“It has become a fashion to target Hindu festivals”, Kapil Mishra on firecrackers’ ban

Diwali is just a few days away from its pace and the people can’t just wait for the moment to open the seal of firecrackers’ box to light crackers on a special day.

The environment has already gone from bad to worse owing to pollution. Keeping this fact in mind, the Arvind Kejriwal government has imposed a complete ban on the sale and use of firecrackers. Now, no one will be allowed to use firecrackers on the festival of Diwali from 7 November to 30 November.

However, the decision of the Delhi government didn’t go down well with many people and majority of the people expressed their frustration on social media regarding the restrictions of bursting crackers on festivals.

BJP leader Kapil Mishra has questioned Arvind Kejriwal about what steps he has taken to reduce pollution. Kapil Mishra asked Arvind Kejriwal the question ‘Is it appropriate to ban firecrackers on Diwali every year?

Kapil Mishra said that firecrackers are not burning in the capital today, so why is the pollution level so bad today? On Karva Chauth, we had to spend every hour to see the moon and pollution was at its peak, but firecrackers were not working then? He said, ‘This is the spectacle of every year that on Diwali, firecrackers are banned and there is no ban for the whole year. And there is no report of any different pollution from firecrackers. Fireworks are burnt in all countries like America, Australia, Japan, so don’t those countries know how to deal with pollution?

Kapil Mishra has said, “I think the government has to ban the festivals of Hinduism. Can the government ever give an order on how Eid will be celebrated and how Christmas will be celebrated, but the government enjoys it in ordering how Diwali will be celebrated”.

Kapil Mishra said, “The crackers ban will have a direct impact on the traders, because earlier the government itself allowed green crackers and now banned it. 2 months ago, the government gave licenses and when traders bought crackers, they were banned. Due to this, traders will have to bear heavy losses. This is very ridiculous and it shows that the government has no vision”.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.