THE DARK HISTORY BEHIND INDIA AND THE UK'S FAVOURITE DRINK

IT TOOK CONTROL OF THE MARKET FOR OPIUM IN THE INDIAN STATE OF BENGAL, ENCOURAGING FARMERS TO GROW MORE, RATIONALISING PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPING NEW CULTIVATION TECHNIQUES.

THIS IS THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE MOST UBIQUITOUS AND FAMILIAR INDIAN STREET FOOD OF THE LOT.

Until, that is, the East India Company, which had a monopoly on trade with the Far East, found a product that Chinese did want to consume - opium.
According to official figures, in 1906, 23.3% of the adult male Chinese population was addicted to opium.
And to drive that point home, what I haven't yet mentioned is the reason the Chinese had such an appetite for opium.

This is the extraordinary story of the most ubiquitous and familiar Indian street food of the lot. I say street food, but this is actually a drink, and it is no exaggeration to say it was one of the great engines that drove...

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