Who needs to breathe, when you can experience loud noises and brief technicolor burtss instead? That at least seems to be the view a lot of folks on the internet, following the Supreme Court's decision to restrict the bursting of crackers on Diwali evening to between 8-10pm.
As reported, a bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said "improved and green" crackers can be manufactured and sold only by the licensed holders. The court imposed a complete ban on the sale of firecrackers by e-commerce firms, including Amazon and Flipkart. The court clarified that on festivals, including Diwali, the bursting of firecrackers will be allowed only between 8 pm and 10 pm. On Christmas and New Year's Eve, the bench said, crackers can be burst between 11:45 pm and 12:45 am.
While supporters of (a healthy) life were more disappointed that only a time restriction has been imposed instead of the expected blanket ban on sale as well as usage, traditionalists were not pleased.
Many, many, many social media users took the time restrictions as yet another attack on religious sentiments and made their displeasure plain (and public):
Fuck supreme court. I'll burst crackers morning and evening on the day of diwali. Stop targeting our 1000s of year old practices. We are a democracy not sharia or communism. Stop making us feel like that. #firecrackers— rOhaN 🍌 (@idontfaqwithu) October 23, 2018
#firecrackers #apexcourt tum logo ko kaya hum se problem hai kaya? Tum logo ko hindus hi milte hai kaya? #ravandhan ban kar do usse pollution nahi hota kaya? Pagal apex court solution dhundo. Festivals ban mat karo.— Ashwary6141 (@KuuKirsi) October 23, 2018
While I am myself not a fan #Firecrackers, this judgement by the #SupremeCourt of #India is overreaching! The judiciary encroaching into the executive is always bad for an democracy and of late it is happening a lot! https://t.co/5MTV7HKKuY— Chirag Vadgama (@ichiragvadgama) October 23, 2018
Others had a lighter take on the burning issue:
The Supreme court said that bursting #Firecrackers is allowed only between 8 pm and 10 pm on religious festivals. But don't worry, after 10 pm you can always shout "Thain Thain"— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) October 23, 2018