Shivani Sahasrabudhe & Kavya Rawal (Meranews), Ahmedabad: On Monday, the Supreme Court of India delivered a body blow to manufacturers and sellers of firecrackers and put a dampener on revellers when it said that the ban on firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) will remain in effect till 31 October, ensuring that Diwali will remain a quiet affair in Delhi-NCR this year.

Central to Supreme Court’s order is the question of pollution—a major concern in the days leading up to as well as following the Festival of Lights, which falls on 19 October this year.

Meranews spoke with Seven prominent Amdavadis and asked them for their views on the Supreme Court order and how they plan on celebrating Diwali this year.


 
Arvind Vegda, Singer
What is your opinion on the Supreme Court order?
“All our festivals are really amazing and full of emotions, but in this way we always harm the environment. Before, crackers were different. But now, they have started adding chemicals and other stuff. Even I like firecrackers, but our country is already facing a lot of environmental problems. There should be some way in which we can burst crackers and at the same time protect the environment.”
 What about an eco-friendly way of celebrating?
 “We should think of things that can be done in an eco-friendly manner and where reuse of products is possible. Just decorate the city with lights, the same as is done  on the Riverfront.

 
   Deeksha Joshi, Actor
  What is your opinion on the Supreme Court order?
  “I am glad about the ban on firecrackers. I am anyways allergic to smoke and I have never been a fan of firecrackers.”
  What about an eco-friendly way of celebrating?
  “Flowers that have already fallen can be used for rangoli. Similarly, avoiding crackers and instead investing time in doing other fun stuff like gaming with family, etc.”


                             Dhvanit Thaker, Radio Jockey
 What is your opinion on the Supreme Court order?
 “We as a society should be evolved to an extent where none questions our collective behaviour. The issue of bursting crackers should have been tackled by  society rather than the court. However, what has happened in Delhi is remarkable. When three infants go to Supreme Court to ask for their fundamental rights to breathe fresh air and the court wants to observe the impact of a ban on selling crackers for a year, it obviously grabs the attention of the entire nation. It's high time we realize the follies in our behavioural pattern as a society and take a note of its impact on environment.”
  What about an eco-friendly way of celebrating?
  It’s a welcome thing.”


  Janki Bodiwala, Actor
  What is your opinion on the Supreme Court order?
 “It is for the good, of course. But I think it is an extremely harsh judgement given by the court, and people want to enjoy Diwali in their own way.”
  What about an eco-friendly way of celebrating?
  “I totally support eco-friendliness, like in the past Ganesh Chaturthi idols were made of clay and chocolate and doing visarjan at home, which is very  good.


                                Mikhil Musale, Film Director
   What is your opinion on the Supreme Court order?
   “I would not like to comment on the judgement. But apart from that, what I think is that people are realizing that we can celebrate Diwali in many other ways apart from crackers, like you can light up your house and many other things.”
   What about an eco-friendly way of celebrating?
   “Of course, I totally believe in an eco-friendly Diwali. The kids of today’s generation are more mature and they would agree with the fact that there is much more to Diwali than crackers. So, definitely it is a good move and we will have a great Diwali this year.”
 

  Raunaq Kamdar, Actor
  What is your opinion on the Supreme Court order?
 “Personally, I do not support crackers because it is undeniable that pollution is caused due to this. Apart from birds and animals, even people suffer  due to this. Ultimately, it is all poison and all sorts of chemicals. There can be designated places to burn crackers, but they should not be everywhere.”
  What about an eco-friendly way of celebrating?
  “It is the easiest thing we can do. We should not waste food and stuff, so conserve as much as possible. We must start from the basics.”
  

Prem Gadhavi, Actor
  What is your opinion on the Supreme Court order?
  “According to me, the judgement should be on a regular basis so that the city remains less polluted. Instead of vehicles, people should be using cycles  So it should not be limited to festival time. An overall change should be made. Banning anything is not the solution.
  What about an eco-friendly way of celebrating?
 “There is nothing such as eco-friendly. Those who talk about eco-friendliness themselves have 3-4 cars, so first they should  learn to save petrol so there will be less pollution. So my point is that banning on during festivals is not the solution.”