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India: Drugs ravage Punjab, nation's breadbasket state

NEW DELHI, India — India's elections are notorious for bribery. But this year's state elections in Punjab drew attention to what locals say is an insidious and growing problem. Instead of the usual “booze and blankets,” the footsoldiers of the various parties bought the votes of the state's poor with a far more dangerous cocktail: opium, heroin, hashish and pills.
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