Rakshabandhan is a festival about exchanging a promise for a silk or a cotton thread called Rakhi. Promise is given by a brother to always love and support his sister in exchange of the Rakhi that she ties on his wrist. It’s as simple as it can get. But I came across a post that said let’s all encourage e-Rakhi because the Rakhi made out of silk or cotton is destroying the environment for Trees are cut and silkworms are killed for extraction of silk and cotton.
It’s not about the thought of celebrating Rakhi by sending an e-Rakhi that’s wrong instead it’s the hypocrisy of the fact that how is it that the environment doesn’t get destroyed when women wear silk sarees all year round.
It’s the tradition of meeting each other and social gatherings that is significant. It’s the emotion behind tying Rakhi that is important and the promise that is important. The thread itself has so much significance and how can we get that by sending an e-Rakhi. Above all can all sisters in India send an e-Rakhi? A question now occurs that is digitization coming in the way of traditions that are such integral part of the Indian culture.