First of all I would like to mention two happenings of this month:
- Banning of sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways by the honourable Supreme Court of India w.e.f. 1st April 2017.
- Release of a video song on youtube by the name Mera Highway Star Video Song | Tulsi Kumar & Khushali Kumar | Raftaar. This video was published on 8th April 2017.
Now you must be thinking that how these two events are related. Those who have listened to this song might have guessed by now what I intend to say through this blog. I am quoting a stanza from the lyrics of this song,
“Thodi boht liquor chadha ke
Unchi unchi speaker baja ke
Mera highway star
Mera highway star”
Yes these lines are openly promoting drunk driving on highways. Now what I intend to say is that if the Supreme Court really wants to check drunk driving, it should put a check on these types of songs which are gaining mainstream acceptance in the popular culture. You are banning sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways and at the same time these types of songs are openly promoting drunk driving. In my opinion the best way to curb this menace of drunk driving is spreading awareness among the public and strict patrolling by the police. Putting blanket bans will hardly help solve the problem because those who intend to drink and drive will find some ways. Drunkards won’t mind taking a detour of a kilometre or two for their share of liquor. The problem is that drunk driving is being promoted as a thrilling adventure in the popular culture. This needs to stop now. Banning these types of songs might help more rather than banning sale of liquor which has evidently led to losses of businesses and jobs for the common man and loss of revenue for the government.
P.S.- I am not attaching the link to the aforesaid video in this blog as I don’t intend to promote the song.