While the government of Punjab may have enough reasons to carry on with its ban –first imposed in 2007– on Basant festival, however, there are more than enough reasons to bring back the festival in Punjab. In the past, the sky would be full of colourful stars this time of the year even during daytime. Every country welcomes spring season in its own way. People of Punjab traditionally welcomed warm sun with Basant and flying kites. The kite flying festival popularly known as Basant festival was a synthesis of all people without discriminations of caste, colour, and creed.

In a surprising and unique protest, kite enthusiasts in Lahore have made a demand that they will not caste their vote for the ruling party if the provincial government continue with its ban on the festival. The demonstration at Charing Cross of the people can be seen as a protest against government’s move to deprive Punjabi people of one aspect of their joyful culture.

While the primary reason cited for imposing a ban on Basant and kite flying was the number of accidents every year because of the metallic wire being used for kite flying, however, some argue that the government banned the boisterous event because of pressure from religious parties.

The ban can be seen as limiting the options of celebration for people. The festival served as a tool for bringing people of different schools of thoughts together. More and more festivals of such kind are needed in these tumultuous days. The government should review its decision on Basant ban. Ban is not the solution. In fact, the ban on kite flying is a ban on people’s excuses to hang together, enjoy bonfires and other associated festivities.

If the provincial government does a little homework on safety measures, it will ensure a safe Basant festival. In these tumultuous times, allowing a well-regulated Basant festival will not harm anyone. Instead, it will bring a bit of joy into embattled people’s lives.