WORTHY OPPONENT

BURSTING THE AIR

After the incredibly high level of smog in Delhi NCT after Diwali this year, firecrackers have come under a larger scrutiny. An already severely polluted Delhi had another blow coming at it. But is banning the firecrackers the solution to the problem? Our School LIVE reporters debate

Cannot Ban the Sentiments

Firecrackers have always been a fascination for people of all ages. Tradition says that illumination of houses with lights and sky with firecrackers is an expression of salutation to the heaven gods for attainment of health, wealth and prosperity. I believe that firecrackers shouldn’t be completely banned in Delhi. India being the second largest producer of firecrackers generates a substantive and rich source of revenue.

Burning of firecrackers is considered a symbol of happiness. It signifies unity and victory. Whether it’s India winning over Pakistan in a cricket match or victory of lord Ram over Ravana, celebration through bursting firecrackers is the first thing that people do.

The supreme court itself has said that the burning of firecrackers has been in the Hindu tradition for years and suddenly implementing a ban on it would hurt religious sentiments, as it’s dangerous to intervene into the common man’s right to enjoy his religious festivity.

Instead of banning firecrackers, there could be reformatory measures to lessen the amount that can be burnt in a single day. The smoke in a limited way is good for killing monsoon insects and mosquitoes.

I believe that banning firecrackers is a temporary and minor cause as they aren’t a part of our daily routine. Sweden has banned petroleum which serves to resolve the issue of air pollution. Therefore, the government should focus on relevant and permanent solutions towards the issue of air pollution.

Ban for Public Well Being

Recently, India celebrated the most jubilant of its festivals, the festival of lights- Diwali. But this year, the festival of lights turned out to be the most horrific.

After being already warned of the deteriorating pollution conditions in Delhi by various agencies, I had hoped to find some educated families to refrain from buying and bursting crackers. The aftermath of the Diwali saw people choking on smog and unable to breathe in and around Delhi. Various people complained of burning sensations in their eyes. All those who did not burst crackers are also suffering from the consequences of it.

Children these days act extremely oblivious to the worsening condition of our environment. Even after being apprised to the harmful effects of inhaling the toxic fumes of a cracker, they don’t hesitate even once before wasting their precious money on firecrackers. Air pollution is not a problem of one person or one locality, it is an issue of one and all and to stop it, preventative measures need to be adopted.

Rather than bursting crackers, we can light paper lanterns. By this, we are not only causing no pollution, but also not losing the spirit of the festival. We need to save the air we breathe, not just for us, but also for the posterity; and banning of crackers in Delhi can be counted as the first step towards a cleaner and healthier environment.

                                                             

Anjishtha  Sharma                                                       Nupur Marwah

Student Reporter

December-2016