In an attempt to curb sound and smoke levels in the city, the Supreme Court has banned all sales of firecrackers within Delhi-NCR on the advent of Diwali, restricting people to the use of lights and lamps to welcome the God to their homes.
The SC ruled out a ban on the sale of fireworks within the city, which is the most sought after product on the occasion. The court has also taken away the licenses of all shopkeepers issued to them by the Delhi police, that allowed them to sell all kinds of crackers, including anar, chakri, phooljhadi, bomb, rockets, and the like.
The question is, whether the people will really adapt to a pollution-free Diwali, after all, it is the most pompously celebrated festival in India?
And even if they do, will they do it of their own free will? Will Diwali ever be the same old festive as when celebrated with cheers and shouts amidst colorful rockets?
In our opinion, the SC could have banned the production of fireworks releasing smoke and creating noise over permissible levels, like ladi bombs, that come with a series of bombs exploding in a line, or rockets that were created using hazardous materials.
But banning all products at once is an opinionated decision made by the court, as not only would it bring an undesired revolutionary change in the way we celebrate our festival, but a drastic slow down of the market, and could even lead to some fireworks producing companies shutting down.
A similar ban imposed last year was a total failure, as none had pertained to the rules. This year too, as we assume, people would continue to buy and sell fireworks, as an age old tradition could not be discontinued by any court against the wishes of the people.
The sales are expected to resume as before from November 1st this year.