There’s a Link Be­tween Eggs and Pegs!

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It is ev­i­dent that pro­hi­bi­tion is a pop­u­lar cause in In­dia, and politi­cians are only too will­ing to agree that al­co­holism is an evil that must be stamped out. But noth­ing can be stopped with bare leg­is­la­tion, and im­ple­men­ta­tion is a ma­jor task. The en­vi­ron­ment must be made in­im­i­cal to drink­ing liquor if any ban is to suc­ceed, and build­ing up so­cial pres­sure is cru­cial for that. How­ever, culi­nary co­er­cion is not an an­gle that most law en­force­ment agen­cies would have thought of, in pur­suance of that goal. There­fore, as­tute au­thor­i­ties in parts of Jaipur must be com­pli­mented for crack­ing down on eggs as part of its anti-liquor drive. Many would con­cur that late-night shacks serv­ing eggs of­ten end up be­com­ing mag­nets for drinkers. Their logic, pre­sum­ably, is that those will­ing to shell out for eggs are will­ing to do the same for pegs. Whether tak­ing eggs off the ta­ble will ac­tu­ally re­duce drink­ing — or kill the urge to im­bibe — is not that ap­par­ent. The kabab-sharab link has been oft quoted. But it must be ad­mit­ted that omelettes per se are not gen­er­ally as­so­ci­ated with eg­ging on those seek­ing liquor. Even so, scram­bled be­hav­iour due to ine­bri­a­tion is not un­com­mon ei­ther. So, law en­forcers in places with pro­hi­bi­tion must take im­me­di­ate note of this star­tling cor­re­la­tion be­tween eggs and pegs, and not chicken out of tak­ing ac­tion when and where nec­es­sary.

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