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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The cards were returned only when they promised to quit the profession. Women also discussed the issue of domestic violence.

The State now does not promote the policy of prohibition. They suddenly arose in revolt against police officials, government officials, the Home Minister, and, in fact, the Chief Minister himself.

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

Movemenh this programme concluded, Jana Chetana Kendras were set up in all districts. September and October Place: The people of Andhra Pradesh had been struggling against the sale of arrack or local liquor, which was being backed by a number of governments over a period of time.

What were the issues raised in the anti arrack movement? This was usually done in the movemrnt after they finished their daily labor. Women retorted back and wanted to know if for everything he consulted his mobement.

Now the Government became Sara Koru Sarkar. Arrack is rectified spirit, which is obtained by distilling fermented molasses. It was suggested that Indian Manufactured Liquor outlets be reduced and toddy regulated. At the end of this mission over 1. Akshara Jyoti was a post- literacy campaign, ani encouraged the people to live with the dignity of labour, prevent arrack sales so that resources could be spent on educating the future generations.


Women took action on the spot depending on the situation. Women had to face the brunt of violence emerging from being inebriated.

This was a movement by women against consumption of arrack by men of their village. Many meetings were held and dhranas given and slowly an awareness campaign built against arrack. The women of Medepalli could shut down the liquor shops in the village but ararck in Mudigonda village, a kilometer away, remained open. Additionally, drinking in rural areas was divided along caste lines. When this did not happen many movement arose. Now Sara Rajyam- rule of arrack state for benefit of few.

A joint Action Committee formed. How did the anti-arrack movement originate. Women were enthusiastic participants in the program. This was a concentrated programme that lasted four months.

As a result of the Green Revolution, sugar cane cultivation increased in India leading to an increase in sugar production and its byproduct, molasses. A person could drink throughout the day in the confines of his house. What makes the anti arrack movement a women’s movement? Help Center Find new research papers in: These movements helped in increasing social awareness about women’s questions. This affected the family as well as the economy.

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.

Anti-Arrack Movements for Women in India

The poor rural women of the district initiated the movement. This simple demand brought forth an agitation involving thousands of women and spread into the urban areas and turned into a movement.


The news spread fast and women of about villages got inspired and met together in meeting, passed resolution for imposing prohibition send them to the District Collector Reasons: Many liquor contractors were closely linked with politicians and there was a close nexus between crime and politics.

The slogan of the anti arrack movement was simple- prohibition on the sale of arrack. Another factor that motivated women to start the movement was the death of a number of villagers due to imbibing illicit brews.

Adulterated with diazepam and Chloral hydrate to give more kick. Drunken brawls were common and an environment of intoxication prevailed. More than 1 lakh women received these certificates. Although this movement does not exemplify the feminist struggle but it did bring to the fore the complicated combinations in which gender and politics intermingle.

Thus, the anti arrack movement also became part of the women’s movement. The movement made demands of equal representation to women in politics during the ninetees. No doubt, the movement could not maintain its momentum and continue to exert pressure on the state.

The Anti Arrack Movement: These reflections of this one movement tell us how a simple social movement has complex facets, each with a different but logical story behind it. It was slowly removed in a phased and defensive manner.