The recent ban on firecrackers in the capital and NCR region to keep the pollution levels under control has surprisingly invoked mixed reactions from the elite and the masses. I say surprisingly because only yesterday I stumbled upon a ridiculous statement by a “youth icon” and “influencer” who declared firecrackers as indispensable part of Diwali celebrations and that it is a setback for the Hindus. I am sure that every Delhite Hindu with some sense and conscience must be relieved at such a directive from the judiciary and would already be anticipating the extent of benefit it will do for the city and adjoining areas.
And all those in other parts of the country have a reason to be happy because somewhere a beginning has been made. We can now at least hope that this directive may find extension and expansion to other metros and cities too and have the privilege of experiencing the benefits of the same.
Personally, I gave up on firecrackers around 10 years back when I witnessed live an accident averted by a close margin when the cracker rocket lost direction and almost got into the window of a neighbor. Continue Reading