American comedian WC Fields once famously said, “There are only two real ways to get ahead today — sell liquor or drink it.” So, when the Indian government decided to relax lockdown restrictions, people lined up in front of liquor shops by braving the soaring summer temperatures, flouting social distancing norms and pushing everyone out of the way. Soon, chaos ensued. Overnight, photos of kilometers-long queues, videos of cops caning violators and sexist jokes on women purchasing liquor went viral on social media. In
A country that drinks together
Liquid luck is helping state governments fill up their coffers as people line up for a drink
Published 10 months ago on May 07, 2020 • 1 minute Read
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