Try Imagining Singapore Without the Ban on Fireworks!

Deaths of two people made the Lion City ban fireworks

But notwithstanding the loss of 109 lives in cracker explosions in India, the temple behind it stays defiant

Shows how the human life has no value in Country!

My heart goes out to the more than 100 people who lost their lives in a temple inferno on Saturday night when a celebration by fireworks ended in tragedy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quick to visit the victims and their families yesterday. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy urged all private hospitals in the State to accept the injured for treatment with the promise that the government would bear all expenses. Both great gestures!

My Past With Fireworks: I have never taken a fancy to fireworks despite having grown up in a country that cannot be without it.

That did not stop me from buying crackers during Deepavali. They used to be sold at The Hindu at discounted prices. My parents also never failed to buy some at the time of Deepavali so we can burst them during Christmas.

Even after we moved to Singapore our annual visits to India for Christmas meant we will have some fun with fireworks. But not those of the loud variety, only the harmless ones such as sparklers.

Fireworks are banned in Singapore – something that was imposed in 1970 after two people were killed in an explosion.

To Ban or Not to Ban: In India, the loss of 108 lives in the temple accident has ignited a debate on whether fireworks should be banned. It will not be an easy decision to take.

While a total ban may not be desirable given that crackers have some cultural and religious import I would think some controls need to be put in place. Importantly, any controls will need to be strictly enforced.

Let us not forget the Kerala temple authorities had been denied permission for the fireworks, but they flouted the action with impunity.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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