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Social media and technology addictions are taking away the excitement of cultural festivals like Makar Sankranti: NGO functionary
An NGO functionary, Parmeshwar Sharma, writes from Alwar that though the festival of Makar Sankranti is round the corner but excitement is missing due to cold wave.

"This afternoon as I was driving down the road, it was hard to believe that Sakraat - as Alwarites call the festival of Makar Sakranti - is just round the corner and as I look around, hardly any kites are flying in the sky. I miss the excitement and the euphoria that marked the Sankranti festivities this time," he complains.

"When I was a young boy, onset of new year was marked by kite flying. The jubilation and fun continued till well past Makar Sankranti. We would climb up the terrace after school and fly kites till late evening braving the harsh winter cold. However, these days I only come across the autos and autowalas, or vans ferrying young children to tuition classes and back. As we watch all these festivals go by without any children's noise," he adds a new reason besides the chill in the air.

It seems kites, til laddoos, gajak, peanuts , rewadis are waiting for our children to relish them. The colorful kites are waiting to be flown all across the sky, children screaming 'Wo kata! Wo mara!!' seem to be a tale of bygone era, he cribs.

"Are we, specifically, our youngsters, loosing out on our local festivals, events and indigenous practices at the cost of advancement , studies, career, social media, mobile, internet and the various tech devices?," he questions and suggests that that the excitement of outdoor excitement be restored by weaning away the youngsters from mobile addiction.

In Jaipur, social groups like Raksha are carrying out a campaign to save the birds which get wounded during kite flying. Moreover, commercialisation of the festival through kite flying competitions and special meals in the hotels are other reasons that have hijacked the cultural festival from the society.

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