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Anbumani's Folly

Dr.Anbumani Ramadoss, India's Health Minister, has finally persuaded the Government to issue a G.O. - The Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places Rules, 2008.

While the Government Order is ambiguous about what constitutes a public place/open space, what the order has done is to give the police a new stick to beat ordinary citizens with.

Chandan Mitra of The Pioneer asks a very pertinent question:

"Shouldn't the Government be expending its energies to apprehend terrorists rather than diverting scarce police resources to catch cigarette smokers instead?"

Go figure.


Anonymous said…
Very touched by Mr Khasim's story.Makes you wonder doesn't it, about religion etc.You can be a muslim/hindu /christian but deep down you are still human.
Kumar Narasimha said…
Yes..from Khasim's side, it is poverty.From my side, I started out by suspecting him, but his story brought out the humanity in me and made me feel humble.

Thanks for stopping by..Btw, you posted the comment on the wrong post :-)