Toxic Air Killed 1.2 Million Indians in 2017. Why Are We Still Celebrating With Firecrackers?

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Toxic Air Killed 1.2 Million Indians in 2017. Why Are We Still Celebrating With Firecrackers?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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rung in the new year locked in an emotional, tipsy debate with my father. For my father, New Year’s Eve means fireworks. He, an otherwise environmentally conscious person who advocates against the use of plastics and uses paper bags, is in the habit of watching the fireworks displays as these colourful detonators signal that it’s time to buy a new desk calendar. Along with so many others, he believes no festivities or celebrations are truly complete until a few rockets have been fired into the night sky.

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