From Tradition to Troubles: Evaluating the Consumption of Opium as Social Practice in Western Rajasthan

Author(s): Jethu Bharti, Saba Parveen, Rajni Sahota and Ankush Sharma*


Drug consumption is not always associated solely with pleasure or intoxication; it can originate as a customary practice and evolve into a societal tradition over successive generations. In Rajasthan, particularly in its western region, drug consumption initially emerged as a commemorative practice during social gatherings, occasions, and celebrations. However, this practice has gradually transformed into a compulsory addictive issue, posing concerns for individuals and society as a whole. In this context, a case study of the prevalence of consumption of opium as part of social customs in Rajasthan is dealt. The aim is to understand the increasing addiction to opium and its association with social customs and stigma. The paper also addresses the concerns and challenges that arise from this phenomenon. To ascertain the usage and impact of opium abuse on society, both primary and secondary sources are utilized. The study also evaluates socio-political and legal initiatives undertaken by governments and civil society to address the issue. In conclusion, this paper puts forth recommendations to mitigate the problem of drug abuse.

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