Post Mortem

Happiness in Bihar

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/15/2019 12:45:55 PM IST

I have read an article “Happiness in Bihar” in the sentinel published simultaneously from Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Shillong and Itanagar dated 19th June 2018 which is reproduced below :-

“The Bihar Government remain gung-ho over Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s crusade against liquor, with two recent studies suggesting that the ban has turned the State into “a land of milk and honey”. There has been a 17.5 increase in the consumption of milk products in 2016-17 compared to previous year, claims the Development Management Institute (DMI), Patna in a study. The figures are far more spectacular for cheese, with sales soaring by 200 percent, and honey sales rocketing to 380 percent increased. So does this mean erstwhile tipplers are shelling out good money to gorge on lassi, cheese, and honey? The DMI study claims the diversion of money from liquor has also jacked up saree sales by 1,715 percent, vehicular sales by 30 percent and entertainment tax collection by 29 percent. Meanwhile, a study by Patna based Asian Development Research Institute has claimed that the liquor ban has helped pull down crime rates, with kidnapping for ransom down by 66.6 percent, murder by 28.3 percent and dacoity by 22.8 percent. Having published both studies in the latest economic survey of the State, the Bihar Government is reportedly mulling a crackdown next on gutkha and khaini sales, mindful how such tobacco products have become major causes of mouth cancer. So despite naysayers warning of bootlegging, smuggling and corruption as the ‘gifts’ of liquor, Nitish Kumar appears undeterred from pursuing ‘happyness’ for his peoples.” 
 I myself after reading thoroughly, the above article my mind was struggling like anything. Look? Bihar is a Hindu dominated State but Hon’ble Chief Minister Nitish Kumar could easily ban liquor and makes the people Happy in Bihar whereas, Nagaland is a Christian dominated State why our Hon’ble Chief Minister Neiphio Rio cannot do something to ban liquor in the State and makes the people happy in Nagaland like in Bihar. 
S. Daikho Retd. Joint Secretary
New Ministers’ Hill, Kohima

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