Ban on firecrackers


The refusal of the Supreme Court to ban the bursting of firecrackers during Diwali is understandable (“ >Can’t ban firecracker bursting on Diwali, says Supreme Court,” Oct.28). Banning crackers would have been premature. The government would have called it interference into the legislature’s functions and people would have termed it an infringement on their rights and liberty. However, opposing the ban by calling it a ‘Hindu tradition’, as some groups have done, reminds me of the time when Raja Ram Mohan Roy had pitched against the inhuman practice of Sati. Some organisations had then petitioned against any ban on ‘Sati’ as they considered it a part of their tradition. Roy proved them wrong, with authoritative examples. Likewise, bursting of firecrackers is not part of any Hindu tradition. I don’t think the people of Ayodhya had burst crackers to celebrate the return of lord Rama after 14 years. They welcomed him by lighting diyas (lamps). In a bid to show itself as a protector of Hindu tradition, the government even ignored the orders of Supreme Court to issue public health awareness advertisements.

Dinesh Kumar,

Beri, Haryana

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