Diwali is just couple of days away. All of us are completely immersed in the mood of festivities. So, today I have decided, not to discuss about any disease. Rather, I want to highlight some points on Fire-crackers. Fire-crackers are considered indispensable part of Diwali by most of us. We have been following this since our childhood. But, we the people of Delhi-NCR specifically, need to ponder again.
Concept of Diwali and the origin of fire-crackers: Diwali is celebrated as it is believed that on this day Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana and completing his 14 years of exile. To mark the joyous occasion, the people of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the Diyas to signify the victory of light over darkness. There is no proof of bursting fire crackers by the people of Ayodhya. The first report of bursting fire crackers dated back to 600-700 A.D in China. Chinese believed that loud bursting sounds and lights would ward off and scare evil and notorious spirits away–a custom picked up by other cultures and countries including India.
Initially this practice was done to entertain the royals and the kings but gradually it assumed religious significance of symbolising the victory of good over evil. Somehow it got tagged along with Diwali too. Many actually believe that firecrackers are an essential part of Indian ethos and banning them is an assault to our culture.
The harmful effects of Fire crackers can be broadly divided into-
- Fire and burn injuries: Usually result after a moment of carelessness. Can be really dangerous, immediately consult a doctor if you get burn injuries
- Air Pollution: Most detrimental for the people suffering from respiratory diseases
- Noise Pollution: Very dangerous not only to human beings, but to some animals like cats and dogs who have more sensitive ears
- Global warming: The Oxides and dioxides of Sulphur and Nitrogen are mainly responsible for the detrimental effects to the environment
- Garbage: These are chemical garbage, and have many ill effects on health of us
What are Green Fire crackers?
The CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) has developed Green Fire crackers. The commonly used pollution-causing chemicals like Aluminium, Barium, Potassium nitrate and Carbon have either been removed or reduced significantly, to reduce the emission by 15%-30%. But, the reality is that, to make them available to the masses, minimum 3-4 months are required.
Till then, you can be either in the team of Brain or in the team of Heart.