Spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said children should not be banned from having fun “popping crackers”.
In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Sadhguru offered an alternative solution to “those who are worried about pollution”, saying: “Worry about air pollution is no reason to stop children from living joy of firecrackers. As a sacrifice for them, walk to your office for 3 days. Let them have fun popping crackers.”
Along with the Twitter post, Sadhguru also posted a video to back up his point: “I haven’t turned on a cracker for a few years. But when I was a child, how much did it mean… from September we dreamed of crackers and after Diwali, the next two months, we will save the crackers and continue to make them every day,” he said.
On Monday, the Supreme Court overturned the Calcutta High Court’s order banning firecrackers during the festival season, including Kali Puja, Diwali and Gurupurab. The high court said there “cannot be a blanket ban on firecrackers” and allowed green crackers in areas with “moderate” air quality.
The court also requested the government of West Bengal to explore the possibility of ensuring that prohibited firecrackers and related items are not imported into the state at the point of entry itself.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, air quality in New Delhi entered the “very poor” category for the first time this season, after remaining “poor” for six consecutive days. Delhi recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 303 on Tuesday. The air quality in Jantar Mantar up to 5 a.m. on Wednesday was in the “very unhealthy” category with 222.28.