… is similar to Rotting Teeth : Halloween. Let me explain.
Folks in India are currently leaving no stone unturned in trying to get kids away from lighting firecrackers and having fun (like we used to when we were kids – who am I kidding? I still have fun lighting crackers!). There are groups and e-mailing lists formed trying to get parents to influence their kids to stop having fun because of its effect on the environment. What these well-meaning adults fail to consider is that Indians (and probably, they themselves) are buying four-wheelers in droves, where the very same folks would make do with two-wheelers, or not even those, a generation or two ago!
So, if all those bigger vehicles are apparently/obviously not a big deal in polluting the environment, how will kids lighting firecrackers one day (ok, maybe three days) in a year do the damage (or do more damage)? I would rather have these parents vow not to drive their cars one whole week during the year than have them spoil the kids’ Deepavali fun.
That said, I would draw the line on the different noise-generating crackers such as the Laxmi bombs etc. (at least they should stop after a certain time, say 10 pm on one major Deepavali day, and 9 pm on the other “minor” days).
To draw a parallel analogy: have you ever wondered what might happen if I were to start a movement asking kids in the USA to stop going out for Halloween candy as it (surely) leads to upset stomachs and unhealthy teeth because kids consume too many chocolates as a result of “trick-or-treat”ing? I will be royally chastised, no question about it.