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WE HAVE BROKEN MANY DAHI HANDIS IN THE LAST ELECTIONS, WILL BREAK THE REMAINING IN THE NEXT – SAYS THANE GUARDIAN MINISTER GANESH NAIK

ganesh-naik-handiDahi Handi is seen as a political stage and there is reason for this. You often see politicians do what they usually do not and say what even makes headlines. So did Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik who had the gathering at Airoli cheering as he said that “the NCP has broken many dahi handis in the last elections, a few are left, which they will break in the next”. Yes – we smiled too. Courage, patience, concentration and teamwork of the ‘govindas’ was on display as the city woke up to the sounds of youngsters going around the city in processions, vying for prized ‘dahi handis’. With prizes as high as Rs. 25 lakh, the youngsters, including some all-women troupes, wounded their way to the ‘handis’ in Navi Mumbai, vying for the prizes. The objective was to break a clay pot filled with butter or curd, tied to a rope as high as around 40 feet. Youngsters formed pyramids to reach the handi and attempted to break it even as their efforts are attempted to be thwarted by water splashed on them by those gathered. This year what had not gone unnoticed is that the epicenter of the Govinda festival has moved from Mumbai to Thane and Navi Mumbai where politicians lured the crowds with big prize money and publicized their dahi handi competitions to attract the most competitive mandals. That’s why this year Govinda pathaks from Mumbai were seen coming to Thane and Navi Mumbai to accept the challenge of breaking handis for a handsome amount of money, which is the most tempting factor of the festival. With the stage set with such fervor and gusto, the high level of energy was bound to inject enthusiasm in all – from organizers to onlookers. And looks like it did not even spare Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik who visited all

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