Protesting late Supreme Court ruling

India: Traders sell vegetables stuffed with firecrackers

Traders in New Delhi’s Sadar Bazar on Wednesday stuffed old firecrackers inside the vegetables they sold. This was done as a protest to the Supreme Court's order on the use of green crackers during this year’s Diwali festival.

The members of the Sadar Bazar Welfare Association sold firecrackers inside bitter gourds, cauliflowers, capsicums and ladies' fingers. Last month, the Supreme Court had said people in the country can light firecrackers from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali and other festivals.

The manufacture and sale of "green crackers" with a low emission of light, sound and harmful chemicals was allowed. But traders say the Supreme Court order should have come earlier.

This would have given time to traders to procure licences to sell green firecrackers, Sadar Nishkarm Welfare Association president Harjit Singh Chabbra said.

Another trader who participated in the protest said sales were very poor this year and traders are disappointed with the authorities. "Most of us do not even understand what green crackers mean.”

According to, many traders have complained that the order came at the last minute which did not give them time to get the license.

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