To bacco or not to bacco?
When I travel in State owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses, it becomes hell like experience with nauseating affects. It’s not the stench of labourers which causes me trouble but it is the foul smell of tobacco chewing poor fellows which become just intolerable and it becomes very disgusting when they exhale in front of your mouth in a crowded bus.
We have seen a recent order of Supreme Court of India in which Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai has fought a legal battle which culminated the prohibition of the sale of gutkha and paan masala. Our judges, politicians and bureaucrats are cleverest creed of foxes ever present in world. They have curbed the sale and not the manufacturing of these health-deteriorating tobacco products. It means directly or indirectly our Judiciary and government will promote black-marketing of these tobacco products.
But our Supreme Court of India is full of black & white morons who dictate ban on cigarette smoking and selling of tobacco products within one hundred yard of an educational institute or hospital but it has its own gallery of chain smokers in front of Judge’s library!
Tax collected from liquor and tobacco products are the chief sources of revenue to State governments in India but the money spent on liver cirrhosis, lung cancer, throat cancer, oesophagus cancer and buccal cavity cancer is much more to public and government owned hospitals.
There is one old Indian saying that police says to thief do your work and ‘sleep well’ to public.
© Sushil Kumar
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