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Chetan Bhagat thinks Delhi kids need crackers, Twitter thinks clean air would be better

The?alumnus from the reputed IIT Delhi and IIM?Ahmedabad has denounced the ban asking what is Diwali for children without crackers. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons). Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 09, 2017, 01.52 PM (IST)

After getting trolled on Twitter for a grammatical mistake, popular fiction writer Chetan Bhagat is again being panned for his latest comments on the Indian Supreme Court's decision to ban fire-crackers and given a rather communal slant to the matter.

In a series of tweets, Bhagat has said, "Why only guts to do this for Hindu festivals? Banning goat sacrifice and Muharram bloodsheds soon too?"

Bhagat claimed the apex court has guts to just ban Hindu festivals. He further asked the court if it planned to also ban animal sacrifice on Muharram -- observed by the Muslim community. 

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The alumnus from the reputed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad has denounced the ban asking "what's Diwali for children without crackers". Delhi schools have long run a campaign against the indiscriminate burning of fire-crackers on Diwali that pollute the national capital's air for several months. 

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Bhagat also felt that banning fire-crackers on Diwali was like "banning Christmas trees on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid".  

He also said that the court should regulate the use of crackers instead of banning it. And he had a piece of advice for the Supreme Court -- "Respect traditions". 

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Others reminded him of the high incidence of respiratory diseases among Delhi's young where many children are born with asthma caused by the pollutants in the air. 

 

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However, Bhagat saw these reactions as a personal attack on him. 

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