Patna village celebrates Divali 2009
This year thebookmann went to to take pictures of the Divali celebrations, only to be met by empty streets. He was so surprised to see nothing going on, and a passerby from the area told him that crime has kept people indoors. This reality made him pause, because Divali,the first of three holidays in the year of a Villagereligious nature, all believe in lighting the darkness, is now a casualty of society today.
He understands perfectly that people are wary, and feel no confidence in their government or law enforcement when they decide to forgo a wonderful, family and neighbour oriented occasion. But it could not be missed that this decision went against all that the festival is about. We light our deyas tonight with the affirmation that we shall stem the darkness, it will NOT PREVAIL, and we shall vanquish the terror in the end.