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Chetan Bhagat’s tweets on SC’s cracker ban get Twitterati talking, including Shashi Tharoor

After Supreme Court's ban on crackers, Chetan Bhagat - in a series of tweets - expresses his displeasure by asking, "SC bans fireworks on Diwali? A full ban? What’s Diwali for children without crackers?"

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 10, 2017 9:47:20 am
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The Supreme Court’s ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR dampened the spirits of many enthusiasts who were looking forward to celebrating a cracking Diwali. Headed by Justice AK Sikri, a three-judge bench of the apex court upheld the November 11, 2016, order that suspended all licences permitting “sale of fireworks wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR”. A quick look through the Internet will show how many people, including Chetan Bhagat were not exactly pleased with the SC’s decision. The best-selling author, who has an active social media presence, took to Twitter to share his opinion about the ban and raised some pertinent questions.

In a series of tweets, Bhagat starts by expressing his displeasure by asking, “SC bans fireworks on Diwali? A full ban? What’s Diwali for children without crackers?” He then goes on to ask, “Can I just ask on cracker ban. Why only guts to do this for Hindu festivals? Banning goat sacrifice and Muharram bloodshed soon too?” Adding, “Banning crackers on Diwali is like banning Christmas trees on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid. Regulate. Don’t ban. Respect traditions.” His tweets have gone viral, with many opposing him.

These are his tweets.

Shashi Tharoor, too, responded to his question that shouldn’t there be a ban on “goat sacrifice and Muharram bloodshed”, by saying that firecrackers are just “unholy add-ons”. This is his complete reply: “Your examples of practices integral to those observances; banning them would be like banning lamps onDiwali. Firecrackers are unholy add-ons.”

Here are some of the reactions his tweets have generated on the micro-blogging site.

What do you think of the SC’s ban on crackers in the Capital? Let us know in the comments section below.

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