Going back to the time when you are growing up, did you not hate it when your parents insisted on doing some things for you which you were perfectly capable of doing yourself? Their advice is appreciated and yet one can never learn too much from someone else’s experiences. If we could all do that, we would probably not have most of the problems we face in society today.
So when the government decides to go ahead and impose arbitrary restrictions on things we can or cannot do, it gets very annoying. Case in point is the age at which a person can get married. I don’t know what the right age is to get married, but how ridiculous is it to have different ages at which guys and girls can marry? Is there any reason why girls can get married at 18 but guys cannot before they turn 21?
And what about the legal drinking age? Again there should be a minimum age keeping in mind the ability or rather disability to handle alcohol of a young person’s body to handle alcohol, but why is it 25 years in Delhi? And why is there prohibition in Gujarat, Manipur and Mizoram? Are the authorities not aware that banning something only creates a huge black market for that item? And it is not as though anyone follows the rules regarding the drinking age.
Ridiculous also is the ban on gambling in India. Please let me do what I want with my money. Illegal gambling dens flourish all over the country and legalizing and taxing them would eliminate the underworld’s grip over them and would earn crores in revenue for the government. And why are Goa and Sikkim spared when it comes to the ban I wonder.
There are several other things I can talk about like prostitution, etc. but I will leave it at that. The government unsuccessfully tries to do things which are “for our own good”. While I appreciate their concern, I would just like to tell the powers that be that I am an adult, leave me alone.