Di­wali sans crackers

The Hitavada - - THE OPINION PAGE -

Sir,

The Supreme Court has since banned sale and burst­ing of crackers in the na­tional cap­i­tal dur­ing this Di­wali. Although this is solely in the in­ter­est of pub­lic at large young­sters will op­pose it tooth and nail as it will de­prive them of the thrill of the deaf­en­ing sound and daz­zling light that the crackers pro­duce. But they should re­alise that the mo­men­tary plea­sure they de­rive by this has long last­ing ill-ef­fects on our older gen­er­a­tion. It will lead to air pol­lu­tion which in turn will pose se­ri­ous health problems. It may ag­gra­vate asthama and the blind­ing bright light may im­pair their eye-sight. Heart pa­tients may suf­fer from sud­den se­vere heart at­tack which may prove fa­tal. The Supreme Court has in fact given us mem­o­rable Di­wali Gift by ban­ning fire crackers.

R. N. Kulka­rni

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