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Writer's Block: Independence Days 
15th-Aug-2008 02:43 pm
Bronze Phoenix
While India's Independence Day is often celebrated with kites, the US celebrated with fireworks. How does each methods reflect its culture?


India's Killing Fireworks Factories

The implication that India does not use fireworks is false. They use them in their Festival of Lights. On top of that, a lot of these fireworks are made in sweat shops, by children.

I agree with Tabitha. This question feels more like an attempt to provoke people into slamming the US by making it seem that we Americans are more violent than the people of India. However, if you want to start a fight, maybe you'd better double check your facts.
Comments 
16th-Aug-2008 02:47 am (UTC)
I like the chick who claimed that the Star Spangled Banner was referring to fireworks in the line "bombs bursing in air" and then proceeded to misquote the song. I had to stop reading the other answers I would cry.
19th-Aug-2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comment! Yeah, this was a sad prompt all together. Granted there's a lot to criticize about the US, but this just set us up to be knocked.
16th-Aug-2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Ah someone actually reads up on the gory details of my country for once. Yes the fireworks being used for Diwali, especially the child laboured ones are extremly saddening.
19th-Aug-2008 12:30 am (UTC)
I've been interested in India for a long time and I thought that they did use fireworks. So I did some research to find out when they used fireworks. It's sad to think of children being used that way.
19th-Aug-2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Yes but thankfully child-labour is slowly being wiped off in the country now, ever since the NGOs and Schools took initiative.
19th-Aug-2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that! Best of luck! :-)
16th-Aug-2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
I don;t imagine this was what they had in mind when they posted this prompt. Yay for you going outside the box.

Also, us UK citizens don't have an independence day. Everyone else became independent from us :-P
19th-Aug-2008 12:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm sure that the responses were all supposed to be about how the US was so violent while India was so peaceful. The thing is, India is a melting pot, just like the US and it's dangerous to make generalities about either country.
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