References Under the Act a permit is mandatory to purchase, possess, consume or serve liquor. The Act empowers the police to arrest a person for purchasing, consuming or serving alcohol without the permit with punishment ranging from three months to five years in prison. Transporting liquor without a permit is punishable with a fine of 50, rupees and 5 years in prison. The Licence Raj or Permit Raj is the elaborate system of licences, regulations and accompanying red tape that were required to set up and run businesses in India between and Related Research Articles Prohibition is the act or practice of forbidding something by law; more particularly the term refers to the banning of the manufacture, storage, transportation, sale, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. The word is also used to refer to a period of time during which such bans are enforced.

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If one wants to be a law-abiding tippler, one must head over to the Excise Station, where, under the watchful portraits of Hanuman, Shivaji, Ambedkar and — most relevant to this exercise — Gandhi, sub-inspector Shahji Shinde will make you one. Gandhigiri Prohibition begins, as does so much else in modern India, with Gandhi.

The Mahatma had some rather harsh views on alcohol consumption. I would rather have India without education if that is the price to be paid for making it dry. Drink is a bad, filthy, unclean, degrading habit. A man who drinks intoxicating liquor forgets the distinction between wife, mother and sister. I would beseech you to give up all evil habits, and you will at once find that you are accepted as honourable members of society without any stain on you.

Picketing liquor shops, for example, was a major activity under the Non-Cooperation Movement. Prohibition introduced In , therefore, a Congress government in Bombay Province consisting of modern-day Maharashtra and Gujarat did its Gandhian duty by introducing prohibition. Taking back control, the British immediately rolled back prohibition rules. So strict were rules at the time that cough syrup and eau de cologne were banned since they contained alcohol.

Soon after this act was passed, the Constitution came into force, enshrining prohibition as a Directive Principle of State Policy. Along with this, the entire country saw a support wave for prohibition develop.

In , Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru appointed the Prohibition Enquiry Committee that was to design a plan to extend prohibition all over the country by Mumbai bootlegging Back in Mumbai, things were stirring underground.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a city in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a drink — and no law was going to change that. Mumbai therefore took to more illicit forms of liquor. Bootlegging thrived and organised crime took over alcohol distribution. Since alcohol production was legal in large parts of the country, this law made very little difference to consumption other than forcing people to drink somewhat surreptitiously behind closed doors.

Run mostly by Goans, it consisted of informal bar, many a times in the outer room of a house, which sold locally brewed hooch. Ironically, Mumbai today has a few speakeasy-style bars, drawing on the memory of American prohibition in the s, but seems to have forgotten its own aunties.

In , Bombay Province was partitioned into modern-day Maharashtra and Gujarat. In Maharashtra, however, the s saw a softening of attitudes towards alcohol. While the Bombay Prohibition Act of was retained and is still on the books today , a number of rules were tweaked to make prohibition less strict.

Some of this change was driven by Gujarat going away, where social attitudes towards alcohol were harsher than in Maharashtra. Prohibition abolished In , prohibition was abolished by introducing a permit system which allowed each person to consume a fixed amount of alcohol.

Who could disagree? The district still observes a complete ban on the sale, purchase, production and consumption of liquor — at least on paper.

Of course, the Bombay Prohibition Act still exists and if the state so wants, it can crack the whip. One such instance came up in , as the Assistant Commissioner of Police Vasant Dhoble started to actually implement the the letter of the law, causing complete chaos since everyone had forgotten about them for four decades now.

Some of these provisions are patently absurd: for example, there is a legal requirement for a restaurant to have a segregated area to serve liquor. Of course, very few restaurants have a segregated permit room and even fewer customers have permits. This requirement — a permit for making and selling liquor chocolates — is laid out in Rule 6 of the Special Permits And License Rules of , which Chandriani unsurprisingly skipped before setting out to cook.

Exceptions like aside, Maharashtra has let sleeping dogs lie and kept the uglier provisions of its alcohol laws dormant. Part of this reason lies in the economics of it: taxing alcohol earns a lot of money for Maharashtra. The economic clout of the alcohol industry was also why no Central government implemented a national prohibition law despite many platitudes to the concept right till the s.

Anna Hazare, star of the anti-corruption movement of , had prohibition as a key part of his agenda in his model village of Ralegan Siddhi. And Kerala implemented prohibition in , making sure to launch the policy on the th birth anniversary of the Mahatma. We welcome your comments at letters scroll.


Forgotten fact: Most Mumbaiites are breaking the law when they grab a drink

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