When it comes to Smoking, Indian Judiciary has been a Damocles, stretching its sword viciously into the lips of those who smoke. Opinion has it the jurist was a chain smoker and he fell ill and so he passed the law banning smoking in public places. In all International airports of the World there’s a smoking zone, so also is the case where public gather like malls, there’s a special room allotted for smokers. But in India sad to say the law has been taunting serpent, sadistically denying the right of smokers to smoke in public places. For an Indian smoker, long distance train journeys is harrowing as he will have to abstain from smoking for two or three days depending upon the duration of the journey. I have tried locking myself in the bathroom but there also I have been wrestled by the arm of the law. Yesterday after dropping of my wife for a Pentecostal prayer meeting, I stood outside the shopping arcade and I was enjoying the beauty of exhaling smoke rings. A vehicle came behind me and screeched to a halt. I turned back in surprise. To my agony, the vehicle was marked: ‘Kerala Police’. I was asked to pay a stiff fine. The argument that passive smokers are affected by smoking is specious as there are no recorded cases of passive smokers inheriting any of the calamitous diseases of smoking. Instead of marginalizing smokers, smokers should be given the privilege of smoking freely outdoors. There should also be smoking zones in the International Airports of India. Smokers should be allowed to smoke freely in the toilets of long distance trains. Jurists of India don’t be bloody sadists. There’s a whole majority of Indians who smoke and at least some concessions should be given to them on the grounds of moral decency. I am a hardcore smoker and I want to enjoy the liberty of smoking.