INDIA: Repeal Appealed

Moslems never drink, because the Prophet told them not to. Hindus seldom do, because they consider it impolite to women and old men. One of the foremost aims of the Indian National Congress has been to introduce prohibition throughout India—as a demonstration that Indians can rule themselves as well as control themselves. British officials have opposed prohibition because liquor excise taxes have recently contributed 25% of provincial revenues. Besides, they say, why prohibit something which is already taboo? But last August the Congress Cabinet of the Bombay Presidency (pop. 26,400) prevailed, and put prohibition into effect.

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