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A legal hallucination

Draconian laws have done little to curb the consumption of drugs. A rational retreat into decriminalisation and regulation based on evidence is the only solution.

Seventy-one years ago, at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the people of India took a bold leap of imagination. Not only did they win their freedom from their colonial masters but also decided to give that freedom wings in the boldest way possible. And despite occasional bouts of turbulence, that flight of fancy and hope has endured.

During the past seven decades, when most of our neighbours flirted with varieties of unfreedom, our flight of freedom turned into an enduring saga of courage and determination. India is about a million freedoms now. A right to privacy has recently been affirmed as of constitutional value, gender and caste are continuously interrogating privilege. Gay rights are on the verge of being legally recognised. Euthanasia and suicide find greater legal and

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