Dozens of firecrackers manufacturers are doing business online. Some are even offering discounts. Only one site mentions: "Due to Supreme Court's order crackers are ban in Delhi NCR" (sic). Another still says, "Delivery only in Delhi and NCR".
The ban on crackers has been hotly debated online, fuelled by author Chetan Bhagat's controversial tweets. In a series of posts, the author had questioned the ban. "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," one of his tweets read.
While he drew much criticism, Twitter also saw many comments that took on the ban.
Intead of selling fire cracker in Delhi. Retailers should gift crackers to the customer.As selling is prohibited only.#crackerban— Vinay Rungta (@vinayrungta) October 10, 2017
intrest rates on carloan decreased to increase sale#crackerban to decrease pollution..— Richardson (@iamrichi92) October 10, 2017
as if cars emit oxygen to the environment
It is not that I support bursting of crackers, but I definitely do not support selective banning of traditions. #crackerban— Shubham (শূভম) (@shubham_tkd) October 10, 2017
The barrage of anti-cracker ban tweets even forced Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan to backtrack after expressing support for the ban. The minister got trolled for his tweet on "Green Diwali".
His party colleague Tejinder Singh Bagga, the Delhi BJP spokesperson, has announced his intention to distribute firecrackers worth Rs 50,000 among the children living in the slums of Harinagar. Mr Bagga said it would not be a violation of the court order, "because the court has only banned the sale of firecrackers, it has not put a ban on buying or bursting them."
The controversy started yesterday, when responding to a petition by three children regarding the noxious post-Diwali pollution, the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers till November 1. The court, however, said those who had firecrackers can still burst them on October 19, when millions celebrate the festival of lights.