I have been fortunate to see a 400 year old Banayan tree intact. Without been hacked as part of a road-widening plan. Without being surrounded by a marbled flooring or black stones and choked. Free from bill- boards pinned to it. I have watched in awe this Ficus over the years. Somewhere safe. Somewhere intact and protected. Today on behalf on this Ficus r, I urge everyone to do a rethink. About the Ficus in your neighborhood, in your city square or besides your school. And act. On Vata Pournima today, conserve the Ficus and its legacy.