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48 people in ahmedabd dead by consuming spurious liquor. What are the solutions?

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Its called popularly as potli in gujarat, may be only in urban areas because its supplied in a polythene bag, it might contain around 500 ml of country liquor. Some are just plain and others come in flavour of variyali, mahuda and others.. its created in the same method as feny which is quiet popular in Goa, only the ingredients differ.
The problem comes when they mix certain industrial chemicals to speed up the process of fermentation and to increase the kick derived. Also if there is a defect in the brewing process it proves to be fatal.
Several times in gujarat this kind of death occurs and the commision setup for inquiry after such incidents have always recommended the lifting of prohibition. Will it solve the problem?well it can if its done in the right manner. Deaths by this country liquor is not a gujarat only phenomena it happens in other states too. But to some extent it could help, a few lives saved is a good thing.. The main thing here that plays role is the cost, IMFL liquor is abundantly available in gujarat at much lower rates than other states because these liquors are sourced from the states with lowest taxes, we used to have rajasthan liquor but after the rates in rajasthan increased it now comes from Chandigarh. On the other hand the potli cost around 10rs and for 20rs you are full tight. The garibs certainly cant afford to buy a 270 – 300rs full IMFL bottle, even if they can use that for 3 days they wont be interested to pay that lump some amount. Toddy is available only in villages, even that is costly. The states that have high taxation in liquor have most problems with illegal liquor. Kerla is a state which would go defunct in a day if not for the liquor taxes, it has the highest number of per capita drinkers.
Firstly the prohibition has to be removed, and the desi liquor should legalised and licenses and proper training should be given to these brewers. Even if these breweries are taxed at 100% still the end consumer can get their fix at current rates, because these brewers still pay a huge amount of hafta to policemen. And some of the breweries are even owned by police. The liquor trade in gujarat benefits mainly 4 people the bootlegger (do u know how the term bootlegger came, when there was prohibition in the US these people used to carry bottles in the gum boots, from there this word came) the politician, the police and the army people. yes the army people benefit a lot out of prohibition, a lot of bribe people are willing to pay to get transferred to gujarat, the whole quota of these army people goes out for sale. We earlier used to drink only army liquor, but now their rates has increased too much, but its good for occasional drinkers looking for quality material..
the only problem that we face because of prohibition is that beer is too costly, other than that no problem. Even people who would have drunk only beer now have to drink hard liquor, which is certainly bad for people’s health..
P.S. i m basically against any kind of prohibition, prohibition only benefits people with vested interest, The market is such a thing which can provide anything if someone is there willing to pay for it… especially if you are in india. I love India. Thats why i dont even have a passport, jeena yahan marna yahan
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Written by maya

July 9, 2009 at 11:29 am

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  1. I came here before rgt??ur header is awesome..i loved it :)..and ur blog..u r very mature :|..good one in anyways..and i smiled …when i read …"Thats why i dont even have a passport, jeena yahan marna yahan…"


    July 9, 2009 at 12:49 pm

  2. @ thanks, yes you have been here b4.

    Uncommon Sense

    July 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm

  3. oh damn it.. i worte a long long comment and now its gone..to say all that again in short – I totally agree with u


    July 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

  4. yessssssssss xactly,,d only problem that we face because of prohibition is that beer is too costly, other than that no problem….lekin kya kare gandhi giri jo chal rahi hai gujarat me abhi.. life ko enjoy nahi karna chahiye, ye nahi pina chahiye, sadayi se jina chahiye, etc etc…. huh!

    CrAzYy..! ;)

    July 9, 2009 at 1:21 pm

  5. With regards to comment at my space, I am lucky to have a 'roving' eye … kuchh zyada hi dikhta hain mujhe … hehehe. And more so, if the subject is woman!As for this post, sensible one. You're rightly looking to reduce taxes for brewer, and the corruption involved. Potli (or chullu or whatever) needs to be made extinct and liquor barons like Mallya (and others) should make some form of liquor accessible to common ppl.Selling poison doesn't make sense. Selling sensibly to improve demands does. And that calls for lower prices and a control-free environment.


    July 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm

  6. rightly said .. i 2 bliv that prohibitions like these are stupid and unnecessary …but we indians believe that our living rooms should be clean and lighted up irrespective of the filth , dirt and darkness of our bedrooms !!


    July 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

  7. Prohibition started in Andhra pradesh by NT rama rao the past CM very long back. But his son-in-law and his relatives have lot of liquor shops and they could not continue the prohibition because they were losing business. Soon the prohibition is lifted and people are again wild in drinking. Liquor is helping to reduce the population of the country, so, it should be available in rural areas especially. These poor guys will hit his wife and take those earnings of her and family to drink a bottle of liquor. Such people should be given those cheap liquors and if they die then his family will atleast prosper… Nice write up and loved it..

    Its my life

    July 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm

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    Its my life

    July 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm

  9. @ chhaya i always copy what ever i have typed, b4 clicking on the post button, because it happens with me all the time.@chirag. gandhi talked about self prohibition, and not by law.. @idle mind, i had guessed about your weakness for women in ur earlier post itself.. ys thts rite if government has a will it can certainly provide low cost, gd quality liquor to the poor.@vicious very true@its my life. people will drink even if there is prohibition or not, so it doesnt makes sense to impose prohibition and make people drink spurious liquor.. i have visited your blog many a times but i guess the content has not been updated…

    Uncommon Sense

    July 11, 2009 at 10:37 am

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