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

LiquorSubscribe to Liquor

Farce, Fallacies, and Failures

This article seeks to analyse how Bihar’s prohibition policy is oscillating between hypocrisy and moralism and how the act of ban is turning out to be a big failure, legally and socially, because of illicit liquor selling and rising consumption. Farces in the name of prohibition are choking the legal structure and jail system because of a huge number of cases related to violations of liquor laws.

Death by Excise Policing

A recent amendment to the Madhya Pradesh Excise Act introduces death penalty for spurious liquor offences. Given the casteist nature of policing, this amendment renders the Vimukta communities, already over-represented in the criminal justice system, more vulnerable to police abuse.

Morbidities of Alcohol

The article by Dakshita Das (“Gender Issues for the Fourteenth Finance Commission”, EPW, 21 December 2013) draws attention to some of the devastating social consequences of the use of the tax on liquor as a means to generate large revenues for the State. Thus, in Tamil Nadu, the widespread...
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