Gujarat's Biggest Lie - Chapter: 9
by RAJIV P PATEL
Majority of the poor and the middle class live in villages. In Gujarat anyone would be shocked to see the easy access to ‘Hooch’. Country liquor (artificially chemically laced) is also available but sale of ‘Hooch’ rules.
Culturally a natural intoxicant called ‘Mahuva’ taken out of plants was enjoyed in most of the villages. Today cultivation of Mahuva trees has been discouraged. There are controls over the same and hence the villagers have switched to a dirty chemical infested brew.
The villagers usually are farm laborers and work hard to make a living. They have a simple no nonsense life.
Many a villager dreams of going to the United States or London. Some have their relatives there. Many are ready to pay a princely amount to do the same. Why? Visiting a village will make things more clear then writing about it.
The Ban if really was in place, there would not have been such an easy and smooth access to buy ‘Hooch’ or country liquor.
The facts are as stated above and the previous chapter and suggestions are also the same.
It is easy to conclude that the discouraging of the cultivation of Mahuva trees has been a big mistake. The villagers who consume ate consuming nothing less than a slow poison. The ban is not helping the villages.
There is no room for rehabilitation in the wake of a ban on alcohol.