Veteran actress and Mathura MP Hema Malini recently invited flak for her controversial statement on World Environment Day.
Hema took to Twitter and shared videos urging citizens to perform regular ‘havan’ to purify the environment and keep coronavirus at bay.
She said, "I have been doing this for many years after offering puja. And started doing it twice a day since the pandemic. It not only cleans the environment but also gives a sense of purity, besides keeping disease like corona out."
“Today the entire world is struggling with the pandemic outbreak and the wrath of nature. I appeal to everyone to hold havan at home not only on environment day but almost every day till we defeat corona,” she added, stating that it is not restricted to any religion or caste, but is a simple method to save lives amid the ongoing pandemic.
Hema also shared that the ingredients used by her for havan such as ghee, neem leaves, salt and mustard help in purifying the environment.
The statement however invited backlash on social media, following which the actress deleted it.
Instead, she shared a series of pictures of inaugurating a plantation drive started by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The BJP minister urged everyone to plant more trees.
"World Environment Day! So much we can do to improve things around us! Let us plant trees to replace all the ones senselessly cut down in the name of progress. Let this be a continuous process. Let us also rid our minds of petty anger and resentment in an effort to clear the ambience," she tweeted.
While planting trees is indeed the need of the hour, one needs to exercise caution by not going overboard or doing it the wrong way. “I’m not saying plant trees on a daily basis, rather plant them in the right locations. This should not hamper the municipality's development plan for the city," she said to The Free Press Journal.