Karnataka BJP National General Secretary CT Ravi has questioned the annual fetish of different authorities to prohibit the bursting of firecrackers ahead of Diwali. “Why should anyone advise Hindus how to celebrate our festivals? We will light lamps, distribute sweets and burst green crackers,” he said.
The immediate provocation for the minister was a commercial by Tanishq Jewelry that has gone rogue again. It has now come out with an advertisement that appeals to people to “go green” this Diwali. Incensed by the ad, Ravi tweeted,
As is evident, an embarrassed Tanishq Jewelry pulled down the ad shortly after the minister quoted their tweet. But hundreds of Hindu users were offended already. #BoycottTanishq trended again ― less than a month after it had trended for the promotion of love jihad, showing a Hindu bride in a Muslim household in a commercial.
The Chikkamagaluru MLA’s remarks came after Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa officially announced on 6 November a ban on the sale and bursting of crackers. To a question on whether or not green crackers would be banned, he said, “Since we are in the midst of a pandemic, it calls for a blanket ban.”
Later, however, the Karnataka government issued an SOP for the sale of green crackers. TM Vijay Bhaskar, chief secretary, issued an order allowing the same.
Green firecrackers produce 30% less emission and have less harmful chemicals and are less dangerous, according to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. They are sold under three categories, SAFAL, STAR and SWAS, as per CSIR certification.
As per a Supreme Court order in 2018, green crackers without barium salt would be allowed to be manufactured and sold in India. Traders having licences are authorised to sell green crackers from 7-16 November at specified locations. Green crackers are, however, hard to find in the market of any Indian city or town.
Later today, the National Green Tribunal will pronounce its verdict on a nationwide temporary ban on firecrackers.
Recently, Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj had said in a Facebook post that people wouldn’t burst crackers on Diwali in that year when goats would not be sacrificed on Bakrid. “The year when Bakrid will be celebrated without goat sacrifice is when Diwali will be celebrated without firecrackers, hence no one should thrust their knowledge on pollution,” Sakshi Maharaj said in the post on the social networking website.
In 2012, Sakshi Maharaj had been named higher education minister. In the social media post, he dealt with Dakshina Kannada, Chikkamagaluru district education and other development projects. He is currently serving as the minister of tourism and Kannada language in the fourth BS Yeddyurappa ministry. He was minister of sports and youth from 2017. He resigned on 4 October 2020.