By Nitin Chandola
Understanding the concept of Nasha Mukt Uttarakhand and increasing of a number of theka is an incomprehensible step taken by the BJP’s state government. Alcoholism was one of the primal points at which the demands to create a state-based purely on sustainable development goals was made in the early 70s. CM Trivendra Singh Rawat’s government instead of holding and regulating the alcoholism in state, lead to increasing of distributors of alcohol. In 2017, when Supreme Court judged to end the availability of alcohol on national highways, Uttarakhand was among those states that choose to bring the thekas in state highways. The process was chaotic. In Dehradun itself, the local bodies protested against the step taken by the government, the protest was against the influence of liquor consumption on the kids and the youth if the thekas are present in every street of the area. An example of worst effects of the alcoholism and current sharaab niti of Uttarakhand can be observed in labour’s playgrounds. The theka established by current government bodies has made the whole playground a liquor point. Priory, this playground was full of soccer and cricket playing teenagers; now, this scene has inverted and, the ground usually is jam-packed by cars of liquor buyers and drunkards. This has not only reduced the density of local commuters and youngsters to this area but also has led to the high rate of accidents. Offices like Kisan Bhawan, Department of Information and Broadcasting and State Election Commission established in this road are in influence of the low morale theka. This malpractice in the region of Ladpur has not only lead to the increase in corrupt practice in these departments but also has influenced the youth to adopt the alcoholism.
In the year 2017, when citizens of Uttarakhand, women in particular, elected the BJP government, no one would have thought that TSR work will be priory interested in enhancing the density of thekas in the region. On being asked about the amended sharaab niti, CM’s reply was baffling. In his opinion, the black selling of liquor is more dangerous to the region, hence there is the creation of window to make sure that no black marketing of liquor is done. Why not? It leads to the decrement of the state treasures. In government’s opinion, black marketing of liquor is more dangerous than unregularized consumption by civil society.
In the overview to this theory of our state, the new Sharab Neeti is provided with a provision of including slogans like Beti Bachao,Beti Padhao, which seems ironic in the present scenario. The execution of heinous crimes against women is recorded when the criminal was under the influence of alcohol consumption. There are hundreds of examples where there can be found that alcohol consumption not only leads to physical harassment of Household women but also is the ultimate cause of the pessimism and immorality in the region. The state of Uttarakhand was demanded by the women, in particular, to eradicate alcoholism from the deep roots of Himalayan terrains.
The martyrs of Uttarakhand Andolan would have been disappointed to see the youth getting highly misguided by the propaganda of Governments that were part of Uttarakhand. The willpower of national based parties is only to monetize their own treasures whereas a path of youth is discouraged and becoming the slave of the alcohol. Uttarakhand was dreamt by the ancestors as the Eco-tourism oriented and driven by values, but the way current and past several governments has made the sharab neeti lucrative is creating a nuisance in spiritual aura of the region.
The tourist having easy accessibility over alcohol in the region near to Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Dehradun is not only polluting the aura but also there is an increased number of criminal cases. A need has risen to make sure that next theka should not start in your neighbourhood. Though, the social life Dehradun is becoming dumber with each day. There is a need of a revolution in pahadi community to restrict the sale of alcohol in the sanctum aura of Uttarakhand. Though many writers wrote on this topic, and we all knew that this single column will make no change in the scenario but, it is the time to make sure that our moralities remain humble in the time to come otherwise, the days are not far when a part of society will curse their existence