MUMBAI: The Federation of Indian Animals Protection Organizations (FIAPO) has written to actress Shabana Azmi not to fly kites on January 14, as part of birth centenary celebrations of poet Kaifi Azmi, since such actions are gravely harming the birds in the sky.
In an open letter to Shabana Azmi, a FIAPO coordinator has stated, “We would like to point out that kite flying is one of the major causes of injury and even death to birds, due to them getting entangled in threads. Birds depict life, freedom and happiness, the emotions which Kaifi ji held close to his heart. With your dedication to support social causes like AIDS Awareness, girl education and empowerment of women, we are sure you would not want to cause any harm to the life of birds on this celebratory occasion.”
Talking to TOI, a FIAPO member said, “We have also tagged our online post to Shabana ji, and also couriered a copy of the letter to her. We sincerely hope that she will cancel the plans to fly hundreds of kites at Azampur, Kanpur and other places as part of the birth centenary celebrations of her legendary poet father.”
The FIAPO letter also states, “With heartfelt respect for you and your late father Kaifi Azmi ji, whose poetry created ripples in the lives of several individuals, we appeal to you to commemorate the happy occasion with a kind gesture like feeding birds. We hope that a humanitarian like you will recognize the need to be kind to all living beings.”
Every year, during the Makar Sankranti festival in January, several hundreds of birds get injured or killed either by getting entangled in the thread or the sharp ‘manja’ thread used by those who fly kites during the occasion.