The drug monster

The recent reports about the growing menace of drug addiction in Kashmir are horrible. It really snatches my sleep as a conscious Kashmiri to see my birthplace witnessing such a terrible condition. I have spent most of my life outside Kashmir, but I have never been out of touch with my motherland as I love it and care for it. As a doctor who has been dealing with patients all his life, I find no pain worse than the pain of restlessness. But we can cure that restlessness through moral, ethical and religious education. We must impart such training to our children so that they don’t fall into the trap in the later state of their life.

We have a role to play at individual and at collective level. As teachers, as parents, as social activists, as media persons and as doctors as well – we can’t afford to neglect our duties towards our people and our society. Now that the problem is here, we have to find a cure to it. We have diagnosed the infection, let’s now try to treat it. The treatment is not only medical, the treatment is spiritual too. Why as parents we don’t become friends of our children so that they don’t feel a sense of absence? Why our material ambitions take us away from our social life? Why don’t find time to attend to our family as responsible caretakers? Unless we find reasonable answers to these questions we are not going to come out of the mess we are in.

Right now I feel deeply pained and disturbed as whichever part of the world I am in, my heart and soul is in Kashmir. I care for my children, for my fellow beings, for my friends, relatives and neighbours. Why should our mother Kasheer get a bad name in the rest of the world. We have been known for all good reasons. We are warm, generous, peace-loving and care-giving, but this menace of drug addiction has spoiled our image.

Nip the evil in the bud. See those who are selling it, peddling it and luring these young boys and girls. Boys for boys, even some reports suggest that girls too are involved and that is the most horrendous part of the story. We have to learn to be responsible as the situation is really very alarming. As doctor I don’t have a prescription that will cure the disease overnight. It’s a long-drawn process of cure which all of us have to take in hand. I am a strong believer in the power of hope. Even if the condition is not that good, but I hope that due to our joint efforts, the situation will change. Let’s pray and hope that we are out of this agony. Sooner the better.