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Olive please, hold the martini

india Updated: May 27, 2008 23:44 IST
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Dr A Ramadoss, who is professionally in charge of the health of the citizens of India, and has voluntarily taken up the onerous responsibility of fixing our moral compass, has struck again. After trying his best to force us to cut down our liquor consumption, the good doctor is now teaching the world a lesson or two on the downside of befriending Bacchus. At the ongoing World Health Assembly in Geneva, Dr Ramadoss has ‘officially’ proposed that October 2, the Mahatma’s birthday, be declared ‘World No Alcohol Day’.

Despite our earlier spirited opposition to such large pegs of moral science lessons from the Health Minister, this time we are all for Dr Ramadoss. Why such a turnaround, you ask? Well, it’s simple: it’s a case of sour grapes. If we can’t down our sundowners and make merry after a hard day’s work without listening to the doctor berating us like a schoolmarm, why should others get a chance to enjoy theirs? Let them also thirst for their ‘sins’.

Now that the doctor is really keen to fix the ways of the wayward world, we wonder what the impact of a ban like this would be. Would the German government now be forced to cut-short its Oktoberfest, which starts in September and carries on to the third day in October? And, would the British now have to tank-up before the birthday of their old foe? Oh, it’s only a symbolic gesture, you say. Quick, where’s that martini?