When the SC decided to ban the sale of crackers ahead of Diwali in the national capital region, it was sure to be met with some dissent. There are now, on social media, two decidedly hostile camps. Those hailing the move, and those who consider it to be a direct attack against Hindu festivals. The air ambient quality check that the Supreme Court has adhered to might have been a logical step, much like the Odd-Even Rule by CM Arvind Kejriwal. But instead of environmental issues – way too many are discussing how through this ruling, ‘Hindus are being targeted’.
Like most issues in recent times, this one too is being viewed under communal lenses. And in doing so the junta has unwittingly raised 5 issues which according to them seem like sane counter-demands:
- When someone spoke about cremations contributing to air pollution. Wait. What? There are no mass scale cremations that carry on for two days or more days.
Wow. Is there a festival where the whole country cremates people outside their homes for 24hrs? Because then we’d need to stop that too. https://t.co/mxIr8HIkAv
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) October 10, 2017
2) This one guy who decided to that banning crackers is definitely a communal move.
Cracker free Diwali to avoid pollution…Water-less Holi for water conservation…What next? No slaughter on Bakri Eid? Animal cruelty na?
— Akshaye Rathi (@akshayerathi) October 9, 2017
3) This guy who cannot fathom how mass scale bursting of crackers for two days cannot be equated to one off events:
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) October 9, 2017
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4) This fellow who not only equated cracker ban with all-night dandiya nights, but also hasn’t been taught that sound pollution is a thing too.
U forgot dandia which used to be all night and now banned after midnight. Who runs this country where majority has no voice !
— Bollywood Bindaas (@JantaHawaldar) October 9, 2017
5) And the one who missed the memo that clearly said Diwali is the ‘festival of lights’. Also missed the memo that said crackers were not only invented by the Chinese, but were introduced much, much later to feed the firecracker industry. Traditions, you say? Light a diya, not a rocket then.
If you care turn off electricity in your house for a week and don’t use cars. On what basis are you imposing a ban on someone’s traditions?
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 9, 2017
Something tells us smuggling crackers across the NCR border is about to become a thing, just to prove a warped up point. The fight to save the planet isn’t proving a particularly satisfying, is it?
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