The five-day Hindu festival of lights, Diwali (Sanskrit: Deepavali, "row of lamps"), with the climax on the third night, started this year in India on November 5. It's supposed to be a time for introspection, a time to ponder the triumph of light over darkness, of good over evil. But here is what Connaught Place in Delhi looked like as the first day of Diwali dawned:
Another view of Delhi as the morning sky lightened:
Although experts blamed at least some of the smoky air on Diwali firecracker-lighters getting a head start, a resident of New Delhi tweeted archly:
Haven’t heard a single firecracker in Delhi, yet the air purifiers are blazing red - showing dangerous levels of pollution.And to pound home the point showing a photo of her air purifier going full blast:
Here is the Beeb's report, from which I snatched the photos:
Panic gripped the Indian capital Delhi on Monday as residents woke up to a blanket of thick grey smog ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights.
The Indian capital is the sixth worst place in the world for pollution, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) data.
[...] Authorities warn that crop residue burning will peak in the next few days. [...] The Supreme Court last month allowed the use of “green” firecrackers for Diwali to try to curb pollution, but it was unclear how the rule would be enforced or whether there was such a thing as an environmentally safe firework.[...]