chapter  8
28 Pages

‘Drunkards beware!’: Prohibition and nationalist politics in the 1930s


On the morning of 20 July 1938, the people of Ahmedabad, an urban city in the Bombay Presidency, awoke to a radically altered world. Prohibition Day marked the fi rst day of a temperate future. Minister of Health for the Bombay Presidency David Gilder and Indian National Congress leader Sardar Patel, both dedicated temperance advocates, presided over the ceremonies. Their speeches called for a celebration of Prohibition and the requisite vigilance to ensure the success of this important pilot program that would serve as a model for other Indian cities.