The Times of India, Oct 11 2015, Trichy: Advocating total prohibition in the state, Medha Patkar, national convener of National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), on Saturday expressed hope that chief minister J Jayalalithaa would usher in total prohibition to win over women in the state.
The activist was in Trichy to participate in a public rally along with John Pandian of Tamizhaga Munnetra Kazhagham in the evening. While addressing the media after meeting students at the Manasamithra School for Special Children close to the Trichy Airport, Patkar said the state was currently following a pro-liquor policy and the government was making huge revenue by selling liquor which was affecting the mental health of several people.
On a lighter vein, she said it was the politicians who were to be treated as special cases and not the children as they were the ones who were mentally affected due to the free-flowing liquor in the country. The policy has even attracted Muslims, for whom alcohol is prohibited, she said.
“Several youngsters are now joining the movement. That’s a good sign,” she said.
NAPM has also asked the state government to declare the Cauvery delta as “Protected Agriculture Zone”, where all activities other than agriculture will be banned.
The alliance wants the Central government to withdraw the methane extraction project, shale gas project in Kudankulam and Kalpakkam Nuclear Energy project. The Centre should also initiate steps to protect the livelihood of fishermen communities and must withdraw the Land Acquisition Act, 2015, the alliance has said.
After addressing the media, the activist left for Bishop Heber College, where she addressed students of social work and narrated her experiences in spearheading movements.