Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Indian Supreme Court bans sale of firecrackers on Diwali

Indian Supreme Court bans sale of firecrackers on Diwali

Acting on a petition, the Supreme Court directed that all licences to sell firecrackers in New Delhi and neighbouring cities be suspended until October 31.

Last November, about a million children were forced to stay home from school, thousands of workers reported sick and queues formed outside shops selling face masks as New Delhi struggled with its worst pollution for almost 20 years.

However, while one public personality raised his voice in favour of banning on the sale of firecrackers and came forward to in support of looking for other ways to celebrate one of the most auspicious festival by lighting diyas, or by eating delicious candies. It had also cut temporary licences of the states of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh by 50%.

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We at inUth spoke to a number of kids who were relieved that firecrackers were banned from sale in shops. With out of control consumption of all these Kaju Katlis during Diwali, this situation can become even worse. On November 4, the pollution levels were much lower than the mean (red and blue dotted lines) values.

Greenpeace report has identified construction dust and vehicular traffic to be the two largest contributors of pollution.

However, the Supreme Court's decision that was supposed to be given today is against the livelihood and supports the environment. Others cheered on Bhagat calling the SC order an insult to Hindu festivals.

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In September, the court had said in its order dismissing the ban, that it will be applicable from November. "A full ban? What's Diwali for children without crackers?" asked Chetan Bhagat.

Advocate Gautam Bhatia too called this ban problematic.

Article 142 gives the court powers to go above and beyond for doing "complete justice", something that should not be encouraged at all.

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