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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Big Brother is watching bargirls

Kumar Ketkar writes in the Indian Express:
Time and again it has been proved that the state cannot be the arbiter of private lives. It cannot define what is evil and what is good, what is moral and what is immoral, what is politically correct and what is not. Hitler tried to do this. His project ended in a suicide pact in a bunker. American conservatives had decreed prohibition in the ’30s and all it resulted in was the rise of the mafia. Pakistan banned liquor and bootleggers on both sides of the border are happily exploiting this. But we don’t need to look beyond the borders. In Gandhiji’s Gujarat, run by Super Hindu Narendra Modi, the per capita consumption of liquor is one of the highest in the country.

All this, of course, in the context of banning dance bars in Maharashtra. Read the full thing, while the government still allows you to. Hey, who's that at your shoulder?
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