Notes from Madras V

Charu Nivedita on prohibition, believing in fate and bad karma

By Charu Nivedita

Nochikuppam, a district nea rthe author’s current home, in Chennai. Photo: Prabhu Kalidas Nochikuppam, a district nea rthe author’s current home, in Chennai. Photo: Prabhu Kalidas Nochikuppam. Photo: Prabhu Kalidas

Do you believe in karma? Most Indians swear by it. Any slight scepticism of that theory could induce mass suicide and madness in the context of the actual quality of life here. For instance, last year, the chief minister of Bihar enforced the prohibition of alcohol in the state. The funny part of the act was that all adults of the family were held responsible for the consumption and possession of liquor at home, even if only one member of…

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