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In Hyd, The Amount that was Lavishly Spent on Urs (Death Anniversary) of a Revered Person is Being Spent , Since 2 Decades, on Marriages of ALL Communities Due To Thankful Endeavours of Late H'nble Abid Ali Khan , Ex Editor of a Newspaper & Local Muslim Leaders,Likewise, May We Sincerely Request Our Indian Hindu Brothers To Productively Spend The Money That is Lavishly Spent on Making Huge Decorative Idols Which Are Subsequently Immersed in Water, For Feeding Poor People Pls, in The Largest interest of INDIA Pls.. I do NOT Intend To Hurt or Insult Anyone's Sentiments. Yr Comnts Pls .

Asked by abdul hameed khan, 03 Aug '08 02:20 pm
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Yup thats welcome indeed
Answered by Saj Sierra, 03 Aug '08 08:12 pm

 
  
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Let us not forget Ganpati idol industry provides a livelihood to so many people. Most of the craftsmen are from the Konkan area.

Walk around Chinchpokli, Lalbag and Parel in Bombay during July or August (two months before Ganesh Chaturthi) and you will see lots of small and big karkhane or workshops in every lane or as one would say in Marathi gallo gallit. All these karkhane spring up under tents with lots of plastic sheets to shelter them from the rains where craftsmen toil all day into the night making Ganpati idols of different sizes.

I say the immersing these idols is not a waste of money. It is after all so many people's livelihood.
Answered by Jack Johnson, 03 Aug '08 03:20 pm

 
  
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Dear Abdulji, as salam alaikum. I have no comments to give. Regards Cyrus
Answered by cyrus irani, 03 Aug '08 02:54 pm

 
  
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Nice suggestion
Answered by anil garg, 08 Oct '12 01:15 pm

 
  
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It is difficult to be a pure utilitarian. Even in Communist USSR, a LOT was spent on stuff like Victory Day Parade. Even if Naxalites or a simiar anti theocratic body takes over the country tomorrow, ppl may not be spending lavishly on religious festivals & marriages, but would spend more so on "liberation day" or "National day", "culture day" etc., festivals, which run in HUGE amounts.

Take a look @ Mass games in Pyongyang, Korea DPR. THat's just something way too dear for ppl to consider utilitarian.

Even in Communist USSR, I have seen places like Termez. Eid celebrations are HUUUUUUUGE.

The money which is being swindled from ppl is safely tucked into the hands of politicos & certain unscurpulous industrialists, not to mention MNCs. When you are talking about national income, you are taking in amounts like 5,00,000 crores. Marriages, celebrations, idol makingetc., runs at 100 crores-200 crores, ok 300 crores max in India.

With those amounts, if you add it onto the PDS ...more
Answered by A Moin, 04 Aug '08 10:03 pm

 
  
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Hopefully yes , we all should encourage charity
Answered by Stone Heart, 04 Aug '08 12:54 pm

 
  
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My appreciation to mr. abid ali khan.
regarding immersion of idols :
it is an ancient hindu culture and they have their own belifs and thoughts which cannot be changed despite the idols polluting the environment
Answered by RukhsanaSiddiqui, 04 Aug '08 11:44 am

 
  
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Correct
Answered by veeravenkata satyanarayana, 03 Aug '08 10:11 pm

 
  
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I appreciate ur view
BUT
The things which u have pointed out will be the same.
There will be making of idols, and other activities will also go on as it is.
NO ONE WILL DO ANYTHING FOR THE POORS
unless it is done privately or unknowingly.
Answered by naushin, 03 Aug '08 08:56 pm

 
  
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In fact people like Jayaprakash Narayan (Sarvodaya leader) and Acarya Vinoba Bhave were exhorting the Indians to refrain from creating useless monuments for the dead when millions in this country do not have an inch of land to dwell. As you rightly said, people should make proper use of their money regardless of the cast, creed or religion.
Answered by Good Citizen, 03 Aug '08 06:55 pm

 
  
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