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Drug info - Cocaine in India

Discussion in 'Cocaine & Crack' started by mopsie, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. mopsie

    mopsie Gold Member

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    Apr 14, 2005
    from Brazil
    Pubdate: Sat, 10 Jun 2006
    Source: Pioneer, The (India)

    If you wanna hang out you've got to take her out; cocaine. If you wanna get down, down on the ground; cocaine. She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie; cocaine...

    One score and five years ago, we would smoke ourselves silly on stuff slyly procured from Peter's joint off Park Street as Eric Clapton belted out his smash hit in the hostel common room. To suck on a reefer was as fashionable as wearing bellbottoms and dog collar, floral print shirts, a version of which is a rage this summer.

    But nobody would venture beyond Buddha sticks. Anything harsher than hemp was as much looked down upon as a cad who would kiss and tell. It's not that 20-somethings were not doing hard drugs a quarter of a century ago. Just that they flew around in an orbit of their own, a charmed circle to which entry was barred unless your wealth was in direct proportion to your lack of scruples.

    It's much the same today, too. The happening crowd that parties at the happening spots chills out on lifestyle drugs like cocaine, Ecstasy, LSD and heroin. The rich and the famous spend a fortune while chasing the big orgiastic and orgasmic high.

    Some months ago, I had written about a Delhi lad who told me that he gets off with his girlfriend after downing a cocktail of viagra and cocaine. "It's heady and the night never ends," the girl chipped in her tupenny bit. Saturday nights cost a packet, but that's ok since daddy foots the bill.

    The rich and the famous who are the toast of the Page 3 circuit, like fashion designer Prasad Bidappa who was picked up by cops in Dubai for possessing drugs and then rescued by the Government of India or actor Fardeen Khan who was arrested on a cocaine charge but has for all practical purposes escaped punishment, are flush with cash earned any which way.

    Recreational sniffing and snorting is as much a part of their daily routine as brushing your teeth. They sustain the underworld economy of hard drugs in India whose turnover runs into hundreds of crores of rupees. Lured by the emerging market, a police official says, "South American and Chinese drug cartels have increased their cocaine trafficking in both Mumbai and Delhi."

    A recent UN Office on Drugs and Crime report paints a grim picture of increasing drug abuse and addiction in India. With Afghanistan producing heroin worth more than a billion dollars a year and Myanmar determined not to lag behind, this assessment is not surprising.

    While the spurt in the demand for cocaine, heroin and other derivatives in our cities may be of recent vintage, archival records show that apart from widespread consumption of opium and ganja, there have been cocaine addicts in India since the 19th century.

    A 1951 study in the archives of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime provides an interesting detail: "Habitual use of cocaine started quite accidentally three-quarters of a century ago in Bihar State. In spite of severe restrictions imposed on the importation, possession and sale of this drug by the Government of India, the habit spread from Calcutta along two main railway routes to Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, the Punjab, and to the north-western frontier ( now in Pakistan ). From Bombay, it spread to other large towns in that state, such as Surat and Ahmadabad."

    We know that Arab traders brought opium to India in the early middle ages. But how did cocaine, a derivative of the coca leaf, arrive at our shores? A chronicler of the history of cocaine says, "Royal Kew Gardens... began a crash programme of coca research and colonial botanical experiments in India, Ceylon and elsewhere." Was this the source of the first vial in India?

    Never mind the truth. We can always blame the British for our cocaine problem, too. And pretend all's fine with our society, especially its creamy layer.
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  2. mopsie

    mopsie Gold Member

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    Apr 14, 2005
    from Brazil
    Pubdate: Sun, 11 Jun 2006
    Source: Sunday Telegraph (UK)

    A charismatic politician, touted as a future prime minister, is gunned down by his brother in a jealous rage.

    On the way to immerse the leader's ashes in a sacred river, his playboy son stops at a party where he and a friend snort cocaine and heroin. The cocktail kills the friend and leaves the playboy facing a lengthy jail term.

    It sounds like the stuff of Bollywood, but this is the real-life fall from grace of Rahal Mahajan, the 31-year-old son of the late Pramod Mahajan of the Bharatiya Janata Party, India's leading opposition group.

    While his father's murder last month was in many ways the staple fare of India's turbulent political scene, his own hedonistic private life has exposed the burgeoning drug abuse among the country's young elite.

    Commonly known as "namak", the Hindi term for salt, cocaine use has been a popular but highly secret indulgence among businessmen, Bollywood stars and the idle offspring of the rich.

    It took the death of Mr Mahajan's friend Bibek Moitra, after a party in New Delhi, to expose the extent to which it has grown along with the country's increasing affluence. Mr Moitra, 39, was also Pramod Mahajan's former secretary.

    Rahal Mahajan, whose uncle allegedly gunned down his father in a family feud, was discharged from hospital on Tuesday after spending several days in intensive care.

    He was then arrested and now faces prosecution for illegally possessing and distributing drugs, an offence which can carry up to 10 years in jail.

    His extravagant lifestyle appears typical of a new generation of wealthy young in India: he dabbled in film-making and a few other careers, and developed a taste for drugs.

    The disapproving Indian media have speculated that many wealthy drug users believe that family connections will save them.

    "The rich won't stop because they don't fear the law. They can pull strings," said Suhel Seth, an advertising executive. "We need to enforce strict penalties and make examples of some people to deter others."

    Last week, Apollo hospital stated that no drugs had been found in Mr Mahajan's blood sample, only to backtrack when independent tests proved otherwise. Police are investigating whether the hospital tried to protect Mr Mahajan.

    The Bombay film director, Vinta Nanda, says that cocaine snorting is routine on the city's cocktail circuit. "It's everywhere. Everyone is doing it.

    It's at every party. People think it's fashionable and trendy," she said. Cocaine, at rupees ( UKP ) a gram, and ecstasy are the drugs of choice.

    For traditionalists, the combination of increased drug use and greater sexual promiscuity is yet another sign that India is sinking into "Western debauchery".

    Many fear for the future of the country's biggest asset - its large population of educated young adults, for whom new jobs in India's booming IT sector have brought undreamt-of wealth.

    "Society is losing its cultural moorings as external influences intrude. Drugs have greater social acceptability than before, and parental authority over the young is weakening," said Samir Parekh, a psychiatrist at Max Healthcare hospital in New Delhi.

    In the farmhouses of the rich on the outskirts of Delhi, weekend parties typically start with heavy drinking and good food. Later in the evening, a dealer will be contacted by telephone and code words used to order "namak".

    "After snorting it, everyone is energised, lively, exuberant," said Rati Kapoor, a wealthy student who is a regular on the party circuit.

    "Then people start pulling the chairs and tables back and dancing. The cocaine injects a new lease of life and it goes on till 3 or 4 am." Drugs were also leading to a loosening of morals in other areas, Miss Kapoor added.

    Many of those who indulged at parties would then disappear for casual sex - something unheard of among previous generations.

    But, while publicity surrounding the case may have uncovered a hidden world, it seems to have done nothing to curtail it. Last week Bombay police seized a 200kg consignment of cocaine at the city's port - Asia's largest single drug haul.
  3. Benga

    Benga Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Aug 15, 2005
    from japan
    well it's true that cocaine was successfully grown in Java and Ceylon, the coca strain imported by the British for (medicinal) cocaine production, from the Kew garden shrubs which produced very little cocaine.
    I wonder if this is what is really behind cocaine in India, I had heard dealers offering "cocaine" in India and Nepal but always assumed they were selling some kind of amphetamine derivative.
    makes me wonder if cocaine production still exists in Ceylon and reaches the illegal market or wether this Indian cocaine is just one of the new asian markets opened by the south american cartels....
  4. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member Administrator

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    Jan 14, 2003
    117 y/o from The Netherlands
    Here's an alternative theory: Synthetic cocaine. India and Pakistan have benefited a lot from their counterfit medicines factories. IMO it's a small step from illegally producing medicines to producing illegal drugs.

    But if I had to place a bet, I'd go for the colombians or the ci-a.