Firecrackers ban: Shashi Tharoor shuts Chetan Bhagat up on Twitter


Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday shut Chetan Bhagat up on Twitter after the latter once again made desperate attempts to communalise the Supreme Court’s order banning the sale of firecrackers this Diwali in Delhi and ajoining cities such as Gurgaon and Noida.

Shashi Tharoor

The Supreme Court on Monday had maintained that its last year’s order banning the sale of firecrackers in the National Capital Region of Delhi will stand. The order was keeping the alarming rise in air pollution post Diwali due to firecrackers adding poison in the environment. The air in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida becomes impossible to breathe post Diwali every year.

Bhagat, who lives in Mumbai and is known for posting communally divisive tweets, took exception to the Supreme Court’s order. He wrote, “Can I just ask on cracker ban. Why only guts to do this for Hindu festivals? Banning goat sacrifice and Muharram bloodshed soon too?”

Tharoor replied to his tweet reminding him that firecrackers was an add-on to Diwali celebration and they were not an integral part of the festival as slaughtering animals during Baqr-Eid is.

The Congress MP from Kerala wrote, “Your examples of practices integral to those observances; banning them would be like banning lamps onDiwali. Firecrackers are unholy add-ons.”

Bhagat objecting to Supreme Court’s order, which was passed keeping the health of people living in Delhi NCR in mind, is not an isolated incident. Many BJP functionaries and supporters on Twitter have vehemently protested the order and said they will bring firecrackers from outside Delhi to defy the Supreme Court’s judgement.

One Twitter troll and BJP spokesperson even sought monetary contribution from his supporters so that he could purchase firecrackers and distribute among slum children in Diwali.  Tajinder Bagga later claimed he had received Rs 80,000 in just 7 hours from his supporters. He posted the screenshots of the payment received, where most of his supporters said they were donating generously because they felt it was for a noble cause.







  1. Shashi has no idea what he is talking about I think dating his Pakistani girlfriend he has converted into a Muslim hence forgotten the importance of firecrackers and how every child I knew growing up had firecrackers as an integral part of Diwali. Not that I support pollution but to dismiss it as not an integral part is ridiculous.

  2. Why are muslims being dragged into this issue? Banning crackers now a Muslim conspiracy? Supreme Court has suddenly turned Islamic? Why is a supposedly educated,best selling author reducing himself to such a deliberate hostile bigoted viewpoint? Surely there is a bigger agenda afoot.

  3. It’s sad to see people have become blind and lost common sense. Donations made so that people are encouraged to break law is rediculous. This shows even educated individuals don’t really care about people and environment.

  4. I am a Muslim and I too enjoyed celebrating Diwali with firecrackers as a child. In fact even now the Festival of Lights remains one of my favourites. However I also realise the havoc crackers play on the environment. Why not use the money to buy clothes and sweets for the underprivileged to celebrate Diwali as well!

    • Appreciate your thoughts. Wish people out there were thoughtful about it too. Just because we were grown celebrating diwali with firecrackers doesn’t mean we abvoid the environmental affect it creates. Any practice that harm nature should be banned or reduced. This ban is a small step, we should accpet and proceed to other contributions we can provide to our giver, the nature.


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