Bring on the drugs!

While I was in college, this is 2 to 3 years back, drugs were an easily obtained ‘commodity’. No more were there boys hiding behind bushes trying to smoke a plain cigarette, now the semi-sanctuary offered by the bushes were inhabited by druggies and junkies. And they were ‘normal’ people, not the usual ‘bad’ influence one would imagine druggies to be. And that is the problem…

Media, in all forms and functions, is ‘supposed’ to first capture ‘life’ of any given society, then ‘filter’ it under thier own ‘ideology’ and then show it to the very same society, a mirror of sorts. PTV plays, if my memory serves me correct, have depicted these drug-addicts to be ruffians and ‘street-rats’ and have portrayed them to be the badmaash of thier muhallah. Parents, especially some families I know, hold the opinion that thier children should not mingle with the militant-minded friends beucase then drugs and what-not will follow. They are right. But only partially.

Drugs, namely charas and its variants, were common. I have been out of college for some time now, and my interaction with junkies have been minimal, but when I was in college, those oh-so-vunerable years, smoking tobacco versus charas was a simple matter of taste, rather than morality or even availability. There was no problem of morality (as for most of us, drugs conveniently lie in the ‘grey area’ of Islam (!heh!)) and there definitely was no problem of availability; you could have a toke if you wanted it, you just gotta want it. Persons you would consider as decent, persons you would see sometimes walking out of the small college mosque or persons you would cheat from on your mid terms (hehehe), they were not excluded from the drug-thing. And the thing is, I have NO REASON AT ALL to believe that the situation have stayed the same or, dare I say, improved. Law of Entropy states that unless external forces are applied, any given system will approach complete chaos. Entropy and drugs, both of em seems to be winning.

I really do not see the local Police helping out the situation. They may catch a few peddlers and put behind bars a few dealers, but our Police has done nothing to improve its image. Now I am not the one to generalize, but a police station and an ‘inside connection’ is all you need to have an unlimited source of charas! Coupled with an occasional blackmail (gimme some money) from the uniformed-protector-of-our-rights, of course.

The situation, and there is one, can be handled, firstly and formost, by the media: Letting people know the exact problem, through news reports, through plays and through songs and what not (media can do all of that). And the local government can set up student cells that, with the help of the media, can help at least minimalize the drug-thing by raising awareness and by providing other means of entertainment (football anyone? :) ).

One thing that I find to be highly true, that lack of healthy entertainment opens avenues for not-so-healthy entertainment. We, as a society, have lost our cinemas to pathetic scripts and ‘thumkas’ a long time before the recent much-touted collapse of the pakistani cinema. Our theatres are host to the same old jokes, repeated again and again and again (and then some). Our amatuer theatres TRY TOO HARD to remain aloof and too polished to provide real, gripping and useful entertainment. Our TV serials, that have unlimited potential to induce positive change, have succumbed to the STAR PLUS/BALAJEE FILMS formula of rich-families-with-all-the-problems-in-the-world script with flashy camera zooms. Our religion has been put on a pedestal too high for anyone of us to claim such high morality; the theory of religion, theology, philosophy, even poetry and reasoning are all lost to us for the religious-leaders are now busy in proving everything ELSE wrong, rather than actually leading thier own lot to wherever! So now then, bring on the drugs!

7 Comments so far

  1. Sa'ad (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 4:16 pm

    Could someone tell me the english names for the following:

  2. Momekh (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    charas = ganja or marijuana
    niswaar = that-brown-stuff :P
    bhag (presumably, you meant bhang)= home-made

  3. mansoor (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

    momekh: nice ending.

    I find to be highly true, that lack of healthy entertainment opens avenues for not-so-healthy entertainment.

    true to the highest degree!

  4. Mariam (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    Great post and I do agree with Mansoor perfect summary.

    The most thing anoy me about these relgious leaders that they havn’t done their homework. They are twisting the facts from Quran to their benefit. Good thing there are few who are trying to show us real Islam.

    Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc.
    Islam For Today
    Understanding Islam

    These sites usually goes to the source that is Quran not really concerned about the rules which were added by humans which are sometimes twisted to control the weaker citizens of the society.

  5. sharukh46 (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

    mr momekh why ru blaming the indian teefilms do they tell you that you should take the drugs or indulge in other criminal activities indian telefilms show lot of good things also this is menace which has ruined both the countrys generation and it has to be solve by the parents and nobody else understand my dear good neighbourso think 100 times before blaming other people cultures

  6. Momekh (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 12:43 am

    @Mansoor: thankyou, right on!
    @Mariam: great links, and greater thoughts (on how the Quran sould be the primary source, rather than fiqh etc)
    @Shahrukh: I do not recall blaming the Indian culture for drugs, plz, read the post again. The expression “Bring on the drugs” is used in disgust even at the unavailability of any other form of entertainment, it is almost a wake up call, I hope I have been able to explain this… :S :)

  7. sharukh46 (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 8:24 pm

    i am sorry if i got it wrong sir u seem like a nice men r u writer mr momek well in any case i pray to god that peop[lestops taking these terrible thing do keep in touch r u from lahore or karachi sir reply

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