Two years ago, Sudheendra Kulkarni, the Belgaum-born, Kannada-speaking IITian-journalist who became an advisor to both Atal Behari Vajpayee and Lalchand Kishinchand Advani before leaving the BJP last week, wrote these lovely lines in the Indian Express:
“One way of understanding India is to understand our festivals. They tell us about India’s civilisational continuity… Each of our festivals represent mythology’s leap into modern times, an epic’s entry into our lives.
“Our festivals tell us about the importance of thanksgiving to the Creator. They tell us how to discover happiness, harmony and life’s meaning in ourselves and in our relationship with others, with nature, with the cosmos.”
Looking at this picture of workers of the Brihan Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) cleaning a pond inside Ulsoor Lake of the excesses of Ganesha Habba, in Bangalore on Wednesday, you wonder.
About our civilisational continuity.
About our leap into modern times.
About how we say thanks to the Creator.
About how we relate with nature.
About, well, everything.
Photograph: Karnataka Photo News