Sign A Petition To Save Delhi's Nightlife On

31 July 2014

New Delhi’s nightlife is on a downward spiral. We had written last month about the deplorable state of affairs here in the capital and not much has changed since then. Parties are still being shut down by midnight and bars emptied and locked up by 1am. Fortunately, we’ve got a few people out there fighting the good fight and attempting to get Delhi nightlife back on track.

An aspiring young person by the name of Ashutosh Sharma has started a petition on – which, in case you’re new to the Internet, is a free petition tool whose stated mission is to "empower people everywhere to create the change they want to see." It is directed at Prof. Simi Malhotra - advisor to Lt. Governor.

The petition argues two broad points – first, and most obvious, that it affects the freedom of youth by curbing their right to “enjoy a late night out”; and secondly that it disturbs the food and beverage industry. The petitioner also directs attention to the fact that associated businesses like convenience stores, taxi services, security companies, artist managers and event promoters are all adversely affected and unnecessarily punished for “tiny minority of our worst behaved”.

The petition makes a number of valid statements – we’ve argued against the deadline before and we stand by it. Change in the random and unfortunate acts of violence that we’ve seen in the past few months will not come with the Delhi police pulling back curfews and kicking us out at midnight, Cinderella style, but by a conscious alteration of the way we function as a community.

You can read more and sign the petition here.



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