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Sukhbir’s offer of joint action on drugs is just a political gimmick: Amarinder
07.07.18 - Team PT
Sukhbir’s offer of joint action on drugs is just a political gimmick: Amarinder



CHANDIGARH, July 7: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ridiculed Sukhbir Singh Badal’s call for de-politicising the drugs and sacrilege issue as nothing but a political gimmick to divert public attention from his own role in shamelessly allowing both to flourish during his party’s 10-year misrule.

Deriding Sukhbir Badal and his wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s desperate attempt to take the high moral ground on the issue of drugs – a problem perpetrated and perpetuated by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Chief Minister described it as a last-ditch effort by them to live down the appalling legacy they had left behind.

After ruining a whole generation of youth, Sukhbir Badal was now talking about fighting the menace together, said the Chief Minister, challenging the SAD president to cite even one instance during their regime when they had sought political consensus or taken help from the Congress on any issue, including the drug menace, which had assumed gigantic proportions under their rule. 

His government did not need the advice of a party or leadership which had been responsible, in the first place, for the mess which Punjab was struggling to tackle, said the Chief Minister, adding that he was more than capable of handling the situation on his own, with the help of his able cabinet colleagues and officers.

"We have successfully brought the state out of the fiscal chaos into which it had been plunged by the erstwhile SAD-BJP regime. We have succeeded in eliminating some of the top gangsters who had a free run under your rule. We have been able to stabilise the law and order situation and put an effective check on the sacrilege cases that were widespread during your mis-governance. And we have done all this without your advice or help, Mr. Sukhbir Badal,” the Chief Minister said in a hard-hitting statement in response to Sukhbir’s offer of joining hands with the government to fight drugs.

Dismissing Sukhbir’s suggestion of taking other parties into confidence over the steps being taken by his government to combat the drug problem, the Chief Minister said that going by the precedent set by the Akalis, as well as AAP, in the state Assembly, he would prefer not to waste his time and energies in talking to them. He added that he believed in ensuring on-ground action, which his entire government, ably supported by the STF, the Punjab Police and other agencies, had already unleashed to wipe out drugs from Punjab.

Ridiculing Sukhbir’s statement that during their rule, the Akalis fought the problem tooth and nail, the Chief Minister said the situation prevailing on the ground clearly nailed his lies. "You cannot fool the people of Punjab with your fabrications any longer,” he told Sukhbir Badal and Harsmirat Kaur.

Agreeing with Sukhbir Badal that no sensible politician would ever promote narcotics, the Chief Minister said that, unfortunately, for 10 years, the state was under the control of politicians who were far from sensible.

It was laughable that the very leadership which had left no stone unturned in destroying the state for 10 years was now trying to push the blame for its shocking failures on the Congress government, said Captain Amarinder Singh. 

On Sukhbir’s question if any Akali had been caught for drugs in the past year and a half, the Chief Minister said unlike the SAD and its ally BJP, the Congress had never believed in following a policy of vendetta against its opponents. But the moment the STF, or any of the other agencies investigating drug cases, find evidence of complicity of any Akali leader, he would personally ensure that the accused is thrown behind bars and the case against him is taken to its logical conclusion under the law, said the Chief Minister.

Captain Amarinder Singh scorned at Harsimrat’s statement that he was a `non-serious Chief Minister who doesn’t go to office.” Had she spent as much time in Delhi, where she should be considering that she was a Union Minister, as she seemed to be doing in tracking his schedule, Harsimrat might have been able to get some of the much-needed support for Punjab from the Centre, he added. From debt waiver to GST waiver on Langar, the Centre, of which Harsimrat herself is a part, had failed to deliver on any count, and it was left to his government to provide relief to the people of Punjab despite the serious financial constraints it had inherited from the erstwhile SAD-BJP regime, said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister welcomed Harsimrat to visit him in his office at his residence, from where he preferred to operate in order to get more constructive work done, so that she could see for herself how well-equipped it was to handle his demanding schedule. It was this myopic vision of the Badals, who could not see beyond the corridors of power which they loved to flaunt, that had contributed to the total failure of the SAD-BJP government, he quipped.
 

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DEATH EMBRACING LOGIC
Drugs in Punjab: Beating Donald Trump at his insanity game
06.07.18 - S Pal
Drugs in Punjab: Beating Donald Trump at his insanity game



HOW DO YOU start a conversation in times when all political parties and wide sections of civil society openly advocate that thousands of youth in the state be hanged to death without losing any time?

How do you get a handle at the narrative if the frontpage top headline of a newspaper brought out by some of the sanest minds proclaims that top politicians landing up at government-run hospitals shows their inner conscience has woken up to resolve the intractable drug problem in Punjab? "Siyastdana di jaagi zameer!

Donald Trump suddenly seems a little less maniac to me, and as the good lord knows, it was no mean feat that our politicians, civil society and media have achieved.

Even when Punjab's Amarinder Singh government is facing flak that it hasn't been acting tough against drug sellers, official statistics put the number of drug peddlers currently in jail at around 15,000. Even if half of them are convicted, the Punjab Cabinet has recommended legislative provisions to hang some 7,500 youth to death.

A day after the Cabinet made this extra-ordinary move, four top leaders of a social-media triggered movement against drugs met Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh where they completely agreed with the strong steps taken by the Punjab Government against drugs. Presumably, the strongest and the most visible was this capital sentence provision. Not one of the four has squeaked so far against the harebrained idea.
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When a government takes a step that flies in the face of all rationale, what is the role of the Opposition? To upstage the government by doing something even more stupid. At least, that's the strategy adopted by Punjab's opposition parties.
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Since the impoverished, the poor vulnerable have been falling victims to drug overdose and Chitta, the most dramatic solution that the government could think of is to send 3.07 lakh government employees to get a dope-clean certificate from the nearest government-run laboratory.

It is not clear why Punjab's grocers have not been asked to undergo a drug test? Or tea sellers? Or dhaba owners? Or tailors? After all, the only criteria seem to be rank arbitrariness and lack of application of mind or logic!

When a government takes a step that flies in the face of all rationale, what is the role of the Opposition? To upstage the government by doing something even more stupid. At least, that's the strategy adopted by Punjab's opposition parties.

A minister of the government, by all means not under the influence of any psychotropic substance, landed up at the Civil Hospital in Mohali, demanding that he be made to undergo a dope test. Not because he had been accused of consuming drugs, but just in routine. More like a long overdue dental check up. 

Instead of calling the minister's bluff, a senior leader and legislator of the Aam Aadmi Party did a similar thing. More of his colleagues are planning to follow, and the crescendo of voices is rising, some demanding that the CM and the ministers also take a dope test.

How is this exercise connected to the problem of Punjab's largely unemployed youth draining themselves of any hope and jabbing needles into their bodies? How is this voice of conscience relevant to Punjab waking up to find bodies outside in the street, drug injecting syringes hanging from the limbs?

Have we been smoking something too strong for our collective senses, if you may please excuse the pun?  

What kind of society sees a solution to a problem as complex as drugs in awarding death sentences at the first conviction to those selling the contraband, irrespective of considering any concomitant circumstances?
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Complex issues need complex solutions, and it is time our politicians started speaking to the people as if they are for real.
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A large number of Punjab's farmers have complained for years about spurious pesticides that led to huge crop losses, leading to farmers committing suicide in hundreds of cases because of this reason. Here's a solution, inspired by the collective wisdom of the Punjab government and the self-styled leaders of the civil society hailing the government's strong moves: any pesticide dealer found selling spurious pesticide should be awarded death sentence.

By the same logic, anyone found selling spurious milk should be awarded death sentence. Anyone selling a strip of spurious anti-biotic pills of course deserves the guillotine. And since we are at it, why not hang to death a bunch of teachers found repeatedly absent from duty or whose results remain below ten per cent for two years in a row? After all, such teachers are killing the future prospects of our children who then fall prey to drugs. Hey! why not just hang a couple of motorists for jumping the red light? This will solve the problem of traffic regulation in a major way, and we will save thousands of lives in Punjab.

People's movements have a way of spinning logic that appeals to common sense. Soon, we will be at that stage where a popular cry will be to hang a couple of politicians for utterly poor performance. Try making your own personal list of those you would want to see hanging from the nearest light pole.

I can go on and on, and good fun that it is, the point is simple: complex issues need complex solutions, and it is time our politicians started speaking to the people as if they are for real. 

People do not migrate because there is no wall on the US-Mexico border. They migrate because there are no jobs and no dreams. If Amarinder's latest solution works, believe me, Trump will order public hangings at deportation centres; snatching children away from moms will feel like an act of genuine kindness.

Does Punjab Police sometimes entangle people in false cases? Are there instances of courts finding that the police had falsely accused someone of involvement in drug trade? Has the Punjab Government demanded, discussed and recommended that drug sellers be given death after first conviction? Answer to all of the above is yes. Have we taken leave of all semblance of sanity? The answer seems to be the same.

One has to be a certified pot smoker to say anything like this: a) The Akalis were so bad, they created the drug problem. b) If you do not catch that one former Akali minister, you cannot control Punjab's drug problem. c) Everyone knows who sells drugs, so why not go and catch them? d) If ministers and MLAs undergo drug tests, it will reduce the number of drug-related deaths by at least one. e) Putting government employees through drug tests has anything to do with controlling the drug problem.

The fanfare with which the Black Week Movement had started ebbed within hours. No one will compose even a dirge for it. Lamenting the state of affairs in the chowk merely to sip tea in the CM's study and express complete agreement with the state power and its instrumentalities is to backstab every dead body people found in the drains.

The oversimplification of the drug issue needs to stop. It is time to tell the people that we reached here through a long route, and we need to walk back the problem by making yet another tough journey. It is a question of political approach and development model, not whether the Harpreet Singh Sidhu-led STF should be under DGP Suresh Arora or not. It is a result of our blind faith in the Green Revolution, our government's inability to stand up to pressures and allow unabated privatisation of education and health sector, our failure as a society to check the state of our schools and hospitals. 
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Have we been smoking something too strong for our collective senses, if you may please excuse the pun?
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It is our collective failure to force a politics that could give our youth a dream that we can pull ourselves out of this morass. 

A Punjab wanting to run away from itself, to the city in all cases, to a Canadian one if possible, cannot fight against an enemy that has defeated forces much mightier. 
 

You can get Amarinder Singh and Sukhbir Singh Badal walk hand in hand into a civil hospital and undergo drug tests. You can have the likes of Pali Bhupinder waive the test reports in television studios to claim all the steps taken by the government have been wonderful. You can get Prof Manjit Singh to dress in an all black attire for the next 365 days. 

It still will not save a single life.

Theatre works. Ask Shabdeesh. Take the theatre to where its subjects are, and see how and what it does to people. Ask Samuel John.  

But political drama-baazi does not work. Ask the mothers of those who they cremated with still enough drug inside their dead bodies.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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ਹੋ ਉਹੀ ਰਿਹਾ ਜਿਸ ਦਾ ਡਰ ਸੀ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵਲੋਂ ਮੁਲਾਜਮਾਂ ਦੇ ਡੋਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਕਰਵਾਉਣ ਦੇ ਐਲਾਨ ਨੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦਾ ਧਿਆਨ ਤੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਸਰਗਰਮੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਭਟਕਾਉਣਾ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਹੈ। ਸਧਾਰਣ ਮੁਲਾਜਮ ਤੋਂ ਐਮ ਐਲ ਏ ਤੇ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਤਕ ਸਿਆਸਤ ਦੀ ਬਹਿਸ ਇਸੇ ਹੀ ਮੁੱਦੇ 'ਤੇ ਕੇਂਦਰਤ ਹੋ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਇਕ ਦੂਜੇ ਨੂੰ ਸਿਆਸੀ ਠਿੱਬੀ ਲਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਇਸ ਮੁੱਦੇ ਨੂੰ ਸਿਆਸੀ ਗੇਂਦ ਵਜੋਂ ਉਛਾਲਿਆ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਇਹ ਤਕਰਾਰਬਾਜ਼ੀ ਤੇ ਬਹਿਸ ਚਿੱਟੇ ਤੇ ਇਸ ਨਾਲ ਹੋ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਮੌਤਾਂ
ਅਸਲ ਮੁੱਦਾ ਤੋਂ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦਾ ਧਿਆਨ ਭਟਕਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਉਂਝ ਸਵਾ 3 ਲੱਖ ਦੇ ਕਰੀਬ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਮੁਲਾਜਮ ਹਨ। ਜਾਣਕਾਰਾਂ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਡੋਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਦੀ ਇਕ ਕਿੱਟ 5700/- ਦੀ ਹੈ। ਸਵਾ ਤਿੰਨ ਲੱਖ ਮੁਲਾਜਮ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਟੈਸਟ 'ਤੇ 325000×5700= 1,852,500,000 ਖਰਚ ਆਉਣ ਦਾ ਅਨੁਮਾਨ ਹੈ। ਖਜ਼ਾਨੇ ਦੀ ਮੰਦਹਾਲੀ ਦਾ ਰੋਣਾ ਰੋਣ ਵਾਲੀ ਤੇ ਮੁਲਾਜਮਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਡੀ ਏ ਦੀਆਂ ਚਾਰ ਕਿਸ਼ਤਾਂ ਇਸ ਬਹਾਨੇ ਨਾਲ ਦੱਬਣ ਵਾਲੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਐਡੀ ਵੱਡੀ ਰਕਮ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਸਿਰ ਬਿਨਾਂ ਬੋਝ ਪਾਏ ਕਿਥੋਂ ਤੇ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਕਰੇਗੀ? ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਸਿਹਤਤੰਤਰ ਜਿਹੜਾ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਮੁੱਢਲੀਆਂ ਤੇ ਜ਼ਰੂਰੀ ਸਿਹਤ ਇਲਾਜ ਲੋੜਾ ਪੂਰੀਆਂ ਕਰਨ 'ਚ ਹੱਫ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ ਉਹ ਇਸ ਟੈਸਟ ਦਾ ਬੋਝ ਝੱਲਣ ਲਈ ਤਿਆਰ ਹੈ? ਇਸ ਲਈ ਲੋੜੀਂਦਾ ਇਨਫਰਾਸਟੱਕਚਰ ਉਸ ਕੋਲ ਹੈ? ਨਿੱਜੀ ਹਸਪਤਾਲਾਂ ਕੋਲ ਇਹ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ ਕਿੰਨਾ ਕੁ ਹੋ? ਸਾਇੰਟੇਫਿਕ ਐਕੋਰੇਟ ਰਿਜ਼ਲਟ ਦੀ ਵਿਵਸਥਾ ਲਈ ਫੁਲਪਰੂਫ ਵਿਵਸਥਾ ਲਈ ਕੀ ਵਿਵਸਥਾ ਹੈ? ਖਿਡਾਰੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਟੈਸਟ ਦੇ ਸਾਇੰਟੇਫਿਕ ਤੇ ਐਕੋਰੇਟ ਰਿਜ਼ਲਟ ਲਈ ਵਿਸ਼ਵ ਭਰ 'ਚ ਅੱਧਾ ਸੈਕੜਾ ਹੀ ਲੈਬਾਰਟਰੀਆਂ ਹਨ। ਪੰਜਾਬ ਚ ਇਹ ਕਿੰਨੀਆਂ ਤੇ ਕਿਥੇ ਹਨ?
ਸ਼ਰਾਬ ਜਿਸ ਦੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਆਪ ਮੁੱਖ ਵਿਕਰੇਤਾ ਹੈ ਜੇ ਡੋਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਚੋੰ ਇਸ ਦੇ ਲੱਛਣ ਆਉਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਤੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਗੈਰਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਜਾ ਸਕਦਾ ਜਦੋਂ ਕਿ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਵੇਚ ਕੇ ਆਪ ਹੀ ਇਸ ਦੇ ਵਪਾਰ ਤੇ ਸੇਵਨ ਨੂੰ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਮੰਨ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਹੈ?
ਉਂਝ ਵੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਐਲਾਨ ਨੇ ਮੁਲਾਜਮਾਂ ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੀਆਂ ਨੀਤੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਜਮੀਨੀ ਪੱਧਰ ਤਕ ਲਾਗੂ ਕਰਕੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਤਕ ਪਹੁੰਚਾਉਣਾ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ ਦਰਅਸਲ ਇਕ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਇਹੋ ਹੀ ਸਥਾਈ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਨ। ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਤੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਸ਼ਕ ਤੇ ਬੇਵਿਸ਼ਵਾਸ਼ੀ ਦੀ ਦੀਵਾਰ ਖੜ੍ਹੀ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਹੈ।
ਐਡੀ ਵੱਡੀ ਰਕਮ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਕਰਕੇ ਨਸ਼ਈਆਂ ਦੇ ਇਲਾਜ ਤੇ ਮੁੜਵਸੇਬੇ ਦੀ ਵਿਵਸਥਾ ਚ ਬੇਹਤਰ ਵਿਵਸਥਾ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ।

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Comment by: ਐਡਵੋਕੇਟ ਇੰਦਰਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ

ਜਦੋਂ ਤੱਕ ਨਸ਼ੇ ਦਾ substitute ਨਹੀਂ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਜਾਂਦਾ, ਨਾ ਫਾਂਸੀ ਹੱਲ ਹੈ, ਨਾ ਡੋਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਹੱਲ ਨੇ ਤੇ ਨਾ ਹੀ ਕੋਈ ਹੋਰ ਸਖਤਾਈ ਕਾਰਗਰ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ। ਅਤੇ ਜੇਕਰ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਹੁੱਕਮਾ ਮੁੱਤਾਬਿਕ 4 ਲੱਖ ਮੁੱਲਾਜਮਾ ਦਾ ਡੋੱਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਕਰਵਾਉਣ ਵਿੱਚ 60 ਕਰੋੜ ਦਾ ਭਾਰ ਲੋਕਾ ਤੇ ਪਉ ਉਹਣਾ ਵਿੱਚੋ 10/: ਮੱਤਲਬ 40000 ਮੁੱਲਾਜਮ ਦਾ ਫੇਲ ਆਇਆ ਤਾ ਨਵੀ ਡੱਰਗ ਕੋਰਟ ਹੋੱਦ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਉਣੀ ਪਉ ਜੋ ਕਿ ਹਿੰਦੋਸਤਾਨ ਦਾ ਪਹਿਲਾ ਡੱਰਗ ਕੋੱਰਟ ਸੂੱਬਾ ਹੋਉ ਅਤੇ ਨੱਵੀ ਜੇਲ , ਨਵੀ ਪੁਲਿਸ ਸਾਰਾ ਕੱੁਛ ਜੁਗਾੜ ਕਿੱਤੇ ਬਿਨਾ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦਾ ਹੱਵਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਹੁੱਕਮ ਹੈ | ਡਾਕਟਰਾਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਗਈ ਰਾਏ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਅਜਿਹਾ ਟੈਸਟ ਸੰਭਵ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋ ਸਕਦਾ ਕਿਉਂ ਆਮ ਡੋਪ ਟੈਸਟ ਕਿਸੇ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਵੀ ਦਵਾਈ ਖਾਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਮੁਲਾਜ਼ਮ ਦਾ ਟੈਸਟ ਪਾਜ਼ੈਟਿਵ ਆਵੇਗਾ ਅਤੇ ਉਹ ਇਕ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਰਿਕਾਰਡ 'ਚ ਨਸ਼ੇੜੀ ਬਣ ਜਾਣਗੇ! NDPS act ਦੇ Section 27 ਦੇ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀ ਤਰਾ ਦਾ ਨਸ਼ੇ ਦਾ ਸੇਵਨ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਾ ਸਜਾ ਦਾ ਭਾਗੀਦਾਰ ਹੈ ਜਿਸ ਵਿੱਚ 6 ਮਹਿਨੇ ਦੀ ਸਜਾ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ 2000 ਜੁਰਮਾਣਾ ਹੋ ਸੱਕਦਾ । ਇਹ ਸਾਰੇ ਬਿਆਨ ਬਿਨਾ ਤਿਆਰੀ ਤੋ ਲੋਕਾ ਦਾ ਧਿਆਨ ਬੱਦਲਨ ਲ਼ਈ ਹਨ ਮੈ ਕੈਪਟਨ ਸਾਬ ਦਾ ਬਹੁਤ ਵੈਲਵਿਸ਼ਰ ਹੋਣ ਦੇ ਨਾਤੇ ਸੁਝਾਅ ਦੇਣਾ ਚਾਹੁਦਾਂ ਹਾ ਕਿ ਸਿਹਤ ਮਹਿਕਮੇ ਅਤੇ ਉੱਚੇਰੀ ਸਿੱਖੀਆ ਅਤੇ ਸਿੱਖੀਆ ਦੀ ਫੋਰੀ ਮਿਟੀਂਗ ਬੁਲਾ ਕਿ ਸਕੁਲਾ ਕਾਲਜਾ ਨੂੰ ਫੋਰੀ ਤੋਰ ਤੇ ਹੁੱਕਮ ਜਾਰੀ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾਣ ਕਿ ਐਡਮਿਸ਼ਨ ਸਮੇ ਸੱਭ ਨੋਜਵਾਨਾ ਦਾ ਡੋੱਪ ਕਰਵਾਇਆ ਜਾਵੇ ਡੋਪ ਫੇੱਲ ਹੋਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਵਿੱਦੀਆਰਥਿਆ ਲਈ ਕਾਲਜਾ ਵਲੋ ਕਲਾਸਾ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਵੇ। ਪੰਚਾਇਤਾ ਦੀ ਵੀ ਜਿੰਮੇਵਾਰੀ ਤਹਿ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ MLA,s ਦੇ ਕਹਿਣ ਤੇ SSP,DSP, SHO ਨਾ ਲਾਏ ਜਾਣ ਅਤੇ ਨੰਸ਼ੇ ਦੇ ਮੱਦੇ ਤੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਦੀ ਨਾ ਸੁੱਣੀ ਜਾਵੇ , ਵੇੱਚਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਫੱੜੇ ਜਾਣ ਨਾ ਕੀ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲੇ,ਜੇੱਕਰ ਤੁੱਸੀ ਇਸ ਜੰਗ ਨੰੂ ਜਿੱਤਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਾਮਯਾਬ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹੋ ਤਾ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੀਆ ਮਾਵਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਤੇ ਸਦਾ ਲਈ ਮਾਨ ਰਹੇਗਾ

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Comment by: Giani Harbans Singh Teg

ਇਹ ਸਭ ਡਰਾਮਾਬਾਜੀ ਹੈ ਡੋਪ ਡੂਪ ਵੀ ਨਕਲੀ ਸਰਟੀਫਿਕੇਟ ਦੇਣਗੇ , ਸ਼ਿਫਾਰਸ਼ਾਂ , ਵੱਢੀ ਹੋਰ ਗੰਦ ਵਧੇਗਾ ।

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Comment by: Malvinder Singh Mali

ਇਸ ਲੇਖ ਵਿੱਚ ਬਹੁਤ ਸਾਰੇ ਅਹਿਮ ਮਾਮਲੇ ਬੁਰੀ ਤਰਾਂ ਅਸਪਸ਼ਟਤਾ ਤੇ ਘਚੋਲੇ ਵਾਲੇ ਨੇ। ਪਹਿਲੀ ਗੱਲ ਅਫ਼ੀਮ ਤੇ ਅਫ਼ੀਮੀ ਨਸ਼ਿਆ ਨੂੰ ਰਲਗੱਡ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ। ਦੂਜਾ ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਦਲਦਲ ‘ਚ ਫਸੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਤੇ ਮਾਫੀਆ ਦਾ ਰਾਜਸਥਾਨ ਤੇ ਹਰਿਆਣਾ ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਤੁਲਨਾਤਮਿਕ ਨਕਸ਼ਾ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਥਾਂ ਨਸ਼ਿਆ ਦੀ ਬਰਾਮਦਗੀ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕਰਕੇ ਜ਼ਮੀਨੀ ਹਕੀਕਤ ਨੂੰ ਸਾਹਮਣੇ ਨਹੀ ਲਿਆਂਦਾ ਗਿਆ। ਤੀਜਾ ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਸਿਆਸਤ ਤੇ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਬਲ ਦੇਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਪਰਬੰਧ ਨੂੰ ਅਣਗੋਲਿਆ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ। ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਠੋਸ ਹਾਲਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਕੁਦਰਤੀ ਤੇ ਸਿੰਥੈਟਿਕ ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਵਖਰੇਵਾਂ ਨਹੀ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਤੇ ਸਮੁੱਚੇ ਮਾਮਲੇ ਅੰਦਰ NDPS act ਤੇ ਉਸਦੀ ਭੂਮਿਕਾ ਨੂੰ ਛੋਹਿਆ ਹੀ ਨਹੀ ਗਿਆ । ਆਖਰੀ ਗੱਲ, ਆਦਰਸ਼ਵਾਦੀ ਸੋਚ ਦੇ ਭਾਰੂ ਹੋਣ ਕਾਰਨ ਇਹ ਲੇਖ ਕੋਈ ਸਾਰਥਕ ਸਿਆਸੀ ਸੇਧ ਦੇਣ ਦੇ ਸਮਰੱਥ ਨਹੀ ਹੈ। ਇੱਥੋਂ ਤੱਕ ਕਿ ਕਈਆਂ ਦੀ ਸਮਝ ਬਾਰੇ ਹਕੀਕੀ ਦੀ ਥਾੰ ਮੰਤਕੀ ਜਾਇਜ਼ੇ ਤੇ ਟਿੱਪਣੀਆਂ ਕੀਤੀਆ ਗਈਆਂ ਹਨ ਜੋ ਨਿੱਜੀ ਹੋਣ ਕਾਰਨ ਮੈਂ ਚਰਚਾ ਦਾ ਵਿਸ਼ਾ ਨਹੀ ਬਣਾਉਣਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦਾ।
ਹੇਠਾਂ ਪੜੋ ਸਬੰਧਤ ਲੇਖ , ਲੇਖਕ ਹਨ ਮੇਰੇ ਬਹੁਤ ਹੀ ਸਤਿਕਾਰਤ ਸੱਜਣ ਡਾ: ਪਿਆਰਾਂ ਲਾਲ ਗਰਗ ਸਾਹਿਬ , ਜਿਹਨਾ ਦੀ ਲੋਕ ਹਿੱਤਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਪ੍ਰਤੀਵੱਧਤਾ,ਇਮਾਨਦਾਰੀ ਤੇ ਜੀਵਨ ਜਾਂਚ ਮੇਰੇ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਰਨਾ ਬਣੀ ਹੋਈ ਹੈ। ਬੇਨਤੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਚਰਚਾ ਵਿਚਾਰਕ ਮਾਮਲਿਆਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਹੀ ਸੰਜਮੀ ਤੇ ਦਲੀਲ ਪੂਰਬਕ ਹੋਵੇ। ਨਿੱਜੀ ਤੋਹਮਤ ਵਾਲੀ ਟਿੱਪਣੀ ਤੁਰੰਤ ਮੇਟ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ। ਅਗਾਊਂ ਹੀ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ ਸੰਭਾਵਿਤ ਸਹਿਯੋਗ ਵਾਸਤੇ ... ।

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ਮਾਲੀ ਜੀ ਦਾ ਆਪਣਾ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਹੈ । ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਬਾਬਤ ਦੋ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਚੱਲ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ , ਇੱਕ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਇਸਦਾ ਹੱਲ ਹੈ ਕਾਨੂੰਨ ਤੇ ਤਕਨੀਕ ਨੂੰ ਤਕੜਾ ਤੇ ਚੁਸਤ ਦਰੁਸਤ ਕਰਕੇ , ਜਿਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਜਾਇਦਾਦ ਜਬਤ ਕਰਨ ਤੇ ਸਜਾਏ ਮੌਤ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਵਾਧਾਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ , ਅਤੇ ਇੱਕ ਚੈਨਲ ‘ਤੇ ਤਾਂ ਜਿੰਮੇਵਾਰ ਵਿਅਕਤੀਆਂ ਨੇ ਭੀੜ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਕੁੱਟ ਕੇ ਮਾਰ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਜਾਣ ਦ ਵੀ ਪੂਰੀ ਡਟ ਕੇ ਵਕਾਲਤ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤੀ । ਦੂਜਾ ਇਹ ਕਿ ਹਾਰਡ ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਤਸਕਰੀ ਇਸਦੀ ਜਿੰਮੇਵਾਰ ਹੈ ਇਸ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਪੋਸਤ ਦੀ ਖੇਤੀ ਨੂੰ ਤੇ ਅਫੀਮ ਤੇ ਪੋਸਤ ਦੀ ਵਿਕਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਮਾਨਤਾ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਜਾਵੇ , ਜਿਸ ਨਾਲ ਕਿਸਾਨ ਦੀ ਆਰਥਕਤਾ ਸੁਧਰੇਗੀ ਤੇ ਲੋਕ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਮੌਜ ਮਸਤੀ ਦੇ ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਲੱਗ ਜਾਣ ਤੇ ਹਾਰਡ ਨਸ਼ੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਨਗੇ, ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਇਸ ਮੰਗ ਲਈ ਧਰਨਾ ਵੀ ਪ੍ਰੈਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਰਿਪੋਰ ਹੋਇਆ ਸ ਿਸਮੇਤ ਫੋਟੋ ਦੇ ।ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੋਹਾਂ ਬਾਬਤ ਮੈਂ ਤੱਥ ਸਾਹਮਣੇ ਰੱਖੇ ਹਨ ਕਿ ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਵਰਗੇ ਮੁਲਕ ਵਿੱਚ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਤਕਨੀਕੀ ਤੇ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਹੱਲ ਬੜੇ ਜੋਰ ਤੇ ਮੁਸਤੈਦੀ ਨਾਲ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਉਥੇ ਵੀ ਟੀਕਿਆਂ ਨਾਲ ਕਰੀਬ 600 ਮੌਤਾਂ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਕਰੋੜ ਆਬਾਦੀ ਸਾਲਾਨਾ ਹੋ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਹਨ । ਇਸੇ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਪੋਸਤ ਦੀ ਖੇਤੀ ਦੀ ਰਾਜਸਥਾਨ ਤੇ ਭਾਰਤ ਦੀਆਂ ਹੋਰ ਕਈ ਸਟੇਟਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਤੌਰ ‘ਤੇ ਇਜਾਜਤ ਹੈ ਪਰ ਉਥੋਂ ਦੇ ਪੋਸਤ ਦੀ ਖੇਤੀ ਵਾਲੇ ਕਿਸਾਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਖੁਸ਼ਹਾਲ ਹੋਣ ਦਾ ਕੋਈ ਅਧਿਅਨ ਮੰਗ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਿਆਂ ਨੇ ਪੇਸ਼ ਨਹੀਂ ਕੀਤਾ । ਭੁੱਕੀ ਦੀਆਂ ਲਾਇਸੈਂਸੀ ਦੁਕਾਨਾਂ ਹੋਣ ਦੇ ਬਾਵਜੂਦ ਉਥੇ ਭੁੱਕੀ ਤੇ ਅਫੀਮ ਦੀ ਨਜਾਇਜ ਵਿਕਰੀ ਆਮ ਵਰਤਾਰਾ ਹੈ। ਸੰਸਾਰ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਪੋਸਤ ਬੀਜਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਦੇਸ ਨੇ ਭਾਰਤ , ਟਰਕੀ ਤੇ ਆਸਟਰੇਲੀਆ ਦਾ ਤਸਮਾਨੀਆ ਸੂਬਾ , ਪਰ ਗੈਰ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਪੋਸਤ ਵਾਲੇ ਮੁਲਕ ਨੇ ਪਾਕਿਸਤਾਨ, ਬਰਮਾ, ਥਾਈਲੈਂਡ ਤੇ ਅਫਗਾਨਿਸਤਾਨ । ਦੁਨੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਕਰੀਬ 90% ਪੋਸਤ ਅਫਗਾਨਿਸਤਾਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਉਗਦਾ ਹੈ ।ਮੈਕਸੀਕੋ ਵਿੱਚ ਤੇ ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਦੇ ਕੋਲੰਬੀਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਵੀ ਪੋਸਤ ਬੀਜਿਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ । ਅਰਜਨਟਾਈਨਾ ਜਿਥੇ ਭੰਗ ਖੁਲੀ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਹੋਰ ਨਸ਼ੇ ਵੀ ਅਸਾਨੀ ਨਾਲ ਮਿਲ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਉਥੇ 2010 ਤੇ 2017 ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਭੰਗ ਦੇ ਨਸ਼ੇੜੀ ਢਾਈ ਗੁਣਾ ਹੋਏ ਤੇ 12-17 ਸਾਲ ਦੇ ਜੁਆਨਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਕੋਕੇਨ ਤੇ ਐਮ ਡੀ ਐਮ ਏ ਦੇ ਨਸ਼ੇੜੀ ਤਿੰਨ ਗੁਣਾ ਹੋ ਗਏ । ਬੈਲਜੀਅਮ ਨੇ ਮੁੜ ਰੋਕ ਲਗਾਈ ਹੈ ਕਿਉਂ ਜੋ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਭੰਗ ਦੇ ਨਸੇੜੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ 24 ਸਾਲ ਦੀ ਉਮਰ ‘ਤੇ ਅਤੇ ਹੈਰੋਇਨ ਦਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ 34 ਸਾਲ ਦੀ ਉਮਰ ਤੇ ਨਸ਼ਾ ਛਡਾਉਣ ਵੱਲ ਮੁੜਣਾ ਪੈਂਦਾ ਹੈ । ਨਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਦਾ ਹੱਲ ਨਸ਼ੇ ਖੁਲ੍ਹੇ ਕਰਨਾ ਜਾ ਕੇਵਲ ਤਕਨੀਕੀ ਤੇ ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਪ੍ਰਾਵਾਧਾਨ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਗੋਂ ਇੱਕ ਵਿਆਪਕ ਮੁਹਿੰਮ ਚਲਾ ਕੇ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਵਿਰੁੱਧ ਲਾਮਬੰਦੀ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ । ਡੈਪੋ ਮੁਹਿੰ ਨੂੰ ਲਾਮਬੰਦੀ ਬਣਾ ਕੇ ਸਿਆਸੀ ਤੇ ਪ੍ਰਸ਼ਾਸ਼ਨਿਕ ਵਚਨ ਵੱਧਤਾ ਨਾਲ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤੀ ਵੱਲ ਕਦਮ ਪੁਟੇ ਜਾ ਸਕਦੇ ਨੇ ।

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CM orders mandatory dope test for all govt. employees, including policemen
04.07.18 - TEAM PT
CM orders mandatory dope test for all govt. employees, including policemen



CHANDIGARH, JULY 4: Further tightening the noose around drug abuse, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has ordered mandatory dope test of all government employees, including police personnel, from the time of their recruitment through every stage of their service.
           
Amarinder has directed the Chief Secretary to work out the modalities and have the necessary notification issued in this regard.
           
According to an official spokesperson, the Chief Minister has ordered drug screening to be mandatorily done in all cases of recruitment and promotions, as well as the annual medical examination that certain employees are required to undergo in accordance with the nature of their duties.
           
Dope test would be made mandatory for all recruitment's as well as promotions to be made by various Punjab government departments, according to an official spokesperson. Further, dope test would also be made a mandatory part of the Annual Medical examination of all civilian/police employees of the Punjab government, wherever prescribed, he added.
           
The move is part of the series of initiatives taken by the Chief Minister over the last three days to eliminate the drug menace from Punjab.
           
The orders came on the day when the Chief Minister formally communicated his Cabinet’s recommendation to the Centre, seeking amendment to the NDPS Act to provide for death penalty for first-time offenders too.




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Amarinder writes to Rajnath, asks for death penalty to 1st time drug offenders
04.07.18 - TEAM PT
Amarinder writes to Rajnath, asks for death penalty to 1st time drug offenders



CHANDIGARH, JULY 4: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today made a strong recommendation to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for amending the existing laws to provide for death penalty for first-time drug smugglers and peddlers.
 
Taking forward his Cabinet’s decision on the issue, the Chief Minister has written a D.O letter to the Union Home Minister seeking urgent steps to initiate the process of amending the NDPS Act to provide for more deterrent punishment to drug offenders.
 
"Given the magnitude of the problem, which had been denied during the last many years, these enforcement measures though yielding results, need to be further strengthened. In this direction, it is felt that the existing drug prevention and control laws should be revisited to provide for more deterrent punishment to the offenders,” he wrote, citing the various measures already taken by his government to enforce the existing laws to prevent drug abuse as also to ensure rehabilitation and de-addiction of those who indulge in it. 
         
Needless to say, "the intensive action plan unfolded and executed by us during the last over a year has resulted in arrest of 18977 drug peddlers and treatment of more than 2 lakh drug victims,” he has pointed out. Giving further details, the Chief Minister said, that the state government has already initiated a mass awareness programme, namely the Drug Abuse Prevention Officers’ Prevention (DAPOs) Programme, which is aimed at effective participation of civil society in prevention of drug abuse in the State, the letter further reads.
         
In his letter, the Chief Minister has further pointed out that the existing Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, provides for death penalty for certain offences if these are committed for a second time. This means that a person can indulge in these nefarious activities and get away at least once, causing substantial damage to the youth and the society, he lamented.
         
His government felt that this should not be allowed to happen and even first-time offenders should be awarded death penalty for offences which are clearly elaborated in Section 31 A of the NDPS Act, 1985. "We have come to this conclusion after a comprehensive discussion and feel that resultant deterrence of provisions of death penalty in the Act ibid, will help us in effectively containing if not eliminating the drug peddlers and mafia operating not only in Punjab, but also in other parts of the Country,” he has written in his letter.
         
The Chief Minister apprised Rajnath about the magnitude of the drug problem in Punjab, noting that drug dealing and peddling has caused serious strains on the state’s human and economic resources. "These are being realized as major obstacles in the state’s socio-economic development,” he said, adding that "the menace of drugs is affecting the present generation of youth not only in Punjab, but also in the neighbouring states.” His government was fully committed to its eradication, he added.
         
The Chief Minister has urged the Home Minister to advise the concerned officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, to pursue the Punjab Government’s proposal to make the necessary amendment to the NDPS Act to save the youth and the society from the menace of drugs.




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KALA HAFTA – KOTLA CHAPPAKI KIHDI MAUT AAYE E
Death is the answer – From Govt in Punjab, Drug Peddler in Village, Lynch Mob in MP
03.07.18 - S Pal
Death is the answer – From Govt in Punjab, Drug Peddler in Village, Lynch Mob in MP



2015. A self-inspired people's movement raging on the streets of Punjab, and social media leading it from the forefront. Corpses on the road. Police fired into crowd. Angry mobs going all out to take into their own hands the complex task of applying institutional correctives.

"Death to the perpetrators!" — the demand from the street was rising like a crescendo. The Street was rising.

This was the winter of 2015. Sukhbir Singh Badal had advisors no less intelligent than those Captain Amarinder Singh employs. Anger was raging on the issue of sacrilege.

Bingo! They found a solution: it was lying in the Street. Death penalty to anyone found involved in sacrilege of scriptures. "Change the law!", "Death to the heretics!" was the chorus in the Cabinet meeting. 

Eventually, they amended Section 295 A in the IPC and provided for life imprisonment for this heinous crime. 
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The core of the social-media inspired campaign against drugs is potently pristine, just like heroin at its purest – End the drug menace in Punjab, catch the drug smugglers, do what it takes, but save the youth of Punjab.
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Punjab is in a rewind mode now.

2018. Corpses punctuate Punjab's streets, needles still stuck. Chitte De Virudh Kaala Hafta is on. Mobs are out. They are angry. The social media is doing its job, in the only way it knows: it is enhancing awareness, decimating complexity, insulting anyone with a nuanced position, and making enough noise to scare an apathetic regime.

The core of the social-media inspired campaign against drugs is potently pristine, just like heroin at its purest – End the drug menace in Punjab, catch the drug smugglers, do what it takes, but save the youth of Punjab.

Now, who can take exception to such loaded positive messaging, particularly when it harks back to the great country it was – the land of the Sikh gurus, the land of five rivers, the land of rich kisans, its six feet tall gabhrus, its tractors and combines, its panthic glow, and its core belief of Punjabiyan di shaan vakhri?

The noisy campaign seems to be succeeding at many fronts. It has scared the brave Captain's army of ministers, advisors, guardians of governance (It is a thing, believe me!), and future would-be-advisors journalists/bureaucrats/cops so much that the Cabinet has delivered what the street asked for: an immediate solution. The death penalty.

When a movement's highest point is the colour code of its leadership, it is destined to achieve something spectacular and ineffective, both at the same time. Spectacular, since that is the only thing which can satisfy the mob. Ineffective, because when a demand is shorn of all politics, this is what any solution would look like.

Welcome to Punjab in the summer of 2018. The government has joined the lynching mob. It wants to solve a deeply complex problem with the simplest of solutions history has thrown up at various times in different parts of the globe: Death to the traitors!

Regimes and policy formulation propelled by social media are compelled to finally fall to the depths plumbed by the medium.

In Madhya Pradesh, this is exactly how an angry mob solved its problem. It meted out death sentence, carried out in all honesty. Personally, on camera. Total transparency.

In Punjab, the government has given a sign to the angry mob baying for blood of someone it thinks, or might perceive, as being responsible for those deaths. "Those who sell Chitta deserve to die." There's no ambiguity about the messaging.

From here onwards, the crowd only has to decide if the system will actually deliver on its legislative promise. Since the past record is not very coruscating, and the mob is currently riding on a can-do spirit, it might as well do the job on its own.

After all, if it can catch people trying to sell Chitta in the village street, it can do the rest also.

It is equipped with weapons like deadly cell phone cameras, and a handy stick. The tip off, the chase, the nabbing, the questioning, the production of evidence in the form of that sachet retrieved from the pocket, the confession, the cross examination, the consultation among the crowd of highly inspired citizens, the debate on proportionate punitive action delivery, its actual apportioning, the justice dispensing machinery in action for anyone wanting to watch the glory of democracy in action at the corner of the street, and then the victim left behind, writhing in pain, bloodied, crying for mercy, or already dead. Sometimes intact, sometimes dismembered.

The government has made it clear that it wants to give death to anyone selling drugs. The mob is so ready to go with it, volunteering to do the honour itself.

When governance fails, institutional structures crumble, greed gnaws away at the moral core of politics and dimwits start mediating a self-inspired people's movement seeking correctives, trust irony to strike back.
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When a movement's highest point is the colour code of its leadership, it is destined to achieve something spectacular and ineffective, both at the same time.
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In Chandigarh's Sector 17, at a major protest hours before the Kaala Hafta Movement kicked in, some of its leading lights saw the mob in action. Pali Bhupinder, a playwright of minor repute and some problematic stances, conducted the proceedings. BJP's Vineet Joshi was present there, but many in the crowd objected to his presence. "If he is allowed to speak, then this will become BJP show," the crowd said. Someone as veteran as Dr Joginder Dayal of the CPI was also there, reduced to a silent spectator. "We will not allow any politician to speak," the crowd said. So, Prof Manjit Singh, that sociology professor-turned-AAP leader-turned-anti-Kejriwal voice spoke in the same vein: "All politicians are bad. Very bad." The crowd was willing to forget that he himself was a politician because Prof Manjit Singh was wearing the colour of the crowd: all black, with flowing white beard.

Attire, beard, headgear and hair styles undergo timely makeovers in keeping with contemporary politics.

The one underlying theme of that protest, as of the entire social media campaign, has been that it is a non-political campaign. "Gair Rajnitak," proclaim the handbills dished out by Pali and ilk.

In a television debate, Shabdeesh, the theatre activist dedicated to propagate Gursharan Bha'ji's work and voice and the prime force behind the progressive Suchetak Rangmanch, was at pains to underline that while he supports the social media campaign and was backing the Black Week Movement, he can't wrap his head around this mumbo-jumbo of non-political or apolitical nature of this campaign.

Then he made a point: our schools, colleges, universities are churning out a depoliticised generation. This divorced-from-social-reality generation is fed only on social media, consumes celebratory Punjabi singing ("Jashni gayaki," he said) and becomes fodder for exploitative politics and politician.

Oh boy! You poor Shabdeesh! Alone even in that crowd at Sector 17.

"Tomorrow, when pictures of this protest will be published, and people will see BJP's Vineet Joshi, it will become a BJP show. So he must be asked to go," many in the crowd demanded.

It was Sector 17. As far as I think, kisi ke baap ka abhi nahi hai chowk. The crowd was violating the fundamental right of a citizen to stand in the chowk and at the edge of a circle of people where any passerby can stand. And no one noticed it.

So, trust the leaders of the Kaala Hafta not to have noticed what happened just hours before the Punjab Cabinet decided that drug sellers will be given death penalty when they are caught and convicted the very first time.

On Friday, Punjab's top police brass met under the leadership of DGP Suresh Arora to discuss the ramifications of conducting elections for student unions in Punjab's colleges and universities. An overwhelming view of the police brass was that these elections were inadvisable and will lead to a spurt in crime. A majority of SSPs, as per a report by senior journalist Devinder Pal in the Punjabi Tribune on July 2, said it will also lead to more gangsterism in the state.

Is the Kala Hafta Movement leadership capable of connecting the dots? Where is the debate on the link between unemployment and drug addiction? Can they see the links between the all pervasive culture of drugs and depoliticised youth? Can they see the link between privatisation of higher education and the missing social and political discourse from our campuses? Can they see the link between poor condition of rural school infrastructure and the propensity of a young lad in Tarn Taran's Dhottian village to fall prey to the cheap drug available that gives him a momentary high?
 
Can they see the link between liquor emerging as a key revenue head and the culture of drugs? Do they have the capacity to fathom the inter-linkages between democratic institutional breakdowns and the rise of the lynch mobs, and what it does for drug dealers? Do they understand the opioid crisis in the United States and the movement there and the lessons we must draw before we reach that stage? Do they think the US has less stringent laws for drug dealers, or do they think the capacity of the NYPD to enforce its writ in the streets of Harlem is much less than that of the Punjab police or of the army of social media inspired cell phone video equipped activists?

Should those selling Chitta be caught? Of course, yes, immediately. And those who were guilty of not catching them so far must also be brought to book.

Should drug dealers be given exemplary punishments? Of course. 

These are all no brainers.
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The government has made it clear that it wants to give death to anyone selling drugs. The mob is so ready to go with it, volunteering to do the honour itself.
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The real issues will have a lot of cognitive dissonance. The experiments that the modern young generation will indulge in on the campuses. The antics of the fans of Breaking Bad. The brush with weed, grass or other agricultural produce not much liked by parents but tempered with some chemistry or Bob Marley. Someone will be selling them stuff. The governmental answer? Hang them.

A non-political movement cannot have the genetic disposition to challenge the failure of political parties and developmental model that has failed to give our younger generations the one thing that they require to live: a dream.

Just a few hours ago, the South Australian Government has taken a dramatic step against drugs: it has hiked penalties for marijuana possession. The country's Parliament will debate it this week. A new maximum prison sentence of two years — the same as drugs such as ecstasy or heroin attract — is also on the anvil.

Allowing drug-sniffing dogs into schools is also being discussed. They are also having a debate on putting a restricting on how many times one can have the opportunity to say, 'well, I'll have treatment."

Don't think that Australians do not know how to hang a person. It is just that they take a little more time than the Punjab Cabinet.

Last time when the Badal Cabinet had proposed death penalty, it had mirrored the worst example. Another Punjabi had also amended Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code to provide such a death penalty. That was General Zia-ul Haq, and he wanted to hang anyone desecrating the holy Quran. Pakistan is paying for it till date.

Desperation is dictating political strategies. Uninformed anger is writing the political script. And mob is pushing the legislation drafting exercise.

This is the mindset that makes it easier to accept that migrants should be turned away from borders, that babies should be snatched away from mothers at deportation centres.

This is the mindset that says mobs should check the meat in your fridge.

The Kala Hafta Movement will be a turning point if it prods Punjabis into engaging with the broad spectrum of the complex problem. 
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A non-political movement cannot have the genetic disposition to challenge the failure of political parties and developmental model that has failed to give our younger generations the one thing that they require to live: a dream.
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Yes, it starts by catching the fellow who sells Chitta, but then it also starts by questioning the fellow who was responsible for not running the government school properly in the village of the young man who was selling Chitta

You stop a culture of drugs by giving your young men and women a dream - a dream that they can change their fate.

They can do that by rebuilding politics.

They can also do that by lynching a drug peddler to death.

The Punjab government has cast a vote. The Kala Hafta Movement's capacity is known. Its leadership is on its way to meet the chief minister.

A non-political movement can only achieve such a meeting.

It also achieved something else. Baljit Singh of village Bachhoana, Manpreet Singh of village Tahlian, Rajinder Singh of Ubha and Jaspreet Singh of Anoopgarh, all committed suicide in the same district of Mansa in the first 48 hours of the Kala Hafta Movement. The news was pushed to the inside pages. The front page is these days reserved for drug deaths.

The links between agricultural crisis are beyond the pale of non-political movements, and cannot be addressed by death awarding legislation.
 

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"Congress Sikhan Di Dushman Jamaat Hai?” —Akalis need to dump broken record, shift gears

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

SARKAR IN MANALI: From Shahkot to Mohali Court, Sara Alam Bigrra Jaye

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

SIKHS & FEMINISTS – We hailed Harjit Sajjan; they didn’t hail Gina Haspel

AFTER BEING RAPED, I WAS WOUNDED; MY HONOUR WAS NOT

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WE MISSED A REVOLUTION, BUT CAN IT STILL BE A GAME CHANGER?

A POLITICIAN SPEAKS – YOU SHOULD HEAR

ENCOUNTER, JULOOS & SELFIES

SOWING ANGER - NO QUICK FIX - Democracy is an Empty Ritual in Punjab

OUT-OF-BOX SOLUTION TO STOP FARMERS' SUICIDES

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

'THORRI BAHUTI EHNA NU SHARAM AUNI CHAHEEDI HAI'

ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON SUICIDE-HIT BATS FOR AARHTIYAS

RANGROOT OFFERS A PEEK INTO PUNJAB'S TRAGEDY

WHAT MAKE NEWS IN INDIA, AND WHAT DOES NOT?

HITLER, MODI & GANDHI: ON THE SAME PAGE?

PUNJAB IS STILL VERY FAR FROM INDIA

APOLOGY – AKALIS BIG LOSER, CONG TOO 

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

SUPER EFFICIENCY ONBOARD CM’S CHOPPER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties: The Coordinated Silence of Amarinder Singh & Badals

PM MODI VINDICATES PUNJAB TODAY REPORTAGE

NEW DELHI V/S OTTAWA — WILL QUEBEC DEFEAT INDIA?        

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA - Trudeau came to Punjab, pushed Amarinder closer to BJP, then called him a liar

JASPAL ATWAL CONTROVERSY: Mr. Ujjal, will you throw some light on this too?   

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

J&K – RAM MADHAV LEAVES SPACE FOR MEHBOOBA’S POLITICS

SHEKHAR GUPTA'S HALF-BAKED TRUTHS 

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES - Karze Ne Layee Ikk Hor Kisan Di Jaan...

PNB Scam: Who is Nirav Choksi and what he is doing In the name of God?

Congress upset due to Priyanka’s cleavage on calendar 

RENUKA'S LAUGHTER: Thank you for your guffaws. We needed this non-violent weapon.

MR CLEAN to PAKKE DHEETH: How Punjab’s Congress hurt Brand Rahul Gandhi? 

MANJIT SINGH CALCUTTA– THE DISSENTER

PUNJAB FARMERS AND IPL CRICKETERS - Finally, they can stand like equals

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION. My teacher is not alive, but you please call it off!

SUKHBIR IS RIGHT – On 97th anniversary  Panth Khatre Vich Hai. Where does this threat come from?

THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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