If you want to know what’s making news these days, don’t bother shuffling through the news channels. Just head over to the nearest firecracker shop. Cracker manufacturers are making full use of their creativity to churn out fun, ‘newsy’ titles for their products. While Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party is imploding in the midst of a big fight between its top leaders, cracker manufacturers in Allahabad are not missing a chance to taunt the political class.
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Photos posted by news agency ANI showed crackers with titles like ‘Amar Singh ki phuljhadi’ (reference to allegations that Amar Singh is culpable for the SP fight) and ‘Samajwadi tag war’ (the obvious). The cracker boxes come with glossy pictures of the SP leaders including Mulayam Singh and Shivpal Yadav. There’s also a dig at Ram Gopal Yadav, the SP leader who was expelled from the party earlier this week with a cracker dedicated to him saying ‘Ramgopal Yadav ki lal mirchi’ translated as Ram Gopal Yadav’s red chilly. Ramgopal, seen as a strong supporter of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, was accused of plotting conspiracies against the party and later sacked.
If there are indications that the BJP will exploit the Army’s ‘surgical strike’ against terrorist camps in the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, well, the cracker manufacturers are giving the hint. Against a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a cracker box proclaims ‘Modi bam’ (Modi bomb). There are also boxes of rockets titled ‘Surgical strike’ alongside pictures of Army men with weapons.
Does anyone need more convincing to buy crackers for Diwali?