Don't politicize, give communal angle to cracker ban: SC
The SC has refused to modify its ban on firecrackers over allegations of communal targeting. It has urged people not to politicize the issue. "We are pained at communal remarks on the verdict. Do not politicize or give a communal angle to the ban," the court said. It also refused to disallow people from bursting crackers, reminding the ban is only on sale.
The latest to slam the SC ban on firecrackers in Delhi-NCR is Baba Ramdev. The Patanjali founder has said the apex court's order targeted a particular community. In an interview with India TV, he questioned why people nowadays approach courts over every issue. He also wants the government to appeal against the court's decision. However, Ramdev agrees big crackers should be banned.
"There is no doubt that Hindus are being targeted. Secondly, is it right to taken legal move for everything?" Ramdev asked. He enquired about traders who were issued licenses after the SC's September order lifting the ban. "(Traders) invested crores in setting up their businesses." Responding to Shashi Tharoor's support for the ban, Ramdev said sacrificing animals also harms everybody and causes pollution.
The SC order had triggered a major controversy. Many had alleged Hindu festivals were being selectively targeted. Among the known names who opposed it were author Chetan Bhagat, who asked if "goat sacrifice and Muharram bloodshed" will also be banned. Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy tweeted, "First Dahi Handi, now crackers. Tomorrow the award-wapsi brigade…might file a litigation against last rites ritual of Hindus too."