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If You Don't Agree With The Ban On Firecrackers, You Need To Read THIS!

Akanksha Bhatia

Lifestyle Writer

Supreme court in India levied a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi NCR few days prior to Diwali and of course, people had a lot to say about it. But before we begin talking about the controversies, let’s discuss the ban itself.


This petition was filed by Arjun Gopal, Aarav Bhandari and Zoya Rao Bhasin (all infants between the age of 6-11 months) last year on 11th November to request a ban on firecrackers with the help of their parents. And the parents of these infants gathered enough support to file a petition and actually won! Because even they figured that the pollution isn’t worth one night of fun. According to a 2015 study, it was found that about half of Delhi’s 4.4 million schoolchildren had compromised lung capacity and would never totally recover.




Now this is, if anything, an issue of personal choice and freedom but it isn’t a religious issue, is it? Those kids don’t know religion, they just want a safe environment to breathe in. However, some disagreed and went ahead to make communal statements (read a so-called-author who doesn’t live in Delhi).


But if you pay attention, you’ll realise that the issue isn’t just about a festival. From 15th October, other rules will also be implemented, as a follow up on the issue - a new scaled action plan to restrict polluting industries and traffic, to improve the quality of air. The diesel generators will be stopped and parking fees will rise to reduce the use of individual transport and encourage public transport if the air quality worsens.


So instead, let’s talk about the people who want to make this Diwali safer! Instead of arguing over the religious repercussions, think about your health, about the consequences of your decisions and your responsibility as a human being. #MyRightToBreathe is a hashtag trending on Instagram and Twitter, where people are showing their support about the issue. Here are a few familiar faces:


1. Dia Mirza’s Request To Stay Safe







2. Ranvijay’s Take On Diwali









 

Let's have a green Diwali! Light a diya and say no to crackers.Join the green Diwali campaign! #myrighttobreathe


A post shared by Rannvijay (@rannvijaysingha) on




3. Kapil Dev Agrees





4. So Does Archana Vijaya





Don’t burn patakas this Diwali, be one instead!

Published on Oct 11, 2017
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