Madhya Pradesh Minister Vishwas Sarang on Thursday said the message of saving Holi water was an attack on Hindu holidays, and said it was “cultural terrorism”.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Sarang said that people should be committed to saving water, but spreading this message only during the Holi era will be useless.
“How much water do we use during the Holi season? Save water throughout the year. Why is there such a message only about our holidays?” asked the minister.
He proclaimed that the message is aimed at moving young people away from Hindu festivals associated with culture and tradition.
“This is an attack on our next generation. Cultural terrorism is spreading in this country,” he said.
People come out in Holi with the message of saving water, but it wastes liters of water to wash cars, he said.
“On behalf of the environment, these people are attacking our Hindu festivals,” the minister said.
This year, ‘Holika Dahan’ is observed on Thursday, and ‘Dhulivandan’, while people put colors on each other, will be celebrated on Friday.