10 Of The Most Ridiculous Bans In India Over The Years

India has always been extremely rich and proud when it comes to culture and tradition. This is the reason why our government leaves no stone unturned to preserve the same. From a ban on AIB roast video to a ban on beef in Maharashtra, India has recently been famous for its weird bans.

Here is a list of 10 ridiculous bans that did not fail to surprise us over the years:

1. The ban on cuss words in movies:

CBFC’s beep game is so strong that using beep instead of the actual cuss word has become a funny trend for the current generation. It turned even funnier when words like Bombay, patana (Hindi movies) and screw (English movies) appeared on the ban list of CBFC.

Ban on cuss wordsImage source: Pixabay.com 1 & 2

2. Advertising alcohol:

The alcohol companies had the perfect countermeasure to this ban though. It’s called surrogate advertising where the companies use different products to keep their name fresh in the minds of people. #MenWillBeMen

the-ban-on-alcoholImage source: Pixabay.com

3. Porn:

How can anybody forget the horror of waking up to hundreds of porn websites banned in India?! I guess ye apne culture ki hai aadat.

porn banImage source: Google images

4. Beef:

When we had been turned into Gandhi Ji’s monkeys with censorship on what we see and hear, the government made sure that we had our palms to our mouth as well. Not even Kajol was spared when she happened to post a picture of a beef dish.

Beef banImage source: Pixabay.com

5. Maggi:

Not even Maggi was left alone as the alarming level of lead found in it was a health hazard. But surprisingly they joined the market within a few months proving their innocence. They made a solid come back with ads which talked about every mother’s trust in the company.


Image source: Google images

6. Homosexuality:

No wonder the word “screw” is banned by CBFC as well. The cherry on top was the verdict which binds us with clauses on whom to love now.

lgbtq flagImage source: Pixabay.com

7. The ban on hookah bars:

Delhiites were in for a surprise when even hookah bars were banned after the shutting down of 43 McDonald’s outlets in the city. Turns out that the government is really worried about Delhi’s lungs as well and not just what goes in its belly.

ban on hookahImage source: Pixabay.com

8. Mannequins displaying lingerie:

This unusual ban was implemented to stop “impure thoughts” from entering the minds of men who might commit rape! It exposes too much (fake) skin as well. That definitely can’t be good for a country which is home to Khajuraho temple.

Ban on lingerie

9. Fifty Shades of Grey:

It was not the first movie to be banned in India. The CBFC found it too vulgar even after deleting the scenes which seemingly made it vulgar. And hence, they banned the movie completely.

PS: The books are easily available online and offline as well.

50shades of greyImage source: Pinterest

10. Flying drones:

It’s no kids play after all! Flying drones without any prior permission is a security measure. But the funny part is the sale of drones without any warning by the manufacturer or seller that it’s illegal in India.

drone-2724257_1280Image source: Pixabay.com

Bans are all good and fine as long as they just preserve the culture and not confine its people in the process. It’s a democracy after all, of the people, by the people and for the people. Jai Hind!

Feature image source: Pixabay.com

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