India to declare tea national drink

India to declare tea national drink

Jorhāt : India | Apr 23, 2012 at 2:01 AM PDT
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India to declare tea national drink next year

Officials in India have declared that tea will be formally named the country's national drink to celebrate the life of a pioneering tea-planter who was hanged by British colonial rulers for taking part in the rebellion of 1857.

The uprising, which is often called the Sepoy Mutiny, started in Meerut, a city close to New Delhi, and spread across northern India before being brutally crushed by British forces with many Indian soldiers and civilians killed.

To declare tea as its national drink of India would be by the April 17 next year to coincide with the 212th birt aniverssary of the first Assame tea planter and Sepoy Mutiny leader Maniram Dewan.

Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia announced this news in Jorhat to attend the celebration marking 75 years of Assam Tea Planters' Association.

He said India is the largest producer and consumer of black tea in the world. According to ORG-India tea consumption study, 83 per cent households in India consume tea and is the cheapest beverage in the world after water.

Tea is generally served in India with milk and plenty of sugar, and often spiced with cardamom.

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