Thought J&K drug problem isn’t big? Read this


Jammu, Sept 16: The drug problem in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is real and now. Not a single day goes by when drug peddlers are not caught and almost all the drugs are seized from them ranging from the cheapest drugs such a Bhukki (Poppy) to the more  expensive ones such as Cocaine.

A three-day World Summit on Ethics and Leadership in Sports in Switzerland is to begin today which would also be covering issues such as channelising the J&K youth addicted to drugs, impact of the prevailing turmoil on the Valley youth and devising ways to strengthen the sports infrastructure.

The summit will be held at the Federation Internationale de Football Association (French) or International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Headquarters in Zurich (Switzerland) and has been organized by the Brussels-based World Forum for Ethics in Business in collaboration with the International Association for Human Values and Swiss-based Marti Communications.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, will represent India in the summit to discuss the rising incidence of drug consumption, governance issues and issue of ethics in competitive sports.

Art of Living state spokesperson from Jammu and Kashmir has said that the rising drug abuse problem in Jammu and Kashmir is going to be a part of the summit along with a growing inclination for gun culture in certain parts of the state.

“Our talented sportspersons too deserve better sports infrastructure to compete at the higher levels. In fact, maximum involvement of youth in sports would play an important role in deviating them from drug addiction and violence,” he maintained.

“The negative impact of the prevailing unrest in the Kashmir Valley on the youth who have not gone to schools, colleges since months is also likely to be taken up for discussion,” he added.

“If the sports organisations take an active role in peace-building initiatives around the world, then the youths who are taking to guns in search of some heaven can perhaps drop the gun and take up football or for that matter any other sport,” a statement of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said.

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