10 Reasons Why Decision of Ban on Crackers is Right

No crackers

Deepawali is not all about crackers, it is beyond the noisy mess or  firy show. Every Diwali leaves Delhi densily covered with a blanket of smog, suffocating and gasping for breath. PM 2.5 level shooted up to dangerously high level post Diwali. This is considered the most harmful particulate matter because we all breathe it, goes directly into your lungs.

People who are condemning verdict of Supreme Court have their own lame excuses “Arey bacche Kaise Khush Honge, Diwali Bina Pataka  Kya Diwali? Sirf ek Din Ki Baat Hai. Now, the people have added a  religious tincture to the verdict.

How did kids get to know that something like crackers do exist in this world? Did they know it  from in- utero? No, we as a parent have created a picture of Diwali celebration in front of our children, which stays incomplete without fireworks.

Some people have argument that Diwali is not accomplished without fire crackers. Firecrackers has been a part of Diwali celebration for years and implementing a ban on it have hurt; religious sentiments of many. Religiously, drinking and gambling is too forbidden on this; auspicious day, however many among us ignore this for our own amusement. Please don’t;let everything on toll in the name of religion, mother nature is above all. Nobody is talking about pollution now. This has apparently become a communal issue.

I have a question for people against banning crackers. When did crackers come into existence in Delhi? No crackers, in Delhi, till 1920, until Nadar brothers settled a fire cracker industry in Sivakasi in southern part of country. Pious scriptures of Hindu mythology “Ramayana” was written by Sage Valmiki. According to historians and astronomers, the Ramayana events fall sometime between 2200-2000 BCE., so do you think crackers were existing in that era.

It is not a matter of one day. I could observe  kids used to burn firecrackers many many days before Diwali. For the sake of only one day celebration ,we suffocate Delhi each and every time post Diwali with the dense layer of pollution,more difficult to settle down even in  the next 6 months. Delhi’s air remains so polluted throughout the year, do we have room for additional pollution during Diwali? Environment can bear to a certain level. Human race had exploited each and every single resource of the nature for own benefit to its maximum potential. Crackers are the example of this.

Only we people have forced Supreme Court to take such radical step to put a complete ban on crackers in Delhi NCR region. Reformatory measures were taken earlier to lessen the amount of these firecrackers, but all in vain, we people put everything into drain.

As per law , no fireworks beyond 10 pm, but we usually start our celebrations after that only. Crackers should be burnt collaboratively in open spaces, but we prefer space in front of our house. Whatever measures are taken every year to lessen noise and air pollution ultimately get hazed in the heavy smoke of these crackers.

People may their own stories narrating their own unique reasons for burning fire cracker. Unfortunately, Supreme Court has banned the sale of crackers but nothing is mentioned regarding bursting last year stocked crackers. Many websites are selling firecrackers online are not within the realm of the ban.

But I can too quote multiple reason why to bann crackers and I welcome the decision of the Supreme Court of India to ban sales of crackers in Delhi -NCR till after Diwali.

1. Eco-friendly Diwali-  Lesser air pollution

Firecrackers emit harmful nitrogen dioxide, Sulphur dioxide and particulate matter, taxing ecological balance and lethal to health.I am aware of the fact that Diwali is not only reason for air pollution ,other more contributing factors are road dust due to demolition and active construction around the city including metro, industrial pollution, vehicular emissions, crop burning by our neighboring states. Diwali is not hundred percent responsible for Delhi’s pollution, but still it is. Every single small effort counts.

2. Lesser noise pollution

The noise ceiling for firecrackers is 145 decibels. High decibels of noise pollution created by firecrackers can cause temporary and sometimes permanent hearing impairment. Other problems that people of old age face on Diwali nights are sleeping disorders, restlessness, rise in blood pressure, and even heart attacks.Worst hits are pets and birds.

3. Lesser diseases

Particulate matter emitted by crackers bursting are so minute that they can even cross the most resistant defense barriers of a human body. They have a propensity to get lodged in the lung and can even enter the bloodstream. Patients (children and elderly people)  with history of asthma and other respiratory disorders may have increased discomfort and worsening of conditions during Diwali. Raised levels of pollution not even spares street dogs and house pets.

4. Lesser accidents

Every year, there happen so many accidents due to misuse or improper usage of firecrackers. Lives are lost and some are maimed for the rest of their life.There have been incidents every year of users being blinded, losing body parts, or suffering other injuries.

5. Money Savings

Crackers and fireworks is usually  on the top of the Diwali shopping list which engulfs major budget and remains quite taxing to pocket. Burning crackers is literary burning money with your own hands. On one hand we worship goddess Lakshmi bless us with money and happiness,from other we are spending it mindlessly.

We need to realise for ourselves only that we are spending money on generating more waste in terms of air pollution , noise pollution for our city.

6. Lesser clutter post Diwali

Diwali celebration leave behind a trail of litter which include burnt or half burnt cracker. According to Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the solid waste produced by the city increased by nearly 25-30% on the day after Diwali.

7. Lesser Chinese Products

Many people connects ban on Chinese crackers  to patriotism,but this is only half part of the story. Actually Chines crackers are extremely hazardous. However, increased enthusiasm has been registered among people for  Chinese fireworks mainly due to low cost. In addition to this Chinese crackers burn brighter and longer too.

These crackers are manufactured with potassium chlorate, ( banned in India since 1992) which is highly unstable and can explode with just a sharp jolt. Chemicals in Chinese firecrackers are also toxic, causing skin diseases and triggering allergies.

8. Inhuman conditions of workers

Production of crackers are provided with no real precautionary measure or proper shield inhumane circumstances. Due to increased demand near festivals workers are bound to work day and nights with harmful chemicals, which may adversely affect the quality of life. Child labours are too incorporated to keep up to the supply of growing  demands during festival season.

9. Less disturbances to animals and birds

Fireworks can cause stress, terror and even death in both domestic and wild animals. Animals and birds can get burn injuries. Noise from crackers can bring temporary deafness among many animals  and disorientation in the birds during the night hours. Air pollution created by crackers produce harmful chemicals which can affect respiratory system of animals and birds both.

10. More blessings from Goddess Lakshmi

“Cleanliness is next to godliness”. The Puraṇa narrates that on the new moon night of Ashwin the Goddess Lakshmi goes everywhere in search of an ideal home. Undoubtedly cleanliness, peaceful, beauty and excellence attract her not the “firy show”.

 

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