Even as the sale of firecrackers during Diwali has increasingly become an undesirable element, many cricketers have also come up in support and urged fans to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali this year.
On Monday, Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh took to Twitter and posted a video message for his fans. “Say no to crackers, let’s celebrate a pollution free Diwali ?? #saynotocrackers #pollutionfree,” Yuvraj’s post read.
Yuvraj’s video message:
“Hello everyone. Namastey, Namashkaar, Salaam. Sincere request from my side to all of you this year coming from the heart. Please don’t burst firecrackers this Diwali. The condition that our country landed in last year due to pollution, the air that we were breathing was devastating,” Yuvraj said.
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 8, 2017
“I could not get out of my house because the air was so polluted. It was unhealthy, it was unnatural. For our kids, friends, parents and everyone, it is very important we all take responsibility this year. It is a celebration of lights, festival of lights, let us all light diyas instead of fire crackers, spread love, peace and happiness,” he said.
“Jhappiya dalo (hug each other), eat sweets, play cards, but please don’t burst fire crackers. (To see) young kids roaming around wearing masks, I feel very bad. I am sure you would have felt bad about it too.”
“Let’s all take responsibility. It’s our country at the end of the day and we have to make it better. And we don’t take responsibility, no one else going to do that. So, my sincere request to you all of you – let’s not burst crackers. Loads of love to you. Wish you a very Happy Diwali,” the dashing all-rounder added.
But to his surprise, Yuvraj received a few volleys of words from the Twitter users.
Few people accused him of being anti-Hindu while some others cited the events of animal slaughtering. Some even went on to advice him to stop using air-condition for comfort and start using plastic bats in order to save trees.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions:
1. How often do u use public transport??
2. Have u ever requested BCCI/ICC to not use fire crackers during matches.
— Piyush Shahi🇮🇳 (@Piyushkshahi) October 8, 2017
don't play with leather balls too, save animals
— Yash Sehgal (@sehgalyash) October 9, 2017
If you stop flying, a lot of jet fuel pollution will be saved.
Also, doesn't IPL have firecrackers?
— Sankrant Sanu सानु संक्रान्त ਸੰਕ੍ਰਾਂਤ ਸਾਨੁ (@sankrant) October 9, 2017