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Storm In A Kulhar

Earthen cups are replacing the plastic ones. Activists debate the practical implications of Laloo's policy.

Storm In A Kulhar
Swapan Nayak
Storm In A Kulhar
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Train journeys in India have always been associated with dust, grime, crowds and vendors honking "chai garam". Those milky, sweet concoctions that tasted of waking up, the earth, faraway places, and lingering grit. For those romantic souls who've regretted the loss of that earthy aroma and its replacement by the smell of plastic and detergent, railway minister Laloo Prasad Yadav is bringing back the bygone era.

Except that this decision is more political than romantic in nature. In three to six months' time, all drinks served by the railways or nominated private caterers on trains and all stationary canteens and restaurants run by them or the IRCTC across the country will be in terracotta (burnt clay) cups or kulhars. The railways will follow this up with a ban on cola and other aerated drinks. So if you like plastic mugs or soft drinks, carry your own one and pack it back after use.

Though the order for kulhars has been passed and is already in operation in the canteens at Parliament, the PMO and Rail Bhavan plus some trains, it will take some time to be fully...
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