Many Indians want a ban on firecracker on Diwali—but still buy them anyway

The question of banning firecrackers during Diwali has split public opinion down the middle in India.

One out of every two urban Indians supports a ban on fireworks, according to market research firm Velocity MR. The firm surveyed 2,580 people across 10 major cities—Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Pune—last week.

Ironically, some Indians who support a ban on firecrackers are also buying them. “Purchasing crackers is on the list of...

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