In an attempt to call out a ban on Liquor in the entire Country, Buddhist monks created a human chain of not just hundreds but of 2 crore people in Bodh Gaya.
Stressing on the need of prohibition on liquor, not in only Bihar but in other states as well, the human chain proposed on January 21.
However, this move may be the ace card of Bihar government as Nitish Kumar consistently raising this matter in every meeting with other leaders urging them to impose prohibition in their states.
Recently, he talked about this matter with the prime minister with reference to Uttar Pradesh. Now, to on the occasion of the 350th birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, the Bihar government is all boost up to organise the world’s longest human chain today to create awareness about the benefits of prohibition.
The state government also took help of space agency ISRO to capture satellite images of the human chain.The chain will walk a distance of 11,000 km with over two crore people joining hands against liquor across the state. The chain was to initially cover 5,000 km but the government revised the length to 11,000 km.
However, the motive of this major attempt is not to create a world record but to aware neighbouring states about the positive effects of prohibition.
But Bihar’s anti-liquor drive and its often harsh prohibition story has not been quite the runaway success it is being projected as.
A rise in violent crime is recorded in the state and the liquor trade driven underground. Among the laws put in place to ensure prohibition are such draconian ones as arresting a whole family if one member is caught drinking.
Further, entire villages can be held culpable if someone who resides there drinks. There are also measures to drive out people from a village if they are found guilty.
These measures simply open up avenues for corruption among the police and also can be used to settle personal vendettas. If the business is driven underground, the state loses revenue which then goes into the hands of mafias. Additionally, this leads to people being sold spurious liquor with often fatal results.
Here the reference of Kerala willl help you to consider the fact. As the state imposed partial prohibition which resulted in forcing people going across borders and buying liquor leaving a huge hole in the pocket of the state government.
It also led to a sharp decline in tourists coming to the state. There is no doubt that alcoholism is often at the root of domestic disharmony.
Unfortunately, prohibition is seen as an easy way to win the women’s vote and this is why politicians often resort to it. But they do not display the same enthusiasm for measures which could promote real empowerment for women like education and job skills. The human chain will certainly make for a good photo-op but beyond that, it is doubtful whether it will do much to spread the benefits of prohibition.