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21 May, 2015

Book on Prohibition in Gujarat and Mizoram released

L-R: Chief Guest releases book
My first book entitled, Prohibition: A Socio-Economic Assessment of Gujarat and Mizoram was released by Pu P.C. Lalthanliana, Hon'ble Minister i/c. Horticulture, LAD and Social Welfare on 12th June, 2014 at Savidge Hall, Upper Khatla, Aizawl.

The release function was chaired by Dr. Malsawmdawngliana, Asst. Prof., Pachhunga University College and a book review was made by Dr. Vanlalhruaia, Asst. Prof., Govt. Aizawl North College. The release function was concluded with a vote of thanks by my father, Lalduhawma Hnamte.

The release function was followed by a discussion on the Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act with Dr. Rohmingmawii, Pachhunga University College as the Moderator. The discussion focussed on the implications of MLTP Act from the social, religious, economic and political perspectives. Participants include academicians, theologians, media personnel and others.  

This book, Prohibition: A Socio-Economic Assessment of Gujarat and Mizoram is my Master of Philosophy dissertation under the supervision of Prof. I. Ramabrahmam submitted to the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad in 2012. The book is published by Serials, New Delhi in 2014.

Cover of the book
This book makes an attempt to comprehensively assess the socio-economic conditions of Gujarat and Mizoram under the policy of alcohol prohibition. Dr. J. Doungel, Asso. Prof. & Head of Department, Department of Political Science, Mizoram University  writes the foreword to the book. In the book, readers can find the nature of alcohol policy in India, the origin and development of prohibition movement, the role of civil society in regards to alcohol policy and the socio-economic conditions of Gujarat and Mizoram such as health, standard of living, crime, direct and indirect prohibition-related costs etc. in comparison with their neighboring wet states.

The book costs Rs.795 ($40) and is available for online purchase at: http://serialspublications.com/books/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=prohibition&product_id=3498
If you are in Mizoram, you can purchase it from Baptist Book Room and Synod Book Room.







26 February, 2014

MIZORAM TO DECRIMINALIZE THE MOST HARMFUL DRUG, ALCOHOL

Source: www.thelancet.com
Hats off to the current government for taking a bold step in scrapping the irrational and unfeasible Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition (MLTP) Act of 1995. Our 'Noble Experiment' has been characterized by widespread drug-abuse, increasing HIV prevalence, occasional spurious-liquor deaths, frequent drug-related deaths, enormous loss of excise revenue and maybe moral hypocrisy.

At the same time, if we look at the picture, David Nutt, Leslie King and Lawrence Phillips in "Drug harms in the UK: A Multi-criteria Decision Analysis" identified alcohol as the most harmful drug surpassing even heroin, crack and cocaine. Herman Levy also observed that alcohol consumption triggers an urge to commit offense which the Germans called 'deliktsantrieb'.

The message is crystal clear. For a state which is already high on criminality (ranked 12th among Indian states and UTs in 2010 as recorded by National Crime Records Bureau), we'd definitely need to focus on checking alcohol-related harms and crime (such as violence: domestic and public, road traffic accidents, molestation, rape etc. And oh! we record the highest rape crime since the 90's).

The 'harm to others' is more than the 'harm to users' in the case of alcohol. So, even if the 'harm to oneself' is a matter of choice or an individual's liberty, the rights and liberty of another needs to be protected from the drunkard. This issue is a major challenge for the 'soon-to-be wet state', if it adopts decriminalized alcohol policy.

26 June, 2012

Drugs & Sex: Mizote HIV+ min vei tîrtu

posted at misual.com on May 12th, 2012 9:45 am by Nundika Hnamte

MSACS official website-in a record dân chuan October 1990 aṭanga March 2012 thleng khan Mizoram-ah blood test nei mi 1,88,186 (Nuai khat sing riat sang riat za sawm riat leh paruk) an awm a, chûng zîngah chuan HIV+ mi 6,829 (Sang ruk za riat sawmhnih leh pakua) an awm.[1] Hei hi mi 100 blood test a mi 3 zel HIV+ vei ang an ni. Hetih lâi hian AIDS vanga thi mi 295 chiah an la awm thung.[2] HIV+ nei mi 6534 (6829-295=6534) khawlaiah an la lêng tihna erawh a ni lovang! Mi sang eng emaw zat chu chhan (cause) dang vangin an liam tawh ang tih hriat a ṭha. Chutih rualin vei reng, blood test neih lêm loh vanga record loh erawh mi eng emaw zat an awm ang tih chu a rin hriat theih awm e.

MSACS hian HIV+ inkaichhawn a nih dân (Mode of Transmission) hi record bawkin ‘sex’ hman aṭanga vei (sexual contact) mi 4,461; drugs-a inchiu vanga vei (Injecting Drug Users/IDU’s) mi 1,918; nausen vei (perinatal) mi 255 leh chhan dang (others not specified) vanga vei mi 195 an awm tawh a ni.[3]

HIV+ zîngah 65% hi ‘sex’ hman aṭanga vei an ni a, Mizote’n sex hman kan fimkhur a ngai hle tih a lang thei. Tin, 28% chu drugs-a inchiu vâng a ni thung. Hei hi MLTP nghawng chhuah a nihna lâi a awm. Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition (MLTP) Act, 1995 kan neih hma, 1988 daih tawh khan zu zawrh phalna ‘license’ kha ‘expire’-in ‘renew’ a ni tawh lo hrim hrim.[4] Kha mi hnu aṭang khân Mizoramah drugs a hluar ṭanin, zu zawrh lâia drugs vanga thi kum tin mi 1-5 lek lek an awm lâiin MLTP Act kan neih hnuah chuan mi 70 chuang drugs vângin kan thi kumtin a ni deuh mai (1995-ah mi 55, 2000-ah mi 131, 2005-ah 42).[5] MLTP hi a hrisel lo anih dawn hi! Amaherawhchu, 2004 aṭang hian ‘Ruihhlo Do’ kumpuan (2004-08) vang nge ni drugs vanga thihna (drugs-related death) a tla hniam rawih rawih. ‘Drug abuse’ a hniam taa MLTP chu a him ta tihna em ni? Ni kher love! MSACS record-ah tho, March 2012-a blood test nei zîngah chuan sex vângin mi 29 leh drugs-a inchiu vangin mi 21 HIV+ thar an la awm cheu! Sex mai ni lovin drugs pawh kan panna lâi tak a la ni fo mai.[6]

A solution:Prevention is better than cure. ‘Sex’ hmang lo tûra inzirtîrnate hi chu nu leh pate’n an fate chungah emaw kohhranin a member-te chungah emaw a sawi tûr a ni a, mimal zalên leh zalên inti chu thu kan inpein kan inkhuahkhirh ngawt thei lova, a sawt dawn hek lo! Chuvangin, a hmasa berah chuan insûm thei lo chuan ‘safe sex’ hman kan zir a ngai a; kawppui thlan fimkhur a ṭul bawk tih hi kan hriat a ngai (prevention). A dawtah chuan ‘drug abuse’ hi tih tlêm a ngai a, inchiu chi ngat phei chu a ngai leh zual. ‘Salvation/Revivial camping’ te hi ṭha viau mahse khuareiah chuan awmzia a nei lêm lo a tih theih ang (long-term-ah a effective tawk lo). Mizorama ‘drug abuse’ ti hluartu, kan MLTP Act hi hlip ta ila, ṭhalaite’n zu ruih tûr mumal deuh tak kan nei ang a, ‘drug abuse’ hi a ziana lâi chin a awm thei awm e, khuareiah. Chutiang a nih chuan inchiu vânga HIV+ pawh a tlêm phah ang.


[1] Mizoram State AIDS Control Society, National AIDS Control Programme Mizoram Status Since October 1990 to March 2012; available from http://mizoramsacs.nic.in/newsite/hiv_status/latest_status.html
[2] Ibid.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Lalfakzuala, Rev. Human Rights vs Ruihhlo. Mizoram: Lengchhawn Press, 2006, 29-31
[5] Excise Anti-narcotic Squad. Drugs-related Deaths (Year-wise) W.E.F. 1984. Aizawl: Mizoram Excise & Narcotics Department, 2010.
[6] Mizoram State AIDS Control Society, Op.Cit.

22 June, 2012

How our mind works


How our mind works is a wondrous miracle.
How do you manage to throw a ball of paper in a dust bin that is located at the corner of your room?
And what makes you run when you cross a road and you suddenly see a vehicle swiftly approaching?
Besides the mind being designed to understand, perceive and calculate things by thinking, it is also highly automated. After years and years of experience, there are certain times when it works by itself with little or no thinking at all.
Therefore, we may even have the capability to preconceive things before they actually happen or are proved. Suspect someone or something? You could be right!

07 April, 2012

The Night He Died

I visualize that night as a wretched night
For the followers of the crucified master.
The Man whom they had served for so long...
How they must've wished that they could see Him;
See their master just one more time.

I see Peter, the reckless,
So dejected and apathetic losing all his enthusiasms;
And the sensitive John,
Wiping his tears away as it runs down his cheeks.

They did not know what they are supposed to do,
Where they are supposed to go
And whom they are supposed to follow anymore
But to return to their old selves.

They, who had been awfully drowsy
And tired since the night before,
Must have seen Him in their dreams
With a wake shouting, "Master!"
But the Lord was in His grave.