With many effigies of Ravana set to go up in flames today, this Vijaya Dashami would witness a variety in figures – effigies of ‘terrorism’ or the demon king with anti-terrorism slogans.
According to media reports, the escalated tension between Indian and Pakistan due to recent border conflicts has led to an increase in demand for ‘terrorist effigies’. Effigies with slogans like ‘Pakistan Murdabad’ and ‘Nawaz Sharif jaisi karni waisi bharni’ are the new attractions of this Dussehra.
Mahendra, an effigy maker in Delhi, was quoted by a news agency as saying, “We have made 10-12 Ravan effigies with anti-Pakistan messages. This year, many people who ordered Ravan effigies said that they want to send out a strong message against terrorism.”
“Many of them have asked us to paint slogans on Ravan condemning terrorism. These effigies have been covered in black paper with messages written in silver,” he added.
According to a report in The Times of India, the Azaad Dussehra Committee in Ludhiana went a step ahead by making the effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in place of Ravan and Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz as Ravan’s son Meghnath.
Clarifying their decision to burn the effigies of Sharif and Hafiz, the organisers said this festival celebrates the victory of good over evil and Pakistan in the recent past has committed a lot of evil activities at the border, the news report revealed.
The Mohali Ramleela and Dussehra Committee has also decided to burn an effigy of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with other effigies, Indian Express reported.
Meanwhile, many people have preferred an extra effigy to burn alongside the effigies of the 10-headed Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghnath, to mark their dissent. Media reports revealed that few opted effigies in green colour to symbolise terrorism.
“Tomorrow when the effigies go up in flames, we will be burning a fourth effigy symbolising terrorism,” another Dussehra celebration committee organiser said.