New Delhi: A day after ruling that the height of Dahi-Handi during Janmashtami celebrations should not exceed 20 feet, Supreme Court has admitted a petition to fix the size of Modak for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Modak is a sweet dumpling popular in Maharashtra and is considered Lord Ganesha’s favorite food.
The PIL has been filed by a social activist Mr. Taang Adaanewala and Supreme Court will start hearing the matter from Monday. Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the 5th of September and SC bench is confident that they can resolve this crucial issue before then. Earlier, Supreme Court upheld Mumbai High Court’s order to limit the height of Dahi-Handi to 20 feet and banned under-18 boys and girls from human pyramids.
Explaining his decision to file this PIL, Mr. Adaanewala said,”Well I didn’t know that we can ask Supreme Court to step in and take care of us. After I heard that they are fixing the height of Dahi-Handi, I decided that I must approach them to fix the size of these sweet modaks as well. Diabetes kills more people than human pyramids formed to break handis, therefore, Courts must ban modaks bigger than 10 Millimeters in height.”
“I suffer from diabetes but every time I see modaks, I end up eating them by the dozen. Since I can’t control myself, it is up to Supreme Court to ensure that even if I eat 2 dozen modaks, my total sugar consumption stays low. I am glad that the honorable Supreme Court also thought that this is a matter of great importance and agreed to hear my plea”. Mr. Adaanewala said.
When we asked a Supreme Court judge whether they really have time to hear all these PILs, he said,”No we don’t, that is why we have been saying that appointment of judges should take place on priority. Now look, Rakshabandhan passed and we couldn’t fix the thickness of thread to be used for Rakhi. Thick threads can disrupt the blood supply to your fingers but we couldn’t stop it.”