Holika Dahan is a festival celebrated just before Holi by burning an effigy of Holika, the devil, signifying the victory of good over evil. People sing and dance around the fire and also perform parikrama – take a round around the fire. The legend of Prahlad, Holika and Hiranyakashyap is associated with it.
In Mumbai, people this year have decided to celebrate in a different way. Expressing their displeasure over the Pulwama attack and popular online game PUBG, Mumbaikers made the effigies of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) Chief Masood Azhar and PUBG to burn them on Holika Dahan to upholding the significance of the day.
The PUBG effigy, inspired by the 2019 movie ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike‘, depicts an armyman ready to carry out a surgical strike.
PUBG was headlined recently, with youngsters so much engrossed into it that they often affect their health. The increasing popularity of the game has led to protest from parents complaining about the children addiction towards it. The game was banned in Rajkot, Gujarat, and those found playing could be arrested.
Whereas, Masood Azhar‘s effigy features a rifle slung in his arm with ‘Dahshadvad [terrorism]’ written below.
It can be recalled that on February 14, a total of 44 security personnel from the Army and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were martyred in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district since February 14. The attacker reportedly was a member of Jaish-e-Mohammad.