The Mangalore battery of the young women and the subsequent arrest of Shri. Mutalik has prompted the Chief Minister Shri. Yediurappa to denounce the PUB CULTURE and has stated that he is going to do away with PUBS in Karnataka.
What is interesting is the TIMING. Had the CM made this statement before the incident, i could have given credence to his belief in such a policy on health/moral grounds.
Is this announcement to APPEASE THE SECTION OF THE PEOPLE who have made this an issue or is it genuinely a LAW & ORDER concern? I am inclined to believe that the first one is the REASON and the second is the ACCEPTABLE PRETEXT!
HYPOCRISY is unavoidable in a large DEMOCRACY like India. As the spectrum of people who belong to the band between the RICH and the POOR is huge. IMPOSING MORALITY is the best way in a democracy to add respectability to oneself and controlling the public. In Gujarat LIQUOR HAS BEEN BANNED EXCEPT FOR FOREIGNERS AND MEDICINAL PURPOSES. But if one wants a bottle of any brand/variety of liquor, it is just round the corner. We as a nation like to pontificate, even without asking a question if it INFRINGES ON SOMEONE ELSE’ RIGHTS or ARE WE TO MEDDLE WITH SOMEONE ELSE’ MORALITY WHEN IT DOES NOT AFFECT US! We love to make laws, rules and ordinances that do not factor in the individual’s liberty!
WHY DO WE PRESCRIBE SUCH MORALITY?
WHY DO WE MAKE LAWS THAT INFRINGE ON OTHERS’ LIBERTY?
According to me we are a young nation, just out of the clutches of the Imperialism of the British. Yet our Laws have two prime objectives, viz.
1. Hierarchify the population, so that they are brought under the pyramid of the power structure, so that they could be muzzled and controlled.
2. Restrict their liberty so that the productivity might increase, thereby increase the state revenues.
These laws ,which form the cornerstone of our nation, are basically with the above mentioned objectives. For the sake of continuity these objectives have not been scrapped completely, instead they have become the tools in the hands of the DELEGATES of the people to use them as instruments for enrichment and baits for obtaining votes that would perpetuate them in the exalted place where they find themselves.
For example let us look into article 47 of the Constitution of India.
Article 47 of the Constitution of India directs the state as follows:-
The State shall regard the raising of the level of nutrition and the standard of living of its people and the improvement of public health as among its primary duties and, in particular, the State shall endeavour to bring about prohibition of the consumption except for medicinal purpose of intoxicating drinks and of drugs which are injurious to health.
The first part obligates the state to RAISE THE LEVEL OF NUTRITION, STANDARD OF LIVING, IMPROVEMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH. The first part is a positive COMMAND. But the state has always defaulted on this count. For example, the total expenditure on Public Health is @ 1% of the GDP, whereas the global norm is 5%.
The standard of living , if at all it has increased, it is because of the toil and sweat of the citizens and not because of the effort of the state. In any case the state’s enthusiasm has been towards the IMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION, than RAISING THE STANDARD OF LIVING. Almost all the states in India have cited this ARTICLE 47 for imposition of Prohibition.
Prohibition has brought corruption and nepotism to the fore.
This PROHIBITION has EMPOWERED the Legislators, Bureaucrats and the Officials.
From the above it is clear that the empowering sections are prolifically put to use for oblique reasons, and the POSITIVE COMMANDS that require them to DO SOMETHING get diluted in its implementation, and thus fall flat.
So in INDIA, we are still supporting HIERARCHIFICATION and MINDLESS LABOUR EXTRACTION, which make us still SLAVES.
Our LIBERTIES are gnawed away progressively and we become ZOMBIES scrounging for a living WITHOUT THE CAREFREE-NESS THAT THE OTHER DEVELOPED NATIONS’ CITIZENS EXUDE!
GOD SAVE INDIA FROM OURSELVES!