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While Delhi Chokes in Toxic Air, Minister of Environment Wants You to Listen to Music

Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, shared a Veena composition and asked Indians to 'start their day' with music.

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Updated:November 3, 2019, 3:24 PM IST
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While Delhi Chokes in Toxic Air, Minister of Environment Wants You to Listen to Music
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At a time when the residents of Delhi and NCR are literally gasping for air, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar advised Indians to start their day with music, sharing a thematic Veena composition "Swagatam" by Emani Sankara Sastry, on Twitter. The irony wasn't missed as #DelhiAirEmergency and #DelhiPollution were the top trending topics on the social media platform on Sunday.

On Sunday, the capital of India and its neighbouring areas breached the 999 mark on the Air Quality Index (AQI) scale, terming the air as "hazardous" in many places.

According to the government air quality monitor, the air quality index (AQI) in Bawana was recorded at 999 in Jahangirpuri, Rohini, Sonia Vihar, Shahdara, Okhla, Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Anand Vihar, Punjabi Bagh, Pusa, Mandir Marg, Mundka, Sriniwaspuri and JNU. Other places also crossed the 900-mark.

Witnessing the catastrophic situation in Delhi and the Northern cities; citizens, ministers, and prominent personalities have taken to social media expressing their concerns over the toxic air that has covered the regions.

One such appeal came from the Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change Prakash Javadekar, who, on Saturday, asked people to stay away from "petty politics" and focus on air pollution instead.

Javadekar's post, however, was met with disapproval from many, including Atishi Marlena of AAP.

He was further questioned and criticised for his approach towards handling the matter as grave as air pollution.

But as the breathing conditions worsened on Sunday morning, Javadekar found himself in a social media storm after his tweet found no mention of pollution whatsoever. 

That the tweet came from the Minister of Environment left many confused and furious. "It would help people infinitely to start the day with fresh air instead of music. Would you happen to have any endorsement tweets on that front?" responded one user.

Meanwhile, this is how Delhi is faring on the AQI chart on Sunday.

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