ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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On Drinking and Drunkenness-History of Liquor in Colonial India

History of Liquor in Colonial India Indra Munshi Saldanha The extent of impingement of the colonial state upon what may he called the private, collective domain is well illustrated by the policy of the British government on indigenous liquor making and drinking. This article dwells upon two important legislations, the Bombay Abkari Act, 1878 and the Mhowra Act of 1892, and their effect on the customary practices of the adivasis in the Thana district of Bombay Presidency. It also discusses overt and covert resistance of the communities and the classes which were involved both for and against the policy.

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