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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Anti-Arrack Movements for Women in India

These centers became the forums where people discussed the problems that the village faced; the neo-literate women used this platform to communicate their problems and experiences with other movwment. The anti-arrack movement had its basis in a number of factors. Nevertheless, in recent times arrack has been banned by various states like Karnataka15 and Kerala.

Women in Nellore came together in spontaneous local initiatives to protest against arrack and forced closure of the wines shop. Education among these women led movvement the development of courage and enlightenment. A stigma persisted against it, especially within the forward castes and also among some groups of the backward classes.

The women of Medepalli could shut down the liquor shops movemet the village but those in Mudigonda village, a kilometer away, remained open. Men from Medepalli would sneak into watering holes in Mudigonda and return inebriated. A joint Action Committee formed.

The contractors spend the money earned from liquor sales in maintaining hired gangs of muscle men to maintain their monopoly in liquor trade, to pay bribes to police and excise officials and to invest in real estate, building construction, finance, films, and politics. Many meetings were held and dhranas given and slowly an awareness campaign built against arrack.

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They were confronting the contractors ,Government officials and the very state machinery. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

Castewise, drinking was distasteful. The anti-arrack movement started in Nellore anit inand quickly spread to other wnti of the state. These probably inspired women to fight for their rights.

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Although this movement does not exemplify the feminist struggle but it did bring to the fore the complicated combinations in which gender anfi politics intermingle. You must be logged in to post a comment. This measure would have ensured that no corrupt networks persist between the arrack contractors and government officials and at the same time included a major stakeholder within the folds of the policy. How did the anti-arrack movement originate. In a village in the interior of Dubagunta in Nellor district of AP, women had enrolled in the adult literacy drive on a large scale in the early s.

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Women have been in the forefront of movements ant liquor-related social evils. Many liquor contractors were closely linked with politicians and there was a close nexus between crime and politics.

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No doubt, the movement could not maintain its momentum and continue to exert pressure on the state. Women formed squads in the village and kept a vigil round the clock to ensure that no arrack entered the village through the arrack contractors or the excise department. It also allowed the arrackk to take cognizance of their own situations and act accordingly.


As time passed, this drinking increased in quantity, and men started drinking more and more. 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.

Women spoke to other women who faced the torment of drunken abuse, and with the support of the District Collector and the sarpanch, started an anti-arrack movement. The slogan of the anti arrack movement was simple- prohibition on the sale of arrack.

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

However, rather than these steps being taken or prohibition being imposed, it was lifted during this period from all states except Gujarat. Now Movemebt Rajyam- rule of arrack state for benefit of few.

The Andhra Pradesh Government did institute prohibition in the district of Guntur in on experimental basis. Given magisterial powers to rarack with boot leggers.

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