General Excitement

Swapan Dasgupta

Like the Olympics, the football World Cup is an occasion—at least for me—to enjoy pure sport

Booze Cronyism

Did AAP’s government in Delhi provide inordinate benefits to liquor licensees at the expense of the public exchequer?

A Bookworm’s Lockdown

A loincloth for Prince Philip and the Quran written in Saddam’s blood

Spirit of the Times

The homegrown craft gin movement is only getting bigger as more players jump into the fray

Nitish’s Catch-22

Not displaying adequate care for Bihari labourers could cost Nitish votes

A Hip-Flask Shot

And the agonies of an addled market

The Drunken Rats of Bihar

Or: the other side of prohibition

Mahua: Flower Power

Mahua, a humble tipple of the adivasis, finds its space under the liquor marketing sun

Why Prohibition is Doomed to Fail

A drunk person can be fined Rs 50,000 in Bihar

The Alcohol Muddle in Kerala

Despite judicial approval for the state’s liquor policy, the jury is still out on its efficacy


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