Intoxicating songs: For years now the debate over some Punjabi songs promoting drugs and gun culture has been going on. Society in Punjab has been under excessive pressure to put a clamp on such songs but to no avail.Now the police has stepped in and have decided that action against those promoting drugs and gun culture will be taken. It has been learnt that the police will also start an awareness drive against such songs. Additional Director General of Police (Law and order) Rohit Chaudhary had sometime ago told media that while the Punjabi culture do not glorify violence, some Punjabi singers were coming out with such numbers promoting intoxicants and guns.
He had stated that youngsters should avoid listening to these kinds of songs. “The police department will also appeal to Punjabi singers not to come out with such songs” Chaudhary had said. Be it popular Punjabi singers like Gurdas Mann, Jazzy B, or the likes of Resham Anmol, Jass Dhaliwal, Sarthi K or Gurjit, everybody has sung songs about liquor, opium and heroin.
Gurdas Mann’s has sung a popular number ‘Kar di Sharab hoae’ that received enormous response on social media. Jazzy B in his Feem ‘opium’ album compares looking into a woman’s eyes to using opium.Interestingly a research by a team of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) last year had concluded that majority of Punjabi songs related to drugs.
The team studied 50 Punjabi songs each that 200 students between the age of 18 and 25 heard and said that youths in the state have a high propensity towards committing violence and engaging in drug abuse.The researchers found that of the 50, the minimum number of songs on a USB that related to drugs and violence was 10 while the maximum was all 50. The study also found that individuals who listened most frequently to the violent and drug-related songs had a negative attitude towards women, high propensity to commit violence and high intent to engage in drug use.
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