Gandhian Sri. Sasi Perumal, a Siddha doctor from Salem has been on fast demanding implementation of prohibition in Tamil Nadu It is sad that the government is ignoring him and it is only arresting him.
There is no issue more serious in Tamil Nadu than the rapidly spreading liquor habit amongst the people in all age groups, whether poor or rich , educated or uneducated, young or old persons. It is alarming to note that students in the age group of 12 to 13 sometimes go to the school in drunken state and even some teachers are reported to be going to the school after consuming liquor.
What causes even greater concern is that some women too are getting addicted to the drinking habit. Women and children are being beaten up by drunken men and such families are facing extreme economic hardships , as their income is fritted away in the tasmac shops. As the drunken men are roaming everywhere and it is no more uncommon to see the half naked men lying unconscious on the roads and bus stops, children and women are now afraid to go alone in the evening hours. The social fabric of Tamil Nadu is now getting seriously distorted and weakened.
Certainly, demand of Sri. Sasi Perumal deserves all round support and the citizens of Tamil Nadu should be grateful to him. His life is precious and he should live long , remaining as role model for others.
I appeal to Sri. Sasi Perumal to give up his fast , as all of us want him to live long and lead us in the march to achieve the Gandhian objective of total prohibition in Tamil Nadu.
I also suggest that we should immediately start a massive signature campaign demanding prohibition in Tamil Nadu and ensure that atleast 50 lakh people in Tamil Nadu would participate in the signature campaign. In today's conditions, this is the most appropriate and dignified method of fighting for the cause of prohibition. This signature campaign will enable us to carry forward this message of demanding prohibition all over the state.
I am absolutely sure that thousands of people who feel equally concerned about this liquor menace would be happy about this opportunity that would be given to them in fighting for the cause of prohibition. Tamil Nadu government cannot ignore this massive signature campaign demanding prohibition in the state.
Nandini Voice For The Deprived