EXCLUSIVE: Cracker Ban Ke Side Effects


EXCLUSIVE: Cracker Ban Ke Side Effects

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eedward & Bongstein were in Delhi for the historic Supreme Court judgment that banned the sale of crackers in NCR until November, when the nation’s premier investigative journalists witnessed an unprecedented phenomenon. As soon as the news broke, Delhi began to flood. W&B’s first thought was that they’d overdone substances at their Hauz Khas electro-classical spoken-word gig the night before, but they soon realised that the people of Delhi were actually crying a river over the judgement.

Completely befuddled by this paradox, W&B consulted PK Pachauri, the foremost climate-change scientist in India. At first, Pachauri also seemed distraught by the no patakha judgment, until W&B gently explained that the “patakha” the court was referring to, was not the term of endearment Delhi men used for attractive women.