Skip to main content

Incentivise Indian states which ban liquor: Civil society campaign Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan's budget demand

By Our Representative
The civil society-sponsored “campaign for prohibition and addiction free India”, Nashamukt Bharat Andolan, has asked the Government of India (GoI) to “incentivise” states for implementing prohibition and compensate any revenue loss, insisting, the demand is only a “natural extension of the fight against corporate loot of resources and labour.”
Addressing a prayer meeting of participants in a march at Rajghat on January 30, campaign leader Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) sharply criticized the “merchants of hate and fanaticism” for killing Gandhi, but said, they wouldn’t be able to “kill his ideas and philosophy.”
The campaign began at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad on January 23 and passed through Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, where civil society activists from 10 states held more than 25 meetings in schools, colleges, community halls and public places, asking people to rid society of addiction.
Begun as a public meeting at at Shaheed Park, near ITO in Delhi, after paying homage to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, the march ended at Rajghat.
Claiming the recent successes in ensuring recent liquor ban orders in Bihar and Kerala is the result of the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) campaign, Patkar said, even now most states pay scant heed to the Article 47 of the Directive Principles of State Policy in the Indian Constitution, which seeks an addiction-free society.
One of the largest apex bodies of society organizations, NAPM is led by Patkar. Alcohol prohibition in India is in force in the states of Gujarat, Kerala, Bihar, Nagaland and Manipur, and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
Dr. Sunilam, Samajwadi Samagam, another campagn leader, said, “Governments often cite loss of revenue as the reason for not implementing prohibition”, calling upon Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to announce in the forthcoming budget a compensation amount for states which ban liquor.
Well-known religious leader Swami Agnivesh said, “No religion in this world promotes alcohol or any other forms of addiction”, regretting, however, “religious leaders haven’t come forward asking for a ban on the sale and promotion of the alcohol and related drugs.”
Sawai Singh of the Rajasthan Samagr Seva Sangh alleged that the Rajasthan government is under “complete influence of liquor and drug mafia. Prohibition in the state was lifted within a year of its imposition. It’s unfortunate that excise department has the photograph of Mahatma Gandhi in its offices, but shows no respect for his teachings.”
Praising the Bihar government for imposing prohibition, Sanjay Kumar said, in an “inspirational” move, about three crore people formed a human chain recently in of support of liquor ban, suggested how people, especially women, have taken it.
Sarbati Bai from Kathputli Colony, Delhi, where a fight is currently on against efforts to evict the slum, pointed towards how liquor and drugs are “breaking homes”, insisting, “Unless strict steps are taken for the implementation of total prohibition and regulation of the sale and manufacture, it will remain a bane for the women of this country.”
Mahavir Bhai, 86-years-old freedom fighter and Gandhian from Haryana, said, the state government has “lost an political will and is in complete control of the liquor mafia, resulting in high rates of heinous crime against women and children.”
Activists from Lok Shakti Abhiyan (Orissa), Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan (Maharashtra), Khudai Khidmatgar (UP), Aavidya Mukti Sansthan (Bihar), Sharabbandi Sanyukt Morcha (Chhattisgarh), National Cyclists' Union, Rashtra Seva Dal, Swaraj Abhiyan, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, Matu Jan Sangathan, Yusuf Mehrally Centre, All-India Muslim Masawarat, and Jamat-e-Islami-e-Hind participated in the march.
Even as asking the Election Commission of India to ensure that liquor is not used as a means to bribe people in the elections to Uttar Pradesh and other states, the march ended with the announcement of a national convention of Nasha Mukt Bharat Andolan on April 12 in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Comments

dhaval jhaveri said…
Pls stop all this rubbish of trying to ban liquor. Prohibition of liquor has failed everywhere in the world!!!...India is no exception!!!...You can not control any individual's eating and drinking habits!!!..Liquor & intoxication has been there in this world right since the ancient times!!!!...By asking for prohibition, you are trying to go against the law of nature!!!...which is very dangerous!!!!...It will hit you back very badly!!!!...Instead try to create awareness amongst people about the ill effects of liquor!!!..educate them about drinking responsibly!!!!...

In fact nowadays several people are dying because of AIDS!!!!...then tomorrow will you even ask the government to ban sex!!!!!!...and further go against the law of nature!!!!...and invade the privacy of an individual!!!!...

TRENDING

Allow international human rights observers, media to access Kashmir: US lawmakers

Counterview Desk
In a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, two members of the American Congress, Pramila Jayapal and James McGovern, raising "significant concerns" about what they call "humanitarian and human rights crisis in Jammu & Kashmir”, quoting "credible reports" from journalists and advocates on the ground" have said that "the Indian government has detained thousands of people with no recourse, imposed de facto curfews on residents' and cut off internet and telephone access in the region.”

Rescind Gates Foundation award to Modi, demand three Nobel Peace laureates

Counterview Desk
In a major boost to those opposing the award to the Gates Foundation’s proposed to be awarded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, three Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Mairead Maguire (1976), Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman (2011) and Shirin Ebadi (2003), have in an open letter called upon Milinda and Bill Gates to withdraw their decision, stating Modi is allegedly involved in human rights violations.

Gujarat's incomplete canals: Narmada dam filled up, yet benefits 'won't reach' farmers

By Our Representative
Even as the Gujarat government is making all out efforts to fill up the Sardar Sarovar dam on Narmada river up to the full reservoir level (FRL), a senior farmer rights leader has said the huge reservoir, as of today, remains a “mirage for the farmers of Gujarat”.
In a statement, Sagar Rabari of the Khedut Ekta Manch (KEM), has said that though the dam’s reservoir is being filled up, the canal network remains complete. Quoting latest government figures, he says, meanwhile, the command area of the dam has been reduced from 18,45,000 hectares (ha) to 17,92,000 ha.
“According to the website of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd, which was last updated on Friday, while the main canal, of 458 km long, has been completed, 144 km of ranch canals out of the proposed length of 2731 km remain incomplete.
Then, as against the targeted 4,569 km distributaries, 4,347 km have been constructed, suggesting work for 222 km is still pending. And of the 15,670 km of minor canal…

Now clampdown on rally, arrest of pro-freedom activists in Pak-occupied Kashmir

Counterview Desk
In a fresh evidence, international human rights organizations are not just confining their attention on the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), whose special status was taken away by the Government of India in early August, leading to an unprecedented clampdown on the region. They have simultaneously begun focusing on the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), where the situation is said to be worsening.
Thus, the International Human Rights Council ((IHRC) Hong Kong (HK), a top human rights organisation, said to be working towards to the promotion peace, equality, fundamental rights and social justice “as enunciated in the UN Human Rights Charter and other instruments of human rights”, has noted now a new wave of independence movement has struck PoK.  With offices in US, UK, Switzerland and Hong Kong, and having Kirity Roy and Lenin Raghuvanshi as IHRC office bearers from India, in a statement, it has claimed that on September 7 one of the biggest pro-Independenc…

Ceramic worker dies: 20,000 workers in Thangadh, Gujarat, 'risk' deadly silicosis

By Our Representative
Even as the country was busy preparing for the Janmashtami festival on Saturday, Hareshbhai, a 46-year-old ceramic worker from suffering from the fatal lung disease silicosis, passed away. He worked in a ceramic unit in Thangadh in Surendranagar district of Gujarat from 2000 to 2016.
Hareshbhai was diagnosed with the disease by the GCS Medical College, Naroda Road, Ahmedabad in 2014. He was found to be suffering from progressive massive fibrosis. He is left behind by his wife Rekha sister and two sons Deepak (18) and Umesh (12),
The death of Hareshbhai, says Jagdish Patel of the health rights group Peoples Training and Research Centre (PTRC), suggests that silicosis, an occupational disease, can be prevented but not cured, and the Factory Act has sufficient provisions to prevent this.
According to Patel, the pottery industry in the industrial town of Thangadh has evolved for a long time and locals as well as migrant workers are employed here. There are abou…

Bullet train impact report Japan agency property: Govt of India tells Gujarat NGO

The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has told Gujarat-based environmental organization, Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti (PSS) that the detailed report of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representatives on their visit to Gujarat and Maharashtra assess the impact of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project on farmers is not its property, but that of JICA.

NHSRCL letter to PSS, signed by activists Rohit Prajapati, Krishnakant and Swati Desai, comes following the latter’s request to it on June 10 for the report. PSS was one of the NGOs that represented JICA on the project, saying, if implemented, it would adversely impact farmers, even as pointing towards the fact that the project itself is unviable and Indian Railways needs to invest, instead, more on upgrading the present railway infrastructure.
Following the NHSRCL reply, PSS has shot a second letter to JICA, insisting that the latter should share a copy of the report, even as providing details of the …

Karma tribal festival an occasional to campaign for tribal rights: IPMSDL

By Our Representative
The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), in a solidarity statement has suggested that the current Karam festival of Central India -- which seeks to promote sisterhood, friendship, cultural unity, and closer link to nature -- should be the occasion to campaign against alleged efforts to violently drive away forest dwelling communities from their forest homes.
"Millions are threatened to lose lands and livelihood under the implementation of Forest Rights Act (FRA) of 2006", the statement States, adding, "As corporate interests continues to enter tribal territories and extract profit from its natural resources, indigenous people are pushed to further marginalization and discrimination."
Asserting that indigenous movement in India "remains steadfast in keeping their culture, deeply linked to their lands alive by carrying out their heritage and struggles", IPMSDL, even as extending "…

Report on "torture" in Kashmir jails: 44% detainees stripped naked, 29% electrocuted

Counterview Desk
A recent report titled “Torture: Indian State’s Instrument of Control in Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir”, published by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), has claimed to build “on the body of human rights documentation on torture” in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) through an examination of 432 case studies. It seeks to focus on "the trends and patterns, targets, perpetrators, contexts and impact of torture" in the state.

Amidst Modi celebrations, thousands protest 'massive' submergence in Narmada Valley

By Our Representative
Thousands of women and men gathered on at the Shaheed Stambh in Badwani, Madhya Pradesh, to raise their voice against what they called "the destruction of the Narmada Valley", protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat BJP rulers for celebrating the Sardar Sarovar dam being filled up to the full reservoir level (FRL) on September 17, which also happens to be Modi's birthday.
Calling it a black day for the people of the Valley, whose villages and farms got submerged because of highest-ever water level having been achieved in the dam, the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), which organised the parallel rally across the border with Gujarat, regretted in a statement that Modi's celebration at the dam took place amidst " martyrdom of the Valley".
The demonstration in Badwani was preceded by a vehicles rally, which took rounds of the city streets. They were joined by people from several villages of Dhar district. They gather…

Narmada valley: SC notice to Gujarat, MP, M'rashtra on submergence sans rehabilitation

By Our Representative
Thr Supreme Court has issued notice to Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra governments following a Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA)-backed petition seeking the explanation as to whether large areas of Narmada Valley have gone into submergence by filling up the Sardar Sarovar dam up to the full reservoir level (FRL) without rehabilitating the project affected families (PAFs).