Arey bhai Fark nahi padta………! Ek din nahi karne se kuch fark nahi padta……..! Sarkar bekar mein hi ye ban lagayi hai, kuch fark nahi padta…..!
These are some of the phrases that we hear from almost every educated person on social networking sites and in person stating their opinion about the ‘SC ban on firecrackers’ in Delhi NCR region. These are people who think it is absolutely fine to burn firecrackers on Diwali as it is a ‘tradition’. Tradition, a nine letter word, has plagued this country of billion. Every now and then we fight for our rights against the set traditions which are meant to be followed forever.
“Ek seher mein ban karke kya hoga…. Duniya nahi badlegi ek din mein…….!” are some of the opinions of those who talk a lot about changing the world but feel paralyzed when they witness a tiniest spark of change in the society.
The Supreme Court has ruled to ban the sale of fireworks until November 1, 2017. Even a few days of ban on the combustion of firecrackers has resulted in drop in level of particulate matter (PM) in air as compared to the last year. The government has exercised control in the emission of pollutants like NOx, CO, SOx and other particulates from exhaust of vehicles but there is no estimate on what amount of pollutant is released from a single cracker.
Besides augmenting air pollution, noise pollution is also a gift of Diwali. Lots of birds die due to the spike in the decibels of sound produced by crackers. Diwali, festival of lights, does not mean to darken the atmosphere by smog (combination of smoke and fog or moisture in the environment). The surge in PM to PM2.5 is very harmful to humans, animals and plants. Although a ban on smoking in public places supported, is protested by the same group of people. Ironical isn’t it? The biggest problem in our society is that we tend to know everything but still act numb or sometimes even protest the ‘right’ because we are too adamant to change the so-called tradition of cracker combustion on Diwali.
“What about the other sources of pollution? What is the government doing to curb it? We cannot imagine Diwali without crackers!! Will ban on fire crackers suffice the requisite to control pollution? It is all utter s**t!!!!!!” are some of the questions that arises after such a step from the government from readers with a different perspective than mine. The answer to these questions is that yes there are other dominant inevitable sources of pollution like vehicle fuel combustion, garbage and crop burning, industrial effluents, etc. that needs strict attention. But, all these don’t happen overnight. A noble and calculated step like this from the government will definitely raise awareness among the society which will trigger a long-term change.
“What will happen to thousands who suffered unemployment due to this recent ban?” The sale of crackers in Delhi accounts for approximately 30% of overall sale in the country. Ban on crackers is a bolt from the blue to a lot of traders and workers in Delhi NCR. There are several ways to manage the unemployment. Such traders can engage in other business besides selling crackers.
It is a time to stand up for the cause and support the ban of crackers. We should also appeal for the ban in other states. The sale of most unproductive thing like crackers might offend some ‘business-minded-blinded’ people but will be a panacea for billions.
“Haanji, Fark padta hai…! Apni soch badalne ki der hai”
There is definitely a remarkable change that follows we just need to re-direct our perception and accept what is right with all our will and zeal. Lets, celebrate the festival of lights with twinkling lights without deteriorating our health. Impart meaning to humanity which has long been lost somewhere. Share and care for the people and animals in need instead of wasting money on crackers. Wishing you all a ‘Happy and safe season of festivity…’ 🙂