EXCLUSIVE: Firecracker Ban Ke Side Effects


EXCLUSIVE: Firecracker Ban Ke Side Effects

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e were in Delhi for the historic Supreme Court judgment that imposed time limits on bursting firecrackers during Diwali. As of now, the sale and manufacture of crackers are banned across the country except the ones specified by the Centre. Moreover, according to the judgement, crackers can only be burst from 8 pm to 10 pm and not during the day. As soon as the news broke, Delhi began to flood. Our 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, we consulted PK Pachauri, the foremost climate-change scientist in India. At first, Pachauri also seemed distraught by the no patakha judgment, until we gently explained that the “patakha” the court was referring to, was not the term of endearment Delhi men used for attractive women.