Instead of banning crackers ban private vehicles, ban stubble burning, ban illegal mining, ban cutting down of forest. There are more than hundred reasons for pollution but all the blame goes to fire crackers and that too in one day.
Deepawali has been my favourite festival since childhood, to be honest now what I see that actually firecrackers are not burnt to the extent it used to be. It is not even 10% of what I have seen since I was a kid.
We used to start Deepawali celebration with beginning of Dussehra only and used to daily burst crackers or light some sparkles throughout the month. We used to spend our pocket money saved throughout the year on firecrackers. Now after 15 years it is not even a fraction of what it used to be. Still firecrackers are made the culprit which I fail to understand. Not just that, even more so they have become so expensive that I don't even prefer purchasing a lot of it.
If we really want to improve the situation then improve the public transportation system so that people may prefer them rather than using private vehicles, the emission will be low and pollution will not be there at all. Why not plant more trees, it not only reduces air but provides a shield from sound pollution too. Why not stop stubble burning by farmers rather, there are other cheap alternative to burning.
We don't want to find a solution but just put a blame and ban this thing or ban that thing. When government knew that green firecrackers are also there then why it woke up just before a week to Deepawali. Now it has banned sale of crackers online and even offline shopkeepers are harrassed by Police. Why did government not issued the instructions at the time of Dussehra only to atleast allow shopkeepers to stock green firecrackers. Now they have lost their living.
I know loud crackers cause problems to animals and also aged people but there are simple solutions for that too. I also had a dog and cow but we used to keep them in a proper cozy room on day of Deepawali so that they don't get scared.
Pollution is not in crackers but in the attitude of people who don't want to change themselves but willing to kill jobs of lakhs of people for their comfort. China is growing and outperforming the whole World because it comes out with solutions rather than complaint. It is growing because their citizens are willing to change and work accordingly not just complain and ban everything. Why do we purchase Chinese goods just because they are more innovative and cheap too. Why in India we do not see any improvement in quality of crackers or other items. We are busy in complaining and crying.
I live in Delhi/NCR and I know ho much hue and cry is made here in the name of firecrackers.
We are ignoring the pollution that we do throughout the year but we are crying about Deepawali for one day that there will be pollution. It is not pollution but a loud explosion of happiness we express on this festival through crackers.