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Old 2nd November 2016, 12:42   #391
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Have a look at an online campaign I started mid last year. As it is against the forum's rules to get into campaigns, I am not posting the link here.

The campaign suggests we move to organised public display of fireworks (like in overseas countries) done in a safe manner in designated areas, with links to injuries and other hazards.

It just would not gather any takers or momentum, despite sharing with friends on email, facebook and whatsapp.

Please go to change dot org and search for Gibikote and find the campaign. Sign and share if you agree.

It is obvious we should evolve and move towards a better life and future for all.
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This is the third year of going green Diwali without any fire crackers bursting. My family was initiator for this initiative and I wholly supported them.

My attempts at campaigning for fire cracker free Diwali met with so much resistance at my housing complex that I decided not take it further. The conversations were getting really acidic. Took a few snaps of the smoke cloud, after burst waste collection pics and put them promptly on the society social media group. Hope some good sense prevails them.
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Old 2nd November 2016, 13:32   #393
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Check out this piece on connection between crackers & Diwali - https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-co...ers-and-Diwali

Another reason not to buy crackers is it is a totally unregulated market. Manufacturers can print any MRP. So the current situation is you can buy crackers worth Rs 1000/- and pay just Rs 100/- with 90% discount
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Old 2nd November 2016, 13:45   #394
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As the theme of Diwali has always revolved around lights, I wonder how the loud noise making crackers came into picture?!
I for one have been celebrating Diwali non-crackers way since I was 8 years old.
Each cracker I burn will pull me away from my next dream car - Linea T-JET!!
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personally i enjoy lighting crackers although i dont spend too much on it.
Wishing you all a wonderful Deepawali
I think of all the poor people in Sivakasi and other places who spend hours and weeks rolling your crackers. If we do not buy their work output then they do not get to eat. I do not want such unholy things on my conscience.

So, as in previous years I bought a boot full of bangers and blasted them happily for two days. My kids were taught wrong things in school about the reason for having a cracker free Diwali. I set their minds right and they joined me in the celebrations.

If Shri Ram had come back from Lanka and saw only a diya or two lit up in Ayodhya, he would have been furious.

Our environment faces many challenges. Diwali crackers is NOT one of them.

I strongly urge you not to listen to false and misleading information in the media. They have their own reasons. Wicked reasons.

Some poor laborer in Sivakasi has a bellyful of food because of my (and all other who burn C's) humble efforts.

Cheers.
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We burst every year especially when children enjoy bursting them & also watching few adults turning into kids. After all we all earn/make money to spend for our family's happiness

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I think of all the poor people in Sivakasi...all other who burn C's) humble efforts
Well said; echo your same thoughts here

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Old 2nd November 2016, 15:31   #397
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Three families (essentially three kids) pooled in resources to enjoy some fooljharis, pencils, hunters, chakris and anaars. The leftovers were handed over to some kids from the nearby JJ colony.

All in all, a Diwali well spent
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My kids were taught wrong things in school about the reason for having a cracker free Diwali. I set their minds right and they joined me in the celebrations.
I am curious to know what wrong things your kids were taught and how exactly you set their minds right. Please share.

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Our environment faces many challenges. Diwali crackers is NOT one of them.
But these articles state otherwise. What's your take on the following?

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Some poor laborer in Sivakasi has a bellyful of food because of my (and all other who burn C's) humble efforts.
How about just walking up to them and donate them some money, clothes and sweets.. these are holy things too..right?

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We burst every year especially when children enjoy bursting them & also watching few adults turning into kids. After all we all earn/make money to spend for our family's happiness


Well said; echo your same thoughts here

And this guy nailed it super right
Absolutely nailed it. We celebrate Diwali once in 365 days and so many self proclaimed GREEN activists go live these days and start unwanted preaching to everyone.

The most hilarious preaching is, animals gets scared and at the same time many animals comfortably adjusted in their stomach and must be planning to visit next barbecue jaunt for celebrating weekend.

We had fun filled Diwali with 4 - 5 hours session of firecrackers and we all in our family absolutely love it.
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All Petrol/Diesel heads here sulking over pollution on Diwali day can read this .. http://growingindia.org/2016/10/31/d...s-and-numbers/
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If Shri Ram had come back from Lanka and saw only a diya or two lit up in Ayodhya, he would have been furious.
Fortunately, the history of fireworks is well documented. And it is less than 100 years old.

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-co...it-Narayanan-1
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I for one wish the explosive crackers could be controlled. If i want my ears to ring i'd rather have it happen while at an iron maiden concert.

There is no clear cut line to this debate. One side says pollution other side says one day only na and what about other stuffs that pollute?

As for feeding a laborer in sivakasi, pretty sure it would be the factory owners who get "fed" the most.

Have not burst crackers in a long time and i bear no ill will to those who do [except those who persist on bursting the loud ones even after 10PM]. It's a time for joy and celebration and if by bursting crackers we can forget our worries then why not.

Just remember that we all bear a responsibility to clean up afterwards.
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Personally I have stopped buying crackers from my early teens. Not due to any pollution / green diwali etc., the urge simply wore off.
Now a days dad and uncle buys a handful of crackers (non noisy ones like tubri, charki, fuljhuri etc - pardon my ignorance as I do not know the english terms), and the family celebrates on the terrace of our house.

Personally I feel we should celebrate kali puja/diwali with crackers, but strictly ban with anything noisy as it has adverse effect on pets, kids and elders.

I do not buy the pollution theory - people should concentrate on reducing the yearlong pollution caused by agents which are far more harmful (black smoke from 30 year old shaktiman trucks, unregulated sponge iron mills etc).
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Absolutely nailed it...our family absolutely love it.
Whatever that guy said is all right except for one fact, there're always some "outstanding" fellows who burst loud crackers post 10 PM & even at midnight causing trouble to entire neighborhood.

Trouble really arises when there're patients in neighborhood & allergic to loud noises. Another problem being irresponsible handling of fireworks such as aiming rockets at specific targets & bursting crackers in front of neighbor's houses & not willing to cleanup. There are the times where responsible celebration comes in.

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All in all, a Diwali well spent
Eddy, I really like what this guy penned & would like to put up here, so removed all offending words. Is this acceptable now?
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Fortunately, the history of fireworks is well documented. And it is less than 100 years old.

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-co...it-Narayanan-1
I don't know if this is authentic, but this article says otherwise - https://bharathgyanblog.wordpress.co...ali-fireworks/

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1.Barbosa, the Italian traveller who came to Vijayanagar, duringthe prosperous reign of Krishnadevaraya, writes in his travelogue about how Deepavali was celebrated in Hampi with fireworks. This clearly shows us that celebration of Deepavali with fireworks has been a tradition of this land for atleast over 500 years.
--Anoop
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