The freedom to sell

Every so often comes a reminder that government over-reach and license raj is still very much alive. Last week, BookMyShow was instructed by the Andhra Pradesh state government to stop selling tickets online because it (the government) had ‘passed an order’ allowing only a single entity (not BookMyShow) to do so (for the next ten years, extendable).

This is not apathy; this is a government actively working against its people. And whether driven by incompetence or rent-seeking, this act showcases just how easily your freedoms – as an individual or business – can be taken away by the government of a free country.

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