High Spirited Move By the TN State Government
The decision to open up sales of Liquor has come under heavy criticism. The Government on its part may take refuge under the following: 1) The Exchequer needs cash. 2) Some of the citizenry may have been restless and may also look to dump their desperation if not themselves in illicit brews desperation, which comes with attendant risks. 3) Since most citizens are coping gamely with the Lock-down, why have a tiffle with those wanting to tipple.
The High Court not buying into the spirit of the State’s argument
Massive queues were witnessed across the country, and near TASMAC counters too, with the crowds throwing caution to the winds. The Honourable High Court of Madras (THHCoM) may have feared the winds mentioned above being highly accommodating of the Corona virus and has also annulled the decision of the TN Government. THHCoM is not comfortable with the retail vending of alcohol with mindless crowding etc. It is however does not seem to be against the sale per se including Home Delivery.
The balloon has burst just as the party was poised to start.
The TN Government may as well whine about all the wine ready to wet awaiting lips and also fill exchequers. But the long and short of the episode is elements of a civil society, cannot but put, Prevention before Cure, especially if the AlCureAll can lead to the Contagion spreading