Youth of this nation have as much their responsibilities as their privileges in today’s world where they are held as our “future”. It is not a coincidence that youth also talk much about future. I see one of their greatest responsibilities as striving to work ( I mean dedicate some portion of time ) towards changing social evils. How will it be if only they waged a war against consumption of alcohol ?
It was Mahatma ( great soul ) Gandhi who wrote : ” In no part of the world is prohibition so easy to carry out as in India, for with us it is only a minority that drinks. Drinking is generally considered disrespectable. And there are millions who never know what drink is. ” This was in 1937. Today is very, very different.
Prohibition in India was lifted soon after independence. More money generated. Government became richer because liquor shops were primarily government authorized. People took to drinking in droves. There was even a call from a section of the public that those who drink should be given proper facilities ! This was not Gandhi’s vision.
Gandhi envisioned equal treatment to all. He preferred a state of pauperism than a state of drunkards in thousands. Drinks for him was disease. Do we provide special facilities for thieves ? No. Drinking is worse than thieving, he said.
What in a small way youth of this day can do is to raise the awakening amongst the people to the ill effects of alcohol consumption. Many may have friends addicted to the habit of drinking. It is this corner of their universe that they should first try to change.
Words of the youth carry tons in weight today. How will it be if they can persuade arrack traders not to earn their living by selling drinks in just one locality and make that a model to be emulated ? How will it be if there is total prohibition but some contribution by each earning individual ( yes, a true sacrifice for a higher cause ) that can compensate for a large part of the loss of revenue due to implementation of prohibition ? Many a little makes a mickle.
Common, simple, and fundamental idea but practical, effective and non controversial.
This is what Mahatma Gandhi stood for and hoped our citizens would pursue.
” Dieu avec nous “
Wednesday, January 30, 2021 – 11.59 a.m. (IST)
Tidbit :. ” A mixture of alcoholism, atheism, and materialism have been the cause of the decline and decay of nineteen out of twenty-one civilizations ” – Arnold Toynbee.