4 AUGUST 1939, Page 24


Sta,—In a leading article on prohibition in India, published on July 31st, the Daily Telegraph points out—quite reason- ably, if we accept the existing monetary system and existing methods of obtaining money for the State—that the loss of revenue from the sale of alcohol will mean fresh burdens for the Indian taxpayer if the State services are to remain at their present leveL In other words, if Indians decide to drink less they cannot expect to continue to receive the same amount of. service from the State unless they also consent to eat less, because their incomes for buying food and other things have been reduced by taxation! Good old " sound " finance! How well this shows the madness of those currency cranks who desire to alter its beneficent operations ! —Yours very truly,


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