In a winter without festivals, kite flying on Makar Sankranti offers hope for a socially-distanced, eco-friendly celebration
With people engaging in customary duels of kite flying from rooftops of their respective places, COVID-19 restrictions like night curfews, curbs on public gatherings, and the firecracker ban will not rob Makar Sankranti of the fun and frolic it is associated with.
Every year around festivals like Makar Sankranti, when kites soar in the sky competing with each other, conservation organisations continue to rescue thousands of birds entangled or injured by these kite strings
Delhi government ordered ban only after the Delhi High Court's order on 2 August, in the wake of the death of two innocent kids due to the string.
Two children and a youth died on Independence Day as Chinese kite string (manja), coated with powdered glass, slit their throats in separate incidents across the national capital, prompting the Delhi government to finally ban the killer thread.
A total of 2,789 cases of mishaps resulting from kite-flying were reported in the state as 'Uttarayan' was celebrated across Gujarat.
Modi stressed on the importance of tourism and the need for India to keep pace with the developments across the world in strengthening tourism.
Photo of Kites of various shapes and sizes fly near India Gate on the occasion during th Kite festival 2014