Meanwhile, Cricketer Yuvraj Singh put out a video on his official Twitter handle on Sunday, where he requested everyone not to burst crackers, but rather to eat candies, give hugs, play cards, and but not to burst crackers. Further, the air pollution had become manifold severe after Diwali in 2016. Remember the pictures of smog-filled Delhi air after Diwali celebrations a year ago?
"Hello everyone. Namastey, Namashkaar, Salaam".
"Hello, everyone! A honest request from my side to all of you". At this, the famous Indian writer Chetan Bhagat ranted about celebrating Diwali sans the burst of firecrackers and questioned 'What's Diwali for children without firecracker? There is no doubt that the air we breathe gets polluted with the bursting of fireworks. It was unhealthy, unnatural. Many traders those dealing in crackers must have purchased their stocks for this Diwali by now and the ban will put them in huge losses. "It's a festival of lights, light diyas, japiya pao (give hugs to each other), eat candies, play cards ... but do not burn crackers as when they are burned, our hearts get burn". (To see) young kids roaming around wearing masks, I feel very bad. I feel a partial curb on crackers would have been ideal. If we will not take the responsibility then nobody else will do that. We are of the view that the order suspending the licences should be given one chance to test itself in order to find out as to whether there would be positive effect of this suspension, particularly during Diwali period. So, my honest request to you all of you - let's not burst crackers. Raman Handa, general secretary of the market association, said, "Earlier there were 74 shops selling crackers here - everything from top class phuljhadi and anar to rockets".
In 2016, the apex court had suspended licences that "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR" on 1 November, while Diwali was celebrated on 30 October a year ago.
Justice A.K. Sikri said today: 'Let's try out at least one Diwali without firecrackers'.