Hours after the Supreme Court’s decision to ban the sale of firecrackers on Diwali in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday, Indian cricket team all-rounder Yuvraj Singh took to his Twitter account and in a video message asked the citizens not to burn firecrackers this Diwali. Yuvraj Singh said, “A sincere request from my side to all of you coming from my heart that do not burn crackers this Diwali, please.”

One of the most promising fielder and batsman of the Indian cricket team, Yuvraj Singh further added, “The condition of our country which had become last year, the pollution which had devastated the environment, I could not get out of my house. It was unhealthy, unnatural. For the sake of everyone, it is very important that we take responsibility this year. It’s a festival of lights, light diyas, japiya pao (give hugs to each other), eat sweets, play cards … but do not burn crackers as when they are burned, our hearts get burn.”

“With the burning of firecrackers, when small kids had to wear masks, it doesn’t feel good … so lets take this responsibility because its our country at the end of the day and we have to make it better. If we will not take the responsibility then nobody else will do that. Lot of love … I wish a very happy Diwali to all of you,” Yuvraj Singh concluded.

However, while one public personality raised his voice in favour of banning on the sale of firecrackers and came forward to in support of looking for other ways to celebrate one of the most auspicious festival by lighting diyas, or by eating delicious sweets. Noted Indian author Chetan Bhagat on the contrary after Supreme Court’s decision also took to Twitter and said, “SC bans fireworks on Diwali? A full ban? What’s Diwali for children without crackers?”

“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,” Chetan Bhagat further added.

First Published | 9 October 2017 7:25 PM
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