After the Supreme Court on Monday continued the ban on the sale of firecrackers on Diwali in Delhi and National Capital Region till November 1, it seems that the decision of the Supreme Court has not gone down with the Indian author Chetan Bhagat. The 2 States novel writer, after after the SC’s judgement, took to his Twitter account and said, “SC bans fireworks on Diwali? A full ban? What’s Diwali for children without crackers?”

In a series of tweets posted by the Chetan Bhagat where he also invoked Hindu religion, said, “Can I just ask on cracker ban. Why only guts to do this for Hindu festivals? Banning goat sacrifice and Muharram bloodshed soon too?” 

“Banning crackers on Diwali is like banning Christmas trees on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid. Regulate. Don’t ban. Respect traditions,” he said in another tweet.

However, Chetan Bhagat’s disagreement on banning the firecrackers in Delhi/NCR did not go down well with other people. Random users on Twitter questioned Chetan Bhagat over his stand on why crackers shouldn’t be banned when it’s one of the major sources of increasing pollution level in the country, especially in Delhi-NCR.

Disagreeing with Chetan Bhagat, renowned author Prerna Bakshi while giving a counter to Bhagat’s ‘burning firecrackers being a tradition on Diwali’ point said, “False equivalence. Bursting crackers has nothing to do with the Diwali tradition. The very word ‘Diwali’ mean ‘light’. Lighting diyas equals to Diwali.” Reacting to this, Chetan Bhagat said, “So you are going to decide for everyone? Ban whatever doesn’t suit your style?”

Chetan Bhagat further tweeted, “If you care turn off electricity in your house for a week and don’t use cars. On what basis are you imposing a ban on someone’s traditions? I want to see people who fight to remove crackers for Diwali show the same passion in reforming other festivals full of blood and gore.”

The prominent Indian author was further criticised by Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla for his views. Replying to his critics, Chetan Bhagat said, “When they can’t logically argue with you. They resort to personal attacks. Usually means you have won. Stay positive. Always”. “Be careful in your choice of words. That’s all I would say,” Chetan Bhagat concluded.

First Published | 9 October 2017 4:41 PM
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