UNIT 4 ANTI-ARRACK MOVEMENT. Structure. Aims and Purpose. Introduction. The Movement: How it Began. Other Initiatives against Arrack. Anti-Arrack Movements for Women in India! Women have been in the forefront of movements against liquor-related social evils. Women in Patad village in Uttar. Anti-Arrack movement. Year:(September and October) Place:Andhra Pradesh Purpose: Ban on alcoholism. In AP witnessed a spontaneous.

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Nonetheless, this was not a feminist struggle even though it led to the self-empowerment of these women. September arracm October Place: A joint Action Committee formed. A Women’s Movement -The anti arrack Movement. Many liquor contractors were closely linked with politicians and there was a close nexus between crime and politics.

From anti-arrack to total prohibition: the women’s movement in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Remember movemejt on this computer. The women involved in this protest belonged to the poorer Dalit households. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. It was suggested that Indian Manufactured Liquor outlets be reduced and toddy regulated. No doubt, the movement could not maintain jovement momentum and continue to exert pressure on the state. They argued that Government should reduce its expenditure. The 73rd and 74th amendments have granted reservations to women in local level political offices.

These reflections of this one movement tell us how a simple social movement has complex facets, each with a different but logical story behind it. Nevertheless, in recent times arrack has been banned by various states like Karnataka15 and Kerala.

They wanted arrack to be banned and required that a task force to enforce this ban include a sizeable percentage of women from the neighborhood along with police and excise officials be established. This movement was also against the corrupt nexus between the arrack contractors and elected officials. Remember me on this computer. This simple demand brought forth an agitation involving thousands of women and spread into the urban areas and turned into a movement.


This affected the family as well as the economy. Chandra Babu Naidu, the son in law and Member of the cabinet, wrested power from N.

Women retorted back and wanted to know if for everything he consulted his colleagues. Government and arrack Through out the agitation,Government took a stand that it needs revenue from arrack to carry out welfare activities especially providing Rs.

Additionally, drinking in rural areas was divided along caste lines. They were illiterate, exploited by landlords, and targets of domestic and social violence. The manufacture of liquor became illegal and punishable with conviction and fines upto Rupees One lakh. Women took action on the spot depending on the situation. Click here to sign up. Soon the men stopped going to Mudigonda, and gradually even stopped imbibing arrack.

The anti-arrack movement started in Nellore district inand quickly spread to other parts of the state. Another factor that motivated women to start the movement was the death of a number of villagers due to imbibing illicit brews. You must be logged in to post a comment. When this did not happen many movement arose.

It was only in moevment long run that women realised there was more to the issue than men drinking. What makes the anti arrack movement a women’s movement?

Anti-Arrack Movements for Women in India

Women in Patad village in Uttar Pradesh launched an anti-liquor movement. Adulterated with diazepam and Chloral hydrate to give more kick. Nevertheless, drinking of arrack or toddy by scheduled castes or tribes was not frowned upon arrrack consequently, moveement of the arrack consumers were the poorest of the poor who belonged either to the scheduled castes or the scheduled tribes.

In many districts, women decided enough was enough. The police helped them by arresting some of the hooch makers and seizing the ration cards of others. It was through these classes that the women united against the consumption of arrack in their villages. Illicit liquor trade increased by manifold and the government thought it best to roll back prohibition policies. Jayamma, a resident of Bandarupalli had been driven to 8 suicide twice because of constant abuse at the hands of her husband.


It affected the rural economy of the region.

With the support of a voluntary organization, Disha, the women of the village launched a three-month long agitation, which ultimately forced the administration to order the closure of the liquor shop. There was a reduction of domestic violence, increase in savings. Contractors and arrack Liquor barons rule the roost in Andhra Pradesh, dominating politics, society and cultural life.

The start of this movement can be traced back to the women of Doobagunta. Women had to face the brunt of violence emerging from being inebriated. Akshara Jyoti was a post- literacy campaign, which encouraged the people to live with the dignity of labour, prevent arrack sales so that resources could be spent on educating the future generations.

The poor rural women of the district initiated the movement. Given magisterial powers to deal with boot leggers. Women were finding it difficult to board buses, wash clothes in the pond, and move around freely in the village.

Rural women in remote village from AP fought a battle against alcoholism.

A stigma persisted against it, especially within the forward castes and also among some groups of the backward classes.