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Pakistan Bootlegs, but so does Gujarat

April 13, 2010

It seems to be fairly established now: prohibition = bootlegging.  The New York Times reports in its Peshawar journal that even a ban on alcohol combined with death threats from the Taliban have not deterred illicit liquor trade in Pakistan. What is even more interesting is the little titbit about how a lot of the liquor is pirated from the “Liquor route” between foreign embassies in Islamabad and NATO troops in Kabul.

All this reminded me of my five years in Gujarat, which also has a prohibition law. Needless to say, it is flouted by one and all. Other cities have family physicians, but Ahmedabad has family bootleggers: loyal suppliers who deliver booze to your doorstep. I came across a number of news articles on the subject, such as this one on rediff.com, but the most entertaining story source has to be http://prohibition.in

I frankly don’t understand why countries/communities/religions even bother. People like to drink. That’s all there really is to it.

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