1. Ex-Governor Bhishma Narain Singh asks Narendra Modi to ban alcohol, tobacco on International Yoga Day

Ex-Governor Bhishma Narain Singh asks Narendra Modi to ban alcohol, tobacco on International Yoga Day

Former Governor of Assam and Tamil Nadu, Bhishma Narain Singh, today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a ban on alcohol and tobbaco in the country on the occasion of International Yoga day.

By: | Published: June 21, 2016 12:44 PM
Narendra Modi Bhishma Narain Singh, today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a ban on alcohol and tobbaco in the country on the occasion of International Yoga day. (Reuters)

Former Governor of Assam and Tamil Nadu, Bhishma Narain Singh, today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a ban on alcohol and tobbaco in the country on the occasion of International Yoga day.

“Yoga is an age-old Indian remedy for physical and mental health. However, it has its effect only when practiced with abstinence from alcohol and tobacco,” he said in a statement.

“I call upon the Prime Minister to forget his political rivalry for once and endorse Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s call for banning alcohol and tobacco throughout the country on this day,” he added.

Singh also claimed that “the revenue lost will be more than compensated by the joy it will bring to crores of family reeling under both economic and social hardships on account of these two biggest scourge for Indian society”.

During his tenure, Singh had also banned alcohol from the parties hosted by the Governor.

“During my tenure as Governor in North East, so called regions where drinking is socially acceptable, I was surprised when I received congratulations and accolades from all corners for banning alcohol from parties hosted by Governor,” he said.

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    Ram Narain
    Jun 21, 2016 at 10:56 am
    Good habits are imbibed by proper education and not by legal compulsion. If yoga can be adopted internationally voluntarily, why ask for banning smoking or drinking on a legal basis. What is needed is the promotion of education on scientific basis which can be best served by international research by reputed medical and psychology insutes. One thing more. Indians should promote yoga in the spirit of undying love for mankind which was referred to by Swami Vivekananda in his letter to Mr E.T. Sy from New york in Nov. 1899, and not as proprietor of a patented commodity. Ancient Indian sages have been internationally honoured for their untiring efforts and undying faith in the spiritual science of Yoga and they offered it to the meritorious all and not to any creed. Yoga belongs to all those who practice it and not to those who try to possess and boast. Values are taught by practice and not by coercion. Since the monumental work of Clark Warburton ' Economic Results of Prohibition' so many studies have established that in the long run prohibition is counterproductive. In the short run also, the policy of prohibition has not been effective, and rather has resulted in additional vices.
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