I write about social issues. Issues that are usually the burning topic in the market and discuss it right here.
So, today, I mean, this post is all about another ‘burning’ (oops, pollution, sorry) topic – Crackerless Diwali.
I’ve been holding onto long. Today, I’ll let it all go. Now, obviously you are expecting this blog to be ‘mature’ and ‘environment friendly’ one, but naaahhh, this is just gonna be a rant from a girl who literally waits all year long for the light and show (of crackers).
To start with, how I celebrated diwali? Well, childhood was all about diya, diwali and lights. My joint family included, us, 5 sisters and we loved them. The crackers. Right from Dhanteras to Bhai Dooj, we divided crackers and bursted them. One of us did turn to ‘environmentalist’ last two three years, but hell yeah, we loved to burst them.
The environment issue did creep in, so we started reducing their amount, from 5 days to just 1 day (until last year). We had ladis and flower pot (which we used to put 10 in a line and light them altogether) as well as singing “Happy Diwali” while burning Fooljhadis.
The childhood memories and happiness were all contained and multiplied along with the whistling rockets and burning diyas.
Now? Full stop?
Alright. This issue is legit. Pets are harmed. Old people are harmed. And all in all, environment, our mother nature is polluted to a great extent.
But, a simple question. How many times in a year, exactly, do you think about air pollution?
Well, did you think about the pollution and smoke we are burning due to vehicles? (Naaah. You never even used a public transport. All you cared about was your own vehicle).
Did you think about the crackers you were bursting on New year eve? (Trust me, they are at par with the amount on diwali).
Did you think about air pollution due to smoking? (Naah. Being High is being cool, eh?)
Not to forget, did you think about the noise and air pollution from baarat (indian wedding proceedings)? (The amount at which people are marrying is fast. And they burn crackers to celebrate their shaadi!)
Now, my cute little homo sapien, you never thought of the air pollution all around the year (don’t lie. I know, you didn’t)! Then why are you proudly showcasing ‘hashtag Crackerless Diwali’ all around social media platforms and bashing those who support Crackers?
Well, I know a great deal of air and nature is harmed. And we need to celebrate festivals for celebration and not destruction. But don’t you think banning it all together is a little too over board? We can always put limits (like we’ve put a ban) and to people (proudly flashing ‘hashtag Crackerless diwali’ ) can always ban them at their personal level.
Why do we have to ban crackers on the exact ‘Diwali’ day when we pollute our environment, nevertheless, other 364 days a year?
If we are banning crackers, then why not ban every culture of every religion that harms nature and animals?
I think, we can atleast take that much liberty to follow and enjoy our culture (without any bans) but in *limits*.
Anyway, I know I’m gonna be bashed for writing this. All the views are welcomed in the comment section. Please accept my views and I’ll accept yours.
Happy Diwali. Enjoy it.
Img : Because I love the sparkle and lights!