Amid Chennai's smog, Ashwin questions the need for Bhogi fires

CHENNAI: Ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin On Tuesday he asked to educate people about the dangers of further spoiling the planet in the name of traditions. In a tweet Ashwin He pointed to the smog cape that has wrapped Chennai after the fires that lit on the day of the Bhogi Festival .

Massive smog in Chennai this morning due to Bhogi burning, entire nose getting blocked and black discharges later in the day. I am not sure if it's worth spoiling the planet further in the name of traditions. There has to be a way to educate everyone and make them understand, said Ashwin.

Ashwin also replied to several messages that criticized him for making the comment. When a user said in that case people should stop burning crackers for Diwali as well, Ashwin replied: Agree.

Then he clarified that he is not saying whether celebrating festivals by burning bonfires or popping cookies is right or wrong. Look, I'm not saying that one is right and the other is wrong, all I say is that things that will affect the environment must be handled with care.

According to reports, smog in Chennai has delayed some morning flights and high humidity and temperature drops have aggravated the situation.