Every cracker in the NCR had a message that echoed through the country !

How did the State administrations & Courts, eager in their almost evangelical zeal, conclude that a cracker ban on Diwali was the solution to our pollution problems?
Is it that they don’t understand the problem at all?

Or is that they have no idea how to handle it?

Or was it simply a case of taking for granted a compliant community because all else has failed?
What seems even more surprising, is that they actually believed people would quietly comply on this very important festival & the ban could be enforced with a ratio of 150 policemen to a 100,000 Indians.
Surely lawmakers understand the psychology of the business.

To preach one must be seen to be blemish free.

To lead one must be seen to have integrity.

To deliver justice one must be seen to be impartial.
When citizens see –

Thieves, rapists, murderers let off without even a rap on the knuckles.
The wealthy and powerful swagger fearlessly & live by their own rules.
Certain communities and faiths handled with kid gloves, despite
inconvenience & insensitivity to the citizenry at large, they cynically recognize that the dispensers of justice are neither blemish free, have integrity or are impartial.

The messaging is indeed confusing.
Are they fighting pollution or the festival of Diwali itself?
Notes for Diwali 2022 -

Work on a clear policy on green crackers from TODAY.
Work on finding holistic solutions to the pollution problem from TODAY.
Recognise the days of whimsical,ad hoc bans are over! More so,4days before Diwali, putting at peril the livelihood of millions
Get the communication right.

Or else -
There will be a pushback !

@ArvindKejriwal @mlkhattar @HMOIndia @gurgaonpolice @DelhiPolice
Not rocket science -

Tackle stubble burning
Prohibit leaf burning
Sprinkle water to reduce deadly fine dust particle
Enhance metro coverage
Make prohibitive owning multiple cars
Penalise polluting industries
Enhance green cover of NCR instead of depleting it.

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