Like 2020, low-key Dasara this time too
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Like 2020, low-key Dasara this time too

August 8, 2021

Mysore/Mysuru: The 2021 Dasara will be celebrated in a simple manner in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic like last year and in view of the prevailing flood situation in Karnataka. 

In 2020, the celebrations were restricted to about 300 atop Chamundi Hill for the inaugural while the Jumboo Savari was restricted to the Mysore Palace premises, with a limited number of elephants and tableaux. Entry of public was banned into the Palace. 

The official State-festival of Karnataka, Mysuru Dasara is a grand 10-day spectacle that culminates on the day of Vijayadashami. Every year, Dasara celebration attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the world to the heritage city of Mysuru. 

Minister for Cooperation S.T. Somashekar indicated that the Dasara celebrations will be simple in view of the threat of COVID-19 third wave. He has been deputed to oversee measures against the spread of COVID-19 in Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts. 

The Minister who visited the Bawali check-post bordering Kerala yesterday said that it is risky to celebrate Dasara in a grand manner at a time when the pandemic is showing signs of revival in the neighbouring States. 

He, however, ruled out cancelling the celebrations as it would be against the tradition that has been followed from centuries. He said he would draw the attention of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to convey a meeting of the Dasara High-Powered Committee on Dasara celebrations, where a decision would be finalised.

“I have already directed the District Administration to prepare plans for a simple Dasara and after the plan is chalked out, I will take the issue to the CM,” he said and added that last year, the Dasara celebrations were scaled down based on the recommendations by the COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee. 

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“As such, of the Rs.10 crore released by the State Government for last Dasara, only Rs. 2.5 crore was spent. The remaining money could be used for a low-key celebration this year. A final decision would be taken after a discussion with the CM,” he said.

Like 2020, the State Government had scaled down celebrations in 2001 and 2002 due to earthquakes in Gujarat and drought in Karnataka. The State spends about Rs. 50 crore on Dasara celebrations every year.

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Like 2020, low-key Dasara this time too”

  1. ConcernedCitizen says:

    “The State spends about Rs. 50 crore on Dasara celebrations every year”. This is a statement from the article that deserves reading twice!

    What a waste of tax payer money especially as most of that gets skimmed/funneled/channeled to politicians and their cronies. Stop this madness and do not spend any more than was spent in 2020. It is not just Covid or floods that should make a person realize that stupid waste does not ever need to happen.

    Use the 50 crores to OPEN new schools, hospitals, veterinary hospitals. Upgrade existing schools, hospitals, roads, canals etc. Desilt lakes, ponds so water run off is reduced. Plant more trees along these water bodies so erosion is reduced and water retention is improved.

    DO ALL THIS while ensuring open accounting to show that not even one of our tax collected paisa is wasted and ensure that not one of our tax collected paisa gets looted by politicians, their cronies and corrupt public servants. Not a single contract should go to a politician or his/her cronies. The court should step in and say that handing any contract to a politician or their cronies is a ‘Conflict of interest’.

    Finally, to celebrate Dasara, get a young girl and a young boy to declare Dasara as a time for celebration of the hard work of the people and their hard earned money to be put use so it benefits the common citizens that make our country.

    Please DO NOT WASTE any money. Keep all politicians busy with a spade and broom to participate in the clean up of the rubbish they have created and the rot they have fostered.

    Let our children hold us accountable!

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