EDITORIAL


Cardinal Human Principles

In response to a written question, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said in the Lok Sabha that Narcotics Control Bureau Mumbai zonal unit have on August 28, arrested 10 persons and seized drugs viz. Ganja, Hashish, Tetra Hydro Cannabinol and Lysergic acid De-ethylamide. During course of a debate in the Lok Sabha on September 15, former actor and presently MP, Jaya Bacchan mentioned that the Indian entertainment industry provides direct employment to 5 lakh people daily and indirect employment to 5 million people.

This may well be so. With annual revenue of 19,100 crores in 2019 and as one of the largest cinema hubs in the world, the Indian film industry is renowned for its vibrancy and drama. Mumbai previously Bombay, is especially relevant in this context as the birthplace and
namesake of “Bollywood” whose cinema rules the roost when it comes to net worth, yet thereare many other film h ubs across the country producing regional language cinema; Bengali,Telugu, Marathi and Bhojpuri among others.

But  there is a dark under belly to all this glitz and glamour. It is an open secret widely reported that Bollywood has over the years been supported by ill gotten money from various immoral quarters e.g. smugglers, extortionists, drug cartels et al. The latter has made insidious in-roads to affect prominent stars, and that the authorities have turned a blind eye to such activities. And as the investigations into the death of young actor Sushant Singh Rajput have revealed that because of the huge amount of money involved, it willy-nilly appears to have the protection of politicians in power and by consequence the police.

Prout's founder Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar said, “If one takes hashish, opium, wine etc., one's nerves will become weak, causing drowsiness and eventually senselessness. Another category of drugs causes excessive excitement in people, making them rant and rave uncontrollably. As a result, they lose the capacity to discriminate between good and bad”. This is precisely the reason attributed to the loss of lives of young successful actors in the past. Added to this is vanity which is also a kind of drug that may make people lose their common sense. The senior actors who have reached positions of acclaim feel threatened; vanity makes them suppress aspiring new talent. This reflects a classic case in the words of Shrii Sarkar “The privileged classes invariably think of their own comforts. They infuse the poorer sections of society with inferiority complexes in order to exploit them, and then force them to become their obedient servants”. This is what's happening in the film industry – either fall in line or step out of the way – all due to the money power of drug cartels. But eventually people will revolt against such exploitation because it goes against human psychology. Same will happen in the film industry which will wipe out the menace of drugs from there and also rest of the world.

Shrii Sarkar also adds, “Rational people should not accept anything which goes against and is ultravires to cardinal human principles. Naturally a spiritual aspirant should not take drugs. It is against the very idea of spirituality as it weakens one's control over mind and body”.

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