In Tamil Nadu, where I live, Court has permitted people to burst firecrackers from 6 A.M. to 7 A.M. and 7 P.M. to 8 P.M.
I welcome this Judgement as it is not a blanket ban on firecrackers, but instead seeks to reduce them slowly.
I encourage people to adhere to the timing. If possible, I request people to refrain from fireworks altogether for the reasons mentioned here – among others.
Of course I am planning not to burst crackers this year – irrespective of how much its going to irk whom. I am actually proud that I have refrained from bursting polluting crackers for the major part of the last decade. I think that’s an achievement, especially in the Indian context where unhealthy practices are thrust into our throats in the name of culture and tradition.
While I welcome good/healthy traditions, this one is neither.