Cracker Ban
"SC bans fireworks on Diwali? A full ban? What’s Diwali for children without crackers?" asked Chetan Bhagat.

The Supreme Court has banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till November 1, and will take into account the impact it will have on air quality.

With the sale of crackers being banned in Delhi NCR, Twitter exploded, with an equal number of people who supported the decision and an equal number of people who said that it should have been regulated, but not banned.

Diwali usually elicits comments from celebrities, many of them pleas to people to not burst crackers, or not to add to the pollution during the festival.

But with the Supreme Court's order, the debates took a different tone altogether.

Controversy’s poster child author Chetan Bhagat tweeted that “Banning crackers on Diwali is like banning Christmas trees on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid. Regulate. Don’t ban. Respect traditions.”

 

Making it a matter of religion rather than the environmental concern did not go down well with many. Others cheered on Bhagat calling the SC order an insult to Hindu festivals.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor replied to Chetan Bhagat telling him he was comparing practices integral to a festival with unholy add-ons.

Not just, Tharoor, many others too jumped into the debate, vociferously arguing for and against the ban.

New Delhi’s situation is already not looking too good. According to a PTI report, SAFAR, a central government agency which monitors air pollution said that the situation was poor and forecasted that it was going to deteriorate. Last year, however, Delhi was at its worst with the city blanketed in a smog, which led to low visibility and difficulty breathing for more than a week after Diwali, prompting many organisations to take emergency measures.

Meanwhile, Cricketer Yuvraj Singh put out a video on his official Twitter handle on Sunday, where he requested everyone not to burst crackers, but rather to eat sweets, give hugs, play cards, and but not to burst crackers.

Many pointed out that the idea behind banning crackers wasn't to crackdown on the festival of a particular religion, but minimising the repercussions felt by everybody, regardless of their religion. Impassioned pleas aren’t new, and Yuvraj’s isn’t the first we’ve seen. Yuvraj’s tweet elicited many snarky replies, with many asking him to stop using his car, or that he should stop flying.