Rave parties, drug abuse, addiction & all that…

I wanted to write this as a comment to Article that Yogesh posted earlier – Baba’s article on the rave parties and addiction; but realized that it was becoming way too big & I needed to give some references as well – so decided to write it as another post – probably an extension to that earlier post itself.

TOI has got some of weirdest views on few controversial subjects. There is a good article in the Pune Westside Plus supplement with TOI today, here is the article – It was the biggest mistake of my life I think we need to take a bit more balanced view in all this. Whereas TOI takes shocking “It’s no big deal” sort of stand, most Marathi newspapers have reported this as illegal party with drug abusers. This article and few more articles about this rave party made me realize again how powerful media could be in forming public opinions. It is whole paradigm shift about how you view the people who attended this party – whether you see them as “Victims” or “Criminals”. I personally think the crowd has to be combination of both. There must be few people out there who wanted to enjoy party with lots of crowd, loud music and some booze (Ideas of enjoying could differ – and it’s ridiculous to say that youngsters should *only* devote their spare time to creative pursuits!). It would be naive & probably unfair to label all of them as “criminals”, some of could be “victims” as well!! Likewise, it would be silly to call all of them as “victims” and TOI’s article calling this as “moral policing” is annoying to put it mildly – especially when they mention about drugs like ‘marijuana’ (and many others maybe?) in that report itself!

Of course, party organizers and people who made those drugs available should be punished without mercy – though I am skeptical if it would actually happen given the nexus these people could have!

It reminds me of the movie called ‘Ek ruka hua faisla‘ and how people judge the event & person based on their own prejudices (without consciously realizing it) without really knowing the facts. I do not know a single person who visited that party – so no inside news here but I think it would be sensible for us to balance our perception of this between “victims” & “criminals”!

There are more serious questions arising from this though, and I wonder if we would do anything to find solutions to these real questions instead of finding quick but ineffective answers!

Real questions would be –

What is definition of “enjoyment”? How can “substance abuse” solve any problem that essentially has its roots in the thought process?? Will it make more sense to take this “de-addiction” movement that Baba & Muktangan have been devoted to a step further to “prevention is better than cure” step and conduct some counselling sessions proactively in BPOs, call centers and such places?? Moreover, it will be better if such sessions are conducted in Hindi/English because many of the participants would be non-Marathi people – and they are the ones who are away from their homes & family – perhaps more lonely, frustrated and depressed than we realize or they themselves would understand or admit. They have their own set of problems and feel handicapped due language barriers and “alienating” attitude that some natives show. It is critical that awareness is spread about these issues effectively in places where it is needed badly.

Firing an employee whose name was in the list could be a quick but ineffective answer. That reminds me – Why girls’ names were excluded here???? They were not brought there against their wish! One visit to the happening places in metros and cities like Pune – and you’d know they are every bit as reckless & abusive (not necessarily verbally) as guys are! Anyway! How would it educate future employees about its ill effects & probable inevitable path leading from curiosity/experimentation to addiction — or even HIV infection. (Nah, public memory is short!) It would be much more sensible if these companies facilitate such seminars & counseling sessions for their employees. Counseling to their employees to help them learn how to deal with their own complexes, disappointments & frustrations. Helping them to learn acceptance & tolerance. And corporate parties could get healthier as well – by allowing the participants to contribute with their own little, often insignificant talents, without ridiculing them about their accents, background or whatever.

It would be nice we could do something proactively to prevent addiction & future drug addicts. “Substance Abuse” is not a solution – but apparently it’s not obvious to most people – and there could be several other reasons as well. But counseling does help – at various level to solve individual problems. If Baba/Muktangan are willing to take such steps as preventive measures & spreading awareness, I’d love to be part of it – and I think may would people can help in this!!

This is one very nice quote by J. Krishnamurthi –

How anxious we are to find an answer to our problems! We are so eager to find an answer that we cannot study the problem; it prevents our silent observation of the problem. The problem is the important thing, and not the answer. If we look for an answer, we will find it; but the problem will persist, for the answer is irrelevant to the problem.

Let’s hope that the problem is understood properly – so we can work for its solution, and not just transient answers!!

Posted earlier on Anil Awachat blog


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