articles by Bishan Kumar

India

How HipBar Bengaluru’s digital agenda to home deliver liquor suffered a setback with Karnataka HC verdict

As the first liquor home delivery vendor in Bengaluru, HipBar set lofty compliance standards with regard to delivery timing and possession limits. When the Excise Department ‘arbitrarily’ withdrew its Letter of Authority, the company challenged it. However, the Karnataka High Court’s judgement has gone against the company and is a significant setback in its endeavour to digitally transform the industry.

India

Kamal Nath's present tense, future uncertain as BSP threatens to pull out of state govt, BJP eyes return at Centre

The corridors of power are abuzz with speculation about the fate of the state government if the BJP storms back to power at the Centre. “

Politics

The rise of JAYS: Ignored by national parties, educated tribal youths come together to script new political narrative

The new battle cry of the JAYS (Jai Adivasi Yuva Sangthan) has been sounded for its maiden battle in parliamentary elections

Politics

Ex-Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan says BJP 'can’t help it if Kamal Nath govt falls under own weight'

After BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chouhan is one of the most sought-after leaders in the on-going election campaigning.

Politics

Lok Sabha election: Amidst Madhya Pradesh's Hindutva din, development falls by the wayside in Bhopal

Pitted against the formidable Congress leader and former chief minister, Digvijaya Singh, Pragya Singh Thakur has to counter his proven connect with the people and party workers in Madhya Pradesh

Politics

BJP struggles to assuage hurt Dalit pride in Gujarat's Junagarh; Una flogging incident still haunts party

The Dalits are disappointed with the BJP, its state leaders and also Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not standing up for them after the Una incident.

Politics

Patels can swing balance in Gujarat as mishandling of Patidar agitation, Hardik Patel return to haunt BJP

Hurt by Patels' anger, the BJP in Gujarat is now putting it money on the OBCs as well as the tribals, who along with Patels account for 60 percent of total votes in the state

India

Lok Sabha polls: Gujarat tribes unhappy with govt 'interference' in their culture, may tilt balance in state

Hundreds of nondescript villages in the tribal lands of south Gujarat seem lost in time.

Life

An ode to Feni: An evening at the world's first Feni cellar in Goa

‘Feni Man’ Hansel Vaz is busy crafting a revolution.

Life

The story of how Grover Zampa Vineyards, among India's finest wine-makers, came into being

The story of how one of India's finest wine companies, the Grover Zampa Vineyards, came into being

Life

Brigadier Kapil Mohan didn't just build Old Monk brand, he was true architect of Indian liquor industry

Remembering the man who built Old Monk rum into a powerful brand | #FirstCulture

Business

Whisky market is getting more inclusive, says Lukasz Dynowiak, IBHL's global ambassador

Women and young drinkers in particular are increasingly drawn to the top-end of the whisky market

Life

How Wild Tiger Rum is earning its stripes in the premium spirits segment

Thanks to the efforts of its founder — entrepreneur Gautom Menon — Wild Tiger Rum is positioned to be a roaring success

Business

Allied Blenders & Distillers No. 2 in global liquor ranking; How Kishore Chhabria made it to the list

The brand is placed second only to South Korea’s Soju-Jinro, which continues to top the chart.

Life

HipBar: A mobile app that moves the bar to the cloud, and promotes responsible drinking

Pipped as “the bar on the cloud”, HipBar is a mobile wallet and is India’s first digital currency exclusively meant for transacting adult beverages.

Life

How the Rampur Indian Single Malt came to be known as another 'Kohinoor' from India

From the dusty roads of Rampur to the glitzy shelves of Las Vegas, this single malt from India travelled quite a distance — literally and figuratively — to announce itself to the world of liquor.

Life

The success story of the Indian single malt offers whisky lovers reason to cheer

‘Spirited’ Indians have challenged the Scots with various brands of home-grown single malts and walked away with trophies