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RSS leader wants balanced debate on firecrackers, says not all spread pollution

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in the NCR area.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2017 16:43 IST
Neeraj Santoshi
Neeraj Santoshi
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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A shopkeeper waits for customers at his firecracker shop in New Delhi on October 9.(AFP)

Not all crackers spread pollution and the debate on fireworks should be balanced, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s general secretary Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi said on Saturday, in response to a Supreme Court ban on the sale of firecrackers in the National Capital Region during Diwali.

Responding to a question at the end of a two-day RSS working committee meet, Joshi said no “extreme” decision should be taken about Diwali, which will be celebrated on October 19 this year.

“We have been saying there should be no pollution and environment should be protected. We are not against a ban on pollution-creating crackers. But this doesn’t mean all crackers come under this category”, he said.

“This festival of joy has been being celebrated in our society for such a long time. We light earthen lamps. Tomorrow some will say there are problems with earthen lamps also. So there should be a debate in a balanced way,” he added.

The Supreme Court’s ban on the sale of crackers has received a lukewarm response, with many saying the industry will be badly hit and that fireworks were an integral part of the celebrations of the Hindu festival. But environmentalists have welcomed the decision, saying the ban will help improve the quality of air in the Capital.

First Published: Oct 14, 2017 16:43 IST