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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 , Nasik (Maharashtra) and Haryana.


Due to the 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 often consumed by poor or landless tillers as well as migrant labourers. It is typically distilled with connivance of officials and police officers, generating huge profit margins.


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