Diwali crackers pollute the air, and hence we must say no to crackers. For saving the environment, of course.

Alright.

But then . . . rest of the year:

Monstrous diesel guzzling SUVs move freely, like birds in the air.

Shit (both good and bad) producing hazardous factories run in residential areas without any check.

Digging and excavation stay on all-year-round—giant trucks, humongous machinery, tractors, and trolleys keep roaming (even in prohibited zones) and pollute the air with dust and suspended particles.

But, the ‘concerned’ people keep mum. They never seem to have a problem with that kind of pollution. In fact, their ‘sensitivity’ gets activated only around Diwali.

It’s like eating all kinds of shit the whole year and then stuffing your face with raw spinach on the very day when you’re supposed to savor warm, mouthwatering, and heavenly ‘Gulabjamuns’ because greens are healthy for you.

Isn’t it laughable?

And now, here’s the real deal:

Green Diwali is a Conspiracy.

“A conspiracy? Against who?”

Who do you think?

Hindus.

Now, can I be blunt with you for a second?

I’ve been holding the truth since the beginning, but now it’s killing me. And I have to take it off my chest, so, there you go:

Green Diwali Is An Annoying, Misleading, and Insidious Propaganda Against Hindus

Green Diwali is a shrewd strategy to name and shame Hindu values, traditions, and festivals. And eventually make you ashamed of being a Hindu.

Now, I know what you’re thinking:

“Damn, this guy is completely nuts.”

Well, call me whatever you like, but facts don’t lie:

  • You worship cows? You’re an idiot. Cows are supposed to be eaten, not worshipped.
  • You light Diya under a Peepal tree on Saturdays? You’re a dumb Pagan. But, it’s okay to cut trees for Christmas—millions of them—every year.
  • You play Holi? What’s wrong with you? You’re insensitive. Only Bollywood can use watercolors for Filmy Holi.

“Does That Mean I Must Burn Crackers On Diwali? Is That It?”

Of course not.

Diwali is a festival of sweets, lights, and firecrackers. But, you can choose not to burst crackers, provided that’s your decision—your own understanding. And not because a bunch of dumb-ass Hindu haters brainwashed you against your own culture.

Don’t feel like adding to the smoke and noise on Diwali. Alright. Say no to crackers; go green.

But remember this:

You can’t be selective if you genuinely care about the environment. (Remember, ‘GENUINELY.’) How can you keep your lips stitched the whole year and display ‘concern’ only on Diwali?

Green Diwali is a subtle attack on the Indic civilization. And if you think such hateful attacks will remain limited to Diwali, you’re living in a fool’s paradise. It won’t stop till your Hindu identity is decimated.

Now, it’s Diwali. What’s next?

“Hindu incense sticks don’t let me breathe; Hindus must stop using them. ”

“Cremating Hindu dead bodies pollute the air. Why cremate? Why not bury?”

“Hindus release carbon-dioxide while exhaling. Why don’t they stop breathing?”

(Okay, the last one was a bit over the top, but you got the point.)

“But I Am Worried About the Poor Air Quality on Diwali”

I understand.

But, again. Are you concerned about poor air quality? Or poor air quality on Diwali? They are two very different things.

Is pollution just a one day challenge? Is it like you don’t burn crackers for a day, and you’re done? Or is it a battle we must fight the whole year?

I can see where you’re coming from, though.

You’re worried about the environment. And that’s why you feel strongly about Green Diwali.

Fine.

Then run ‘Stop Production of Crackers’ campaigns. Because banning crackers only on Diwali makes the ‘saving the environment’ thing smell fishy. It gives a hint that the real intention is to ban Diwali, not firecrackers.

And that’s unacceptable.

Now, if you still think that the sickening Green Diwali propaganda does not concern you, here’s what Shri Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ has to say:

“समर शेष है, नहीं पाप का भागी केवल व्याध”
“जो तटस्थ हैं, समय लिखेगा उनका भी अपराध!”

Sure, you can hate me for what I just revealed, but that won’t change anything, not a damn thing. As a Hindu, you have the right to know the reality of Green Diwali.

And now you do.

So, Should You Say No to Crackers and Celebrate a Green Diwali?

Why not, if that’s what you want.

But, again, your decision to celebrate a Green Diwali must be yours. And not because you’re duped at the cost of your culture and values.

Remember, the onus of saving the environment is on We-The-People-of-India and not just, We-The-Hindus-of-India.

Because Green Diwali is not what you think it is, anyway.

What is Green Diwali Really About?

Remember how I said that Green Diwali is not about Saving the Environment?

Want to know the dark truth of green Diwali?

Well, it might be a little tough to swallow, but here you go:

You, the Hindu, is a thorn in the eyes of the anti-Hindu groups worldwide. They are pained to see that despite being ruled over, butchered, and humiliated for 1200 years by Muslim invaders and Christian missionaries, 85% percent of India’s population is still Hindu.

And their frustration is understandable because many countries converted in just a blink of an eye. How come you, the tree hugger, the cow worshipper, the idolater is still a Hindu?

We all know that the time of the sword is almost over. And a new kind of battle is going on: information warfare—a subtle way to mislead, confuse, and convert. Next time you watch TV or log on to Youtube or browse Twitter or Facebook, observe. And you’ll see what I am talking about.

The anti-Hindu groups have only one agenda: make you feel inferior as a Hindu so they could convert or at least intimidate you. And they aren’t going to stop at anything.

The fact of the matter is…

Your Hindu values, Hindu pride, and Hindu Identity are at stake.

Sanatan Dharma

47,000 Hindu temples demolished, millions of Hindus converted forcefully, and those who defied, persecuted beyond imagination.

Like it or not, O mighty Hindu, you are in a war.

Today there is a great Dharma Yuddha going on in the world, a battle between the forces of dharma and adharma, the energies of higher awareness and ignorance. This is occuring on many levels from our own psyche, to the political, economic, intellectual and media realms. Each one of us is called to fight in this battle and there are no neutral parties. One is either promoting the forces of dharma or those of adharma. To not do anything is to allow the forces of adharma to prevail.

— Dr. David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri)

Page 34, Awaken Bharata: A Call for India’s Rebirth

So, you have only two choices:

Throw in the towel, get on your knees, and hang your head in shame.

Or Stand tall, hold your ground, and fight back.

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