ICSSR Study Says Political Leaders Involved in Drug Nexus, Need to Go After ‘Big Fish’
Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) has conducted a study that shows that not only are some political leaders patronizing drug smuggling but some leaders are also involved in the trade. The data has been collected between 2017 and 2022.
The study was carried out by Dr. Ranjit Singh Ghuman, Professor of Eminence, GNDU, Amritsar, along with Dr. Gurinder Kaur and Dr. Jatinder Singh. It is based on 3,386 addicts whose data was collected between 2017 and 2022. The main focus of the study is the state of Punjab but the data includes Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Jammu as well. Most of the addicts involved in the study were taking drugs from 2012-2017.
The objective of the study is to find out the socio-cultural and politico-economic dynamics of drug addiction other than liquor and tobacco. Dr. Ghuman spoke about the study titled ‘Dynamics of Drug Addiction and Abuse in India,’ and said, “The empirical part of the study dwells on the quantitative and qualitative data and information collected from 3,386 addicts. The primary data was collected from 950 addicts and their household members (950), 190 unidentified addicts, 616 controlled groups (households with no addict), 640 participants in 77 focus group discussions, and 40 case studies across the states.”