Merry Xmas and Best wishes on beginning New Year 2017.
Last week has brought sadness as many of my friends suffered incivilities at the hands of the police. Many of them are largely law abiding citizens who have contributed to the welfare and growth of Vadodara city and its people.
Prohibition is observed in different ways and have variety of laws to enforce in every state in India.
Social drinking is the norm in every state of India. Gujarat cannot be an exception.
Should the laws not be made around the cultural norms of the Society and the way it is formed and its requirement?
When we are talking of uniting as one India, is it desirable to have different laws in all the Indian States for social behaviour?
Behaviour in public places and private homes cannot be equated unless it is harming others outside.
In India social drinking of liquor by so called well off people is not spurious; whereas the people in villages and workers indulge in drinking home made spirits which is injurious to health, spending their substantial income leaving nothing for their poor family.
There are more reported cases of wife beating and child abuse after drinking in such families than in higher income family.. Sadly many family are devastated and numerous have died after consumption of spurious drinking.
Here prohibition on consumption of injurious drinking needs more stringently to be followed.
The draconian amendments in punishment of the Gujarat Prohibition laws are not in conformity of social justice. Lesser punishment is provided in more serious crimes which are more hurtful to the people.
The law makers must consciously ask themselves- how many of them indulge in social drinking? The truthful answer will be astonishing and amazing.
After all, are the laws not made and provided for protection and safety of the people, community and for controlling infliction of injury and of safety of properties and rights of individuals?
All major and developed countries have at one time tried to implement prohibition on drinking. All these countries have realized that it does not work and have finally repealed the laws.
By Ashok Krishnadas