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African King bemused by teetotal Indians

A Ghanian tribal monarch has told reporters in the dry Indian state of Gujarat “how odd it is” that locals there cannot drink alcohol.

Tribal leader King Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, who was less-than-impressed by the Indian state's prohibition of alcohol (Photo: Wiki)
Tribal leader King Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, who was less-than-impressed by the Indian state’s prohibition (Photo: Wiki)

King Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, on a visit to the country to have an eye operation, was less than impressed by the prospect of spending two weeks recovering without being able to have a drop of liquor.

“How do the state’s subjects survive without booze,” the Ghanaian leader is quoted as saying by the Times of India, continuing, “What is this being dry for? For tipplers like me, it’s difficult to come to terms with this kind of situation.”

King Osagyefo, 65, added: “In my city you’ll find beer, vodka and wine everywhere. People go to pubs and have a colourful lifestyle.”

The cheif was more satisfied with the medical treatment he recieved, saying, “I am very impressed with Gujarat’s affordable healthcare.” However, he then went on to say, “Beer is missing. I’ve never had as much mineral water in my entire life as I’ve done over the past two days in Gujarat.”

When informed that he could have applied for a visitor drinking permit at the airport, he retorted that his status prevented him from doing so: “I am not supposed to stand in queues,” he said.

The state has been dry for over 50 years in tribute to Mahatma Ghandi – one of the world’s most famous teetotallers.

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