The only state in India where you might not find liquor is Gujarat. But what if it were to be banned elsewhere? And what if that place would be none other than the capital of India? Well! The former chief minister of the only dry state now resides in New Delhi and he might find a reason somewhere in the near future to completely ban the consumption of alcohol here.
People who consume it and are reading this article would already have gone in a state of eternal shock. But what else could happen? Here are 5 most likely scenarios that would emerge if alcohol was to be completely banned in Delhi:
1. An end to the bars, pubs and clubs
The first and the foremost damage that banning of liquor will cause would be to the proud owners of bars and pubs. Liquor shops would close down, disgruntled owners would be seen having clashes with MCD shop sealers and many other unprecedented consequences would follow. What can be ensured though is a marginal economic crisis (seeing the huge number of alcohol serving shops).
2. A Juxtaposed Dharna
If the alcohol were to be banned amidst the rule of the incumbent government, likely scenario would be that the opposition local parties of Delhi as well as the national parties might stage a Dharna at all the likely spots possible. What will be interesting to see would be a clash between organisations favouring the ban as well as those (mostly the alcohol lobby) against it.
3. The Positive Side
Although banning of alcohol might create havoc in this alcohol loving city, we must not forget the other much positive scenarios that would build up. There would be a drop in the number of road accidents, less cases of domestic violence, day workers would be bound to secure money they now use on buying alcohol, chances of diseases which occur due to alcohol consumption would become minimal, etc.
4. The Rise of the Dark Corners
United States saw a huge surge in illegal consumption of alcohol when it was banned there for a whole decade between 1920s and 1930s. Such a scenario is likely to be caused in Delhi as well. Since illegal consumption would become phenomenally high, chances are that the rate of crime would also grow.
5. New Liquor Havens
A possible bane for the capital, banning of alcohol might become a boom for the NCR region where new liquor hubs would come up so as to ensure a regular supply of liquor based drinks to people who would now be travelling outside Delhi to consume their favorite drink.