Happy Deepavali and be nice to dogs

Getting a dog many years back was the last straw that made our family stop buying crackers once and for all. The dog was a hyper-sensitive creature who stood trembling through out the days and nights of Diwali; Any sound of crackers was enough to get her tense and get her heart racing. She would not even eat for days. I have also heard of dogs that get excited and try to grab the crackers.

Dogs and other animals are many times more sensitive than ours. Once we get a pet, it is our responsibility to spare them the torture of crackers. What do you think? (There are also some people who are cruel enough to tie crackers to the tails of street dogs. If you see this happening, stop them, please!)

Beyond noise pollution, most of us know now the negative effects of crackers which emit corrosive oxides of Sulphur, Phosphorous and Nitrogen, as well as the poisonous CO2. So why do we continue to buy crackers?

Tradition? "What is a Diwali without fireworks" attitude? If that is the case, why not have a community fireworks event managed by trained people; so people in a neighbourhood get together in a nearby maidan or park, it would be a nice picnic. Enjoyable and safe. And the chance to see spectacular fireworks which individually we may not be able to afford to buy!

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Meera K is the co-founder of Citizen Matters, the award-winning civic media platform. She also helped initiate Open City, an urban data platform (opencity.in). Meera is an Ashoka Fellow, recognised for her work building open knowledge platforms that allow citizens to collaborate and improve their cities. She is Founder-trustee at Oorvani Foundation.


  1. I have two dogs. One does not care about crackers. But the other gets very scared and feels quite secured once we let her inside the house. When one is young we all have enjoyed our fling with lighting crackers. so let us learn to live with this and educate your near and dear ones and expect a gradual change.

  2. We used to go to Chinnaswamy stadium several years ago for community fireworks..I wonder what happened to that tradition?

    We pool together our fireworks in our apartment building now. Makes a better display for everyone!

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