India’s great love for poppy seed and how it shaped public finance from the time of East India Company

The Indian Budget process always starts with the auspicious making of atta ka halwa. After that, food features in relation to agriculture, like yet another push this time for millets and oilseeds, or in customs duties, like this year’s reduction on duties for frozen squid and mussels, asafoetida and cocoa beans. But another part of the Budget, indirectly, involves production of a food item by the Finance Ministry. Deep within the Receipt


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