Prohibition in Colonial Bihar: Role of Jaglal Choudhry
Jaglal Choudhry was a leader who dedicated his entire life to the service of the people and nation. As a true Gandhian not only in words but also in his deeds, he fully committed to the principle led down by Mahatma Gandhi. He was a visionary who led his life with an example in every sense. As a legislator and minister in colonial Bihar, he always thought and given preference to the cause of people. During the national movement, prohibition was one of the social, political and economic issues both for colonial government and national leaders. It was a tough and daunting task to convince the common masses and the leaders to come in support of temperance movement. There were many arguments and counter arguments for prohibition in the provinces. The biggest obstacle for him was his caste (Pasi)but he did not bother to take caste consideration. The role played by Jaglal Choudhry was immensely debated, discussed and talked about it during this period. Coming from a simple and humble background and leading it from front was always a difficult task. It was both positive and challenging for him to devote time and resources to bring the common masses and take a bold step like prohibition. In this paper, it was highlighted about the introduction of temperance movement through legislation and problems in colonial Bihar.