Netizens Urged People To Celebrate '#CrackersWaliDiwali' & Now We Can't Breathe

Others argued that Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' and not the 'festival of firecrackers'

Despite the Supreme Court’s 2017 ban on bursting conventional firecrackers in Delhi NCR, pollution levels on the Diwali weekend soared to the highest the city has had this season. Meanwhile, ‘#CrackersWaliDiwali’ started trending on Twitter on October 27, with netizens urging people to defy the ban and calling the bursting of firecrackers a “cultural act”.

While some on Twitter called the bursting of firecrackers a “longstanding tradition”, others reasoned that the “narrative of the environment” will “kill our festival”. Here are some of the tweets:


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On the other hand, some argued that Diwali is known as the ‘festival of lights’ and not the ‘festival of firecrackers’. They also pointed out that no other day of the year witnesses as great a rise in pollution levels as on the night of Diwali and bursting firecrackers not only affects humans but animals too.

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Pollution levels in Delhi NCR

Twenty-five of the 37 air quality monitoring stations in Delhi recorded the Air Quality Index (AQI) in “very poor” category or beyond. The levels of PM10 which can enter deep into our lungs reached as high as 515 micrograms per cubic metre while PM2.5 levels reportedly crossed the 400-mark. However, Delhi’s AQI had crossed the 600-mark in 2018 and in 2017, the AQI post-Diwali was 367. In 2017, the Supreme Court had put a blanket ban on the sale, manufacture and purchase of conventional firecrackers in Delhi NCR and last year, the apex court allowed ‘green’ firecrackers which are estimated to cause 30% less pollution.

Meanwhile, crop-residue fires in Punjab and Haryana are up by 5% as compared to the same period last year according to NASA’s VIIRS satellite data. According to state agencies, the increase in the area of harvested crops is more than the rise in stubble-burning incidents.