How much Bihar has been Dry?

Even after almost three years of liquor ban what policy-shortcomings are there which have led to the failure in reaching to the pinnacle of a dry state!


On the eve of the birthday of eminent entrepreneur, Verghese Kurien on 26th November a CM in 2015 who have been already decorated as one of the important figure in an already troubled state dared to ban something which have been almost a part and parcel of its inhabitants. If Verghese Kurien was responsible for the Operation Flood, Mr. Nitish Kumar tried to have an operation of his dear homeland; Bihar by announcing a complete liquor ban from the 1st April 2015. He was almost clear in his thought-process when he have initiated this highly-controversial step which was going to be in the long-term benefits of its citizens.

He was very firm in approach as he was crystal clear about:

The ill-effects of liquor

The firm foothold of poverty in Bihar

The rising graph of crime just because of liquor

The importance in spreading communal harmony after ban


Undoubtedly he remained firm on his decision as he declared total ban on all type of liquors from 5th April 2016 which included:

Liquor of all national and international brands

Desi Liquor

Liquor in pouches

Taadi (A form of liquor extracted from date and palms tress)


Even though it should be a welcome move from the general public which got a half-hearted lukewarm response from the women as he have to face obstacles from each and every corner of the society which comprised of:

Protests from general public

PIL in against of liquor ban

Condemned words from opposition (Ex-CM Jeetan Ram Manjhi called it a April’s Fool Joke)

HC Patna termed section 76(2) of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act as unconstitutional

Even this ban should have been more than welcoming which should have been embraced by the general public with open hands but it didn’t got such a warm response. Still the various media houses claims that the crime has inadvertently rose after the ban which was quite contrary to the general waves in the common masses. Not only the standard of living improved but also the various road accidents and eve-teasing got a gradual halt after the ban. Even after such a welcoming attempt and a period of almost three years the daring feat of Nitish Kumar do not seem to achieve its’ objective.

Then a million-dollar question arises what are the policy faults which has not led it to be successful? Even after such a high degree of monetary fine and arrests where those policies went wrong that still we are in the midway of a labyrinth? More than 40,000 people were arrested in the initial phase but do these policies also have something in the bank for these shrinks who claim that more than 9,00,000 litres of alcohol have been consumed by rats. What an irony? The persons who have been handled the responsibility have dipped themselves in the ocean of alcohol? Even the policemen were found on a different horizon when there was a surprise investigation by the decorated officer Manu Maharaj.

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What could be the measures and policies which would pave the dream of a dry state? Instead of giving immense power to these policemen don’t the government feel an urge to:

Have a check and balance on policemen

Weave a net for the big sharks

Raise an awareness among the youths

Put an instant halt to the blackmarkets

Surprise raids not only in big hotels but also line hotels and parties

Organising campaigns for educating about the ill-effects of liquor

Rewarding the youths and old alike who have got themselves rid of liquor

Then only we can dream of a prosperous and a dry state in true sense!

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Nitish Raj is an MBA dropout from a renowned management institute of India. Reading novels is his passion and so is writing opinion-editorials and non-fiction articles on social issues related to women empowerment, gender equality, caste system, social transformation. His favourite books are The White Tiger, Eleven Minutes, The Da Vinci Code, Animal Farm amongst many others. Some of his favourite authors are Paulo Coelho, Dan Brown, Munshi Premchand, Franz Kafka, Charles Dickens, etc. Though not a movie freak by fashion, he loves analysing and interpreting Bollywood movie themes and connecting them with real life issues. Notes On A Scandal, Paycheck, Arth, Dil Se, etc. are some of his favourite movies. He has won about 12 awards for academic excellence, other quiz and scholarship competitions and winner of Corporate Quiz Contest, Inter- College Competition, State-Level Quiz Contest and star achiever in organization during the project completion among many others. He is also working on a couple of fiction books on women empowerment and other women issues.