Winston Churchill once said: “If you have 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law”.

In Today’s scenario we modify the same as: “If you have 1 funny/mindless regulation you destroy all respect for the law.”

The NH will be much safer for your drive with the recent law of the Govt to ban the liquor establishments within 500mtrs of the highways-220 meters for towns with a population of 20,000 or less.

It thus aims to curb the drunken driving that kills thousands of people each year. The aim seems fair but how it shall be driven to ensure implementation reducing the accidents is a question mark.

We all know people find out means to get away with it whenever a law is implemented based on specific facts and figures.  Prohibition till 500 meters can lead to selling of the liquor at a distance of further 600,650 or 700 meters in the interior of a village. The so called smart villages in India still lack the basic livelihood opportunities pushing the lives to dwell on liquor and forgetting  their worries. The government is thus enabling and ensuring the sale of this magnificent liquid closer home making it even more accessible to all the lives that do not have means to earn daily bread.

How shall the Govt control the nuisance this sale shall generate on the deserted village streets with the misbehavior with woman and robbery without any police protection?  These closures will result into job loss and shall translate into enormous losses to businesses that thrive on tourism revenues.

PM Modi talks of Growth but the growth should be sustainable in long term. Why an idea to promote more jobs is not advocated. Why you cannot deploy more Highway Policing thus guarantying jobs to curb drunken driving menace and rather employing some funny mindless law.

The Gujarat Govt has recently amended the States Animal Preservation Bill to entail a maximum punishment of life imprisonment on cow slaughter and a minimum of 10 years of jail term. This bill was successfully passed in the assembly with the absence of the opposition with the visitors’ gallery packed with saffron clad Hindu priests. All Gau Matas are safe here in Gujarat.

This bill however does not frighten me. I can drive recklessly and hit a cow for the bill offers no measures under such offences made by the drivers.


Along with the law the conditions by which the cows are reared in the cowsheds should be improvised. The cows stand in utter heat of 50 plus degree, in the rainy season the knees of the cows are splattered with cow dung and the rainy mud. Year on year numerous cattle dies due to Hand , Foot and mouth disease, Skin Ulcers and anthrax disease.

With no improvement in the condition we pass a bill to stop cow slaughter.

Aren’t they getting slaughtered each day in the pathetic cowsheds of Pinjrapoles ?

The aim of the bill is to protect the Cows.

I have my own doubts.