Celebrate Diwali with BuildMyGhar - the Make in India way
Diwali is the festival of lights and the time of the year to usher in Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth and meeting family and friends to share the joy. People enjoy bursting crackers and a variety of fireworks that color the night sky in its vivid hues adding that extra glow to the ongoing festivities.
The entry of foreign firecrackers – especially the Chinese firecrackers started bothering the environment of late. These crackers contain harmful chemicals that pollute the environment, are unsafe to use and are harmful to our health as well.
Despite the ban by the Government of India, Chinese firecrackers are still smuggled through seaports (Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata) and apart from harming our health and environment they incur losses to the firecrackers industry of India.
Recently Mr. Kapil Mishra, the official who is in-charge of the Environment Department, instructed his secretary to ensure a complete ban on Chinese firecrackers across Delhi.
Advertisements were published across the country to educate and sensitize people against the use of illegally imported fireworks as well as their ill-effect on health and environment. Officials from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized Chinese firecrackers worth Rs. 7.2 crore, which were stuffed inside cargo containers labeled as ‘badminton rackets’ and ‘adhesive tapes’ at Mumbai in August.
Indian firecracker manufacturers claim that Chinese crackers contain chemicals such as potassium chlorate and per-chlorates (these are banned in India), which are cheap and unsafe. Due to the cheap materials used, the cost of Chinese crackers is less than that of the Indian ones. These chemicals are banned in India because of the hot climatic conditions experienced in major parts of the country. Chlorates and per-chlorates would prove lethal if used in fireworks as they are friction sensitive as well. Whereas Indian crackers would sustain the friction or accidental fall as they are made of better quality ingredients.
Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign is an absolute blessing for us and the Indian fireworks industry as well. Sivakasi in Tamilnadu is the largest fireworks manufacturers of the country (approximately 90 per cent fireworks are produced).
The Rs. 6,000 crore fireworks industry suffers massive losses due to these cheap quality foreign crackers being smuggled to the country illegally and sold in the open market. Banning the foreign crackers would retain the income source of people working in the industry. With the ‘Make in India’ campaign people will realize the significance of products made in India and their safety values as well. It would protect them and also make the economy stronger.
Standard fireworks manufactured in our country adhere to the basic safety majors and environmental factors as well. The amount of noise they produce is regulated and hence the standard is maintained throughout, but the Chinese counterparts have no such rules and their crackers pollute the noise and environment with toxic elements.
We, being responsible citizens of the country should make sure that this festive season, only Indian crackers are burnt, local made candles and earthen diyas that our potters make in India should be used to light up our homes. Not only Chinese crackers but also replacing the foreign decorative lights (basically Chinese ones) would bring the real festivities home.
Diwali Celebrations would bring more prosperity to our country just like it does for our homes. BuildMyGhar urges fellow Indians to completely boycott harmful Chinese crackers and opt for made in India products. We know that a thought can bring a revolution in the country and would change it for better. With this NayiSoch in our heart and mind, let’s make India safe and protect its business by going the ‘Make in India’ way and celebrate the festival of lights with equal aplomb.