Political Economy of Religion and Liquor: A few points to ponder

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa is witnessing sporadic agitations against liquor trade, notably by women in rural sector. In Soro of Balasore, most recently, a liquor trader has even injured three women in counter attack on them as his allegedly illegal bar was ransacked by them.

When followers of Gandhiji in the State, who have been campaigning for prohibition, are not opposing the use of violence by certain social activists, particularly women, in attacking hooch dealers, the State Government is issuing licenses in increasing numbers to liquor traders even when their shops are in close proximity to Schools.

Now a new group of social activists who are not noticed in Gandhian camps have also taken up prohibition as their mission.

Against this backdrop, the article in Oriya language posted below offers some points to ponder.

Click on it friends for a perusal and necessary application of mind.
Mada birodhi Andolan-Eka Tattvika Bislashana O Eka Prastaba

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  1. There is no strict prohibition of anything in Vedic literature, conduct depends on situation. Summary is given in Manusmṛti-
    न मांस-भक्षणे दोषः न मद्ये न च मैथुने। प्रवृत्तिरेषा भूतानां निवृत्तिस्तु महाफला॥ (मनु स्मृति ५/५६)
    = Meat, alcohol, sex etc are natural traits of men and there is no sin in them. However, their avoidance or control elevates a person.
    No religion or scripture can force population to go against natural desires. Whatever may be written in scripture or laws, people interpret it for their own benefit.
    As there is strict injunction against meat eating in Bible & Koran, excuses are created to take meat-like Halal = non-violent meat.
    Bible-Genesis 1/29-God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
    After the introduction in the first chapter-Al Fatiha of 7 sentences, second and the largest chapter of Quran is Al Baqarah = The Cow. Its worship is called Baqarid. Id = worship. The quotes are-
    2/23-Who made the earth a bed for you, and the heaven a roof, and caused water to come down from the clouds and therewith brought forth fruits for your sustenance.
    2/62-O Moses, surely we will not remain content with one kind of food; pray, then, to thy Lord for us that He may bring forth for us of what the earth grows-of its herbs and its cucumbers and its wheat and its lentils and its onions’ He said, “Would you take in exchange that which is worse for that which is better?

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