Ganesh Chathurthi, the festival of “the god of every man” that freedom fighter and social reformer ‘Lokmanya‘ Bal Gangadhar Tilak reshaped from “a private family celebration into a grand public event”, to stir up nationalist sentiment and bridge the gap between Brahmins and non-Brahmins, has become a game of oneupmanship, as streets, localities, lanes, bylanes, gullies and colonies compete in a gaudy surge of revivalism.
Is it time to pick up the cue from Sandap and Ghariwali?
The two villages in suburban Bombay follow a “One village, one Ganesh” model, reports the Indian Express. The whole village has only one Ganesh festival celebration, held in a temple, and there are no private celebrations in the nearly 2,000 households, nor in other areas of the village.
Less expense, less pollution, less tension.
Good idea? Bad idea? Too socialist for post-liberalised, consumerist India?
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