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Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is the festival of lights celebrated across India with great excitement in welcoming the lord Rama-Chandra as he returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, during which he fought the battle with demons and demon-king Ravana and won. In this way, it marks the victory of good over evil. People celebrate this festival by worshiping Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha, by distributing sweets, lightening and decorating their houses with candles, divas, and making rangoli designs. Bursting firecrackers has become the central tradition of this auspicious festival of lights.
Earlier lights were considered to be the main ritual on Diwali but don't know when and how it became the festival of bursting crackers. People, especially children, feel delighted by burning firecrackers. It is a favorite ritual that brings a smile to the faces of young ones. But does this smile can become harmful for our green planet? The obvious answer to this question is yes. Bursting of crackers causes smoke, which in turn causes harm to our environment. It harms not only our environment but also the people living on the planet. It is a cause of many health problems like Asthma, hypertension, flu, etc.
We all are aware that we are dealing with the pandemic called Covid-19 or a virus known as the Coronavirus. Even if a person catches flu or a simple cold, it becomes a matter of concern, fearing that they may be next to the line of catching the coronavirus. If we all are aware that those crackers are harming our health, why don't we stop burning crackers? Well, Various state governments have passed an order in this regard of banning the bursting of crackers on the eve of Diwali, stating that it is in the public interest as it causes a lot of pollution and health problems. They have a duty towards every citizen of the country.
Pollution will affect the health of Covid-19 patients too, which is a serious concern. But some important questions arise: If pollution and public health are the primary concern, why don't you stop burning crackers in marriages and on other occasions where people find burning crackers as a way of joy? Why only Diwali? Has the Government thought about those people who have their employment connected with the firecracker industry? Is only banning of bursting crackers justified? Why not selling? Does it not go against India's fundamental right to freedom of religion (Article 25-28)? Let's discuss it in further paragraphs.
IS BANNING OF CRACKERS JUSTIFIED?
Yes, its ban is justified looking at the current scenario in which we are dealing with the pandemic. Entertainment can't be given more importance than our health. But one thing is not cleared that why a partial ban has been put. Why for 2 hours had some state governments allowed the bursting of crackers? Pollution is pollution. There is hardly any difference between 2-hour pollution and whole day pollution. But the National green tribunal in the National capital region and Municipal Corporation of Mumbai has banned the use of firecrackers and fireworks in public space