Diwali, the festival of lights is just round the corner. The atmosphere will
soon be brimming with cheer and excitement. This festival is known for its
beautiful lights and the noisy fireworks. These firecrackers certainly add a
lot of fun but at the expense of polluting the environment. We spoke to some of
our Telly stars to know about their thoughts on celebrating Diwali with or
Eijaz Khan: I absolutely believe in a pollution free Diwali. I do not think anyone wants their children or loved ones to suffer from the hazards caused by any pollution be it sound or air. One should have fun with responsibility. The awareness of the damage caused because of crackers should be highlighted to everyone. I will have pollution free Diwali for sure.
Shoaib Ibrahim: Diwali is ironically never pollution free. I am not the kind of person to burst crackers. I stopped burning crackers long ago because it is like setting your own money on fire. I really wonder how burning crackers came into existence actually. As a child I use to burst crackers. But as I grew up I learnt how ridiculous it is. Lighting diyas, praying to God and buying and distributing sweets is the best. Get together with family or friends is the ideal way to have a safe and happy Diwali.
Dipika Samson: I am totally anti- crackers. It causes so much pollution which is beyond repair. We are already facing issues due to global warming and this just adds. There are so many better ways to celebrate Diwali. Decorating your house, catching up with friends dressed up in new clothes, eating variety of Diwali delicacies and spending quality time is the right way. There should be an environment awareness campaign in schools highlighting the damage besides parents' initiative to explain to their children the harmful effects of firecracker burning. Money to be spent on crackers should be spent on buying chocolates and they should be distributed to underprivileged children.
Sargun Mehta: Every Diwali people burn a lot of crackers because it causes lots of pollution. Pets, particularly dogs are really petrified and I really feel for that. I don't burst crackers since the time I gained awareness. I feel there should be awareness and initiative by everyone. If at all I burn crackers it's mostly light and related to colors. Global warming is already an issue and everyone should contribute in saving the environment.
Devoleena Bhattacharjee: I would like to celebrate a pollution free Diwali for sure. I like the lights, diyas and rangoli and burst crackers very rarely. There are many people around us, who will be having problems with the crackers. So, why trouble them?
Reporter and Author: Anwesha Kamal