Tharra

Tharra is locally (often illegally) brewed alcoholic drink, or moonshine; from yeast fermentation of sugarcane, or wheat husk; in regions of northern India and Pakistan, especially Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.

Preparation

Because of pungent smell of the distilling process, "Tharra" is often prepared in remote fields, away from human settlements. It recycles some of the waste products of agricultural economy of the region.

Local Economy

It is consumed by poor landless tillers; or migrant labourers. It is usually distilled with connivance of officials and police officers; and generates huge profit margins.


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