Gambhir, Ashwin share concerns regarding New Delhi’s ‘toxic air’

Lok Sabha member Gambhir urges people to “open their eyes”, at which he is reminded that he himself has the power to trigger a change.

By Web Desk
August 01, 2019
Former cricketers Gautam Gambhir (L) and Ravichandran Ashwin (R) seek to create awareness about pollution and climate change. Photo— file. 

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin have urged the Indian authorities to take notice of New Delhi’s “polluted and toxic air” which is purportedly causing lung cancers in the affected inhabitants.

Gambhir, who is a member of the Lok Sabha — the lower house of the Indian parliament — reacted to the news of “a 28-year-old non-smoking woman from a non-smoking family” being diagnosed with fourth stage lung cancer — the cause of which has been attributed to the Indian capital’s toxic air.

“We are only as blind as we want to be. Open your eyes. We are being choked to death, and there is no solution in sight,” Gambhir said.

Ashwin echoed his former teammate’s concerns for the environment, saying: “The Planet won’t be destroyed; we will just make it uninhabitable for Human beings. Natural resources are telling us that they can’t tolerate the human nuisance, can we hear?”

Some of Gambhir’s followers, however, reminded him that he himself is a parliamentarian and a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), so instead of urging others to do something, he should himself take some action.