Jalandhar: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and poet Kumar Vishwas has written and composed a video ‘Nasha’ on the drug abuse problem in Punjab but does not have clue about the extent of the drug addiction the state. He agreed that the video was based purely on verbal feedback and he himself has not ventured into Punjab villages to see for himself the extent of drug addiction in the state, something that makes the video nothing more than a vote pulling tactic ahead of the elections.
Kumar Vishwas along with Delhi Chief Minister and AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal would be releasing the video with lyrics ‘Chad de pudiya Jatta, teri gudiya kare pukar’ on May 8 at Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi.
Talking to Daily Post from Delhi over the phone, Kumar Vishwas said that the AAP leadership has not conducted any survey on the drugs abuse problem, nor had it compared the extent of drug abuse in the state with any other neighbouring state like Rajasthan (where opium vends were legal not so long back) or Haryana. “However, the video was based on the general feedback and the troubles faced by the affected youth, their families and the society”, he said.
When asked that whether the AAP leadership has made a blueprint to control drug menace in the state, Kumar Vishwas said that under the ongoing ‘Punjab Dialogue’ programme, feedback was being gathered from the affected families to control this problem. “Within the stipulated time period, a blueprint to control drugs problem in the state would be made”, he said.
Further talking about the video, Vishwas said that AAP leadership would first release the video in Delhi and in the second phase, it would be released in Punjab. The video has been made by a Canada based doctor Anmol Kapoor who was running a rehabilitation centre too. “We would promote the video through social media- Facebook, Twitter, Whats App and Youtube while the earnings out of this video would be spent on the drugs addicts. But”, he said.
The AAP leader also said that a section of Punjabi singers in the state were also responsible for glorifying ‘drugs abuse’ among the youth. “Songs like ‘Char Bottle Vodka’, ‘Patiala Peg’, ‘Sutta’ and others were attracting the youth towards drug abuse. However, the Nasha video was made to create awareness to wean away youth from drugs”, he said.
Nasha- the video, which sounds more like a ploy to exploit the fears of the population on the drugs front, was shot in parts of Moga and Nabha, where a girl has been shown witnessing her mother being thrashed by her drug addict father seeking money for drugs. The mother was shown pleading with the father that they don’t have any money to even purchase clothes for their daughter. Kumar Vishwas said that he has read renowned Punjabi poets Surjit Patar, Shiv Kumar Batalvi and Bulle Shah following which he knew little Punjabi and made the video.
On the upcoming Bollywood film ‘Udta Punjab’ trailer, on which the Akali leaders took strong objection, Kumar Vishwas said, “Had Punjab been a prosperous state, the films would have been like ‘Hasta Punjab’, ‘Khelta Punjab’ but because the state was witnessing drugs issue, the film was made ‘Udta Punjab’. A two and half hour film alone cannot defame a state like Punjab, rather it was the drugs abuse problem, which brought a bad name”, he added. Interestingly, the ‘Udta Punjab’ trailer pegs the rate of drug addiction in the state as high as 70 per cent, a claim that has its roots in purr fantasy stretching into the realm of absurd.
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