Delhi becomes gas chamber, Twitter asks, ‘Where are you Chetan Bhagat?’


After Delhi government announced the closure of primary schools due to the alarming rise in pollution on Wednesday and possibly on Thursday, some schools in Noida too followed the suit. Presidium authorities announced it was closing all its schools even Noida for Wednesday. Other schools too are expected to take similar measures.

The visibility in Noida, Gurgaon and Delhi were critically low for an early November.

A combination of smoke from stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana and moisture turned Delhi, India’s capital city, into a “gas chamber” on Tuesday, prompting authorities to announce a series of preventive measures including a four-fold hike in parking fees and slashing of metro fares, reported PTI.

The smog brought down visibility levels, affecting flight and train operations. The heavy air permeated living rooms and even the underground metro stations in the city making it difficult to breathe, turning eyes watery

The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, empowered to enforce the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), also directed the states in the region to start preparing for implementing measures like ‘odd-even’ in light of the “crisis situation.”

Users on social media began to target those who had mocked the Supreme Court’s order banning the sale of firecrackers last Diwali. Notable among them was Chetan Bhagat, who has shot to fame through writing mediocre books. He’s always been in news for his irrational tweets.

Bhagat, a known supporter of Hindutva politics, had made a desperate attempt to add communal angle to what was essentially a health hazard. His tweet had read, “Banning crackers on Diwali is like banning Christmas trees on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid. Regulate. Don’t ban. Respect traditions.”

As expected, on Tuesday as the news of the rise in pollution level became a dominant topic of public discourse, social media users began to target Bhagat condemning him for adding bigotry to the Supreme Court judgement.

Here are some of the tweets targetting Bhagat;