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People carry boxes of alcohol in Paharganj | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

After 40 days of lockdown, Indians just wanted alcohol not ‘Gujarat Model’

While it's easy to forget the coronavirus crisis in high spirits, many states realised that opening the shops was not very practical to keep a pandemic at bay.
A man tucks bottles of alcohol in his trousers in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Covid spike, 70% hike, long queues — but nothing can keep Delhi away from booze

ThePrint's photojournalist Manisha Mondal captures three days of chaos and zero social distancing since liquor stores in New Delhi opened up after the lockdown.
A liquor shop in Delhi | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Indians bottomed up 40 days of social distancing. Now states count on them to fill coffers

The violation of social distancing norms across India during liquor sale shows the challenges Modi govt has to face ahead once the economy opens up more.
Nitish Kumar finds himself in a catch-22 situation after pulling out of Congress-RJD-JD(U) alliance | Commons

Everything that’s wrong with Nitish Kumar comes together in the failure of prohibition

It would be wise for Nitish Kumar to eat humble pie and undo prohibition. There are better ways to tackle alcoholism.
Goa Carnival takes place every year to showcase its rich cultural heritage. | Photo: Pixabay |

Goa government bans alcohol consumption during carnival float parades

Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar also said floats on CAA will not be allowed, emphasising only those showcasing Goa's culture are welcome.
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Why a ‘liquor tour’ of Bihar is unlikely to help Rajasthan’s prohibition push

A team of Rajasthan excise officials has been touring Bihar to study its prohibition model. But there are key differences between the two states, chief being tourism.
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Mizoram cabinet approves liquor prohibition in state

The ruling MNF is delivering on its poll promise of prohibition, which was in force until March 2015 when the Congress allowed opening of liquor stores.
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Nitish’s prohibition pain: Bihar’s loss may be neighbours’ gain

The annual growth in the excise revenues of UP, Jharkhand & West Bengal in 2017-18 and 2018-19 has been the highest since 2001-02.
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Nitish Kumar cites ‘improved quality of life’ to rule out any ‘compromise’ on prohibition

Says Bihar government has set up a committee to look into complaints of the anti-liquor law's misuse.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s prohibition is a sober idea in need of a drink

Nitish Kumar’s prohibition policy now hangs between its supposed political utility and its social and economic futility.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.