‘India squanders on festivals despite inflation’

Vijaykumar Patil
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Musician Sanjay Deshpande urges money to be diverted for social issues instead of extravagant celebrations

Sanjay Deshpande
Sanjay Deshpande

Growing inflation, slowing economy and descending growth rate. Is it real? Looking at the grand Ganesha pandals, festival extravaganza, flourishing markets and malls full of happy faces with bundles of currency notes in their hands, apparently, India doesn’t seem to be going through a bad economy. If it is, then where does this all come from? Only money can buy luxury. Where does this money come from?

These questions have come from the disturbed mind of city Sitar maestro Sanjay Deshpande, whose mind, for once, dwelt on money instead of melodies.

On the eve of the 10-day Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations which culminate into grand cultural extravaganza including a district administration-led laser and cracker show on Wednesday evening, Mr. Deshpande felt he must share with the public what he followed in his personal and family life, and thought would help the society as well. Writing to The Hindu , he said,

“We cry all foul over poor man’s suffering. Why can’t there be action from the individuals of the society then?”

He urged that spending for festivals in the name of God does not bode well.




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