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Associating ban on crackers with religion unjustified

The Supreme Court’s decision to impose a ban on sale of firecrackers in NCR-Delhi has not gone down well with yoga guru Baba Ramdev. According to him Hindus are targeted through this move and why Hindu festivals are singled out. Tweets and Facebook posts alleging ‘Islamic rule’ and ‘targeting’ of Hindu festivals have began trending after the court’s ban. Thus a question which arises here is why people are associating the ban on crackers with religion. Pollution doesn’t increase only by bursting crackers as large number of vehicles plying on road too are responsible for it. Will the government take any step to curtail rising vehicular population? Why impose a ban on crackers during Diwali when it is permitted during New Year, marriage, election victories and cricket matches? There are many people who earn their livelihood by manufacturing crackers. The court should have given them enough time prior to announcing the ban. Thus manufacturers and sellers of crackers are staring at a dark Diwali this year. On the other hand, environmental activists have welcomed the apex court order and said that it will go a long way to reduce pollution in Delhi.

Shraddanand Adav, Raytecha Raja Sanghatana President said, “Diwali is a festival which is celebrated by distributing sweets and gifts and it has nothing to do with bursting firecrackers. We should support the Supreme Court verdict. Today, Ramdev Baba has become more of a businessman instead of a spiritual leader.”

Keshav Upadhye, BJP spokesperson said, “The nation must become pollution-free but people’s sentiments should not be hurt. The ban must be imposed for the entire year. BJP supports pollution-free Diwali. I don’t support Ramdev’s views pertaining to firecracker ban. Diwali can be celebrated by distributing sweets, gifts and lighting lamp.”

Chetan Rajhans, spokesperson of Sanatan Sanstha said, “I feel that this is anti-Hindu decision. The Supreme Court has delivered the verdict and it must be followed throughout the year and not only during Diwali. Now New Year will arrive after two months and crackers will be bursted during that period.”

Prof Ram Baheti said, “The Supreme Court has delivered a right verdict. It is not right to say that the ban is imposed only on Hindu festivals. Most of the crackers manufacturing companies will incur heavy losses due fall in sales. The ban imposed on firecrackers is a right step and will go a long way to control pollution.”

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