Good start to People’s Walk Against Drugs led Khushwant Singh - Day 1
New Chandigarh, December 10, 2023:
The People’s Walk Against Drugs commenced from New Chandigarh, and the first phase concluded at Civil Hospital, Kurali. There was no elaborate flag-off ceremony; instead, a simple Ardaas was performed, accompanied by homemade Prasad, offered to all participants supporting this anti-drug mission. Lead and initiated by prominnet book author and horticulturist Khushwant Singh,Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including actors, artists, dancers, doctors, marathon runners, army veterans, and friends and family, turned out in significant numbers to back the 90 km walk, scheduled to culminate at Khatkar Kalan in Nawanshahr district on December 15th.
Khushwant Singh said, " At Civil Hospital, Kurali, during interactions with people of all age groups, I realized the need for healing. The message on the first day emphasized that parents serve as the mini-government, with the home as the primary unit. Therefore, parents must closely monitor their children, especially those aged 13 to 18, observing their social circles and any behavioral changes. Vigilant parenting at home can potentially save many young lives from falling into drug addiction."
Another crucial point discussed was that Punjab was never meant to be a consumer of drugs. Historically known for its agriculture, hard work, bravery, and honor, the intrusion of drugs seemed contradictory. People agreed with this perspective, displaying determination to combat this menace. However, a sense of helplessness was palpable among youngsters as they absorbed these talking points. It felt like no one had reached out to them before, beyond the political speeches with preconditions.
"This realization has fueled my determination for the second day of the walk on Monday. Healing is necessary, and reaching out to people is crucial. I hope that the six days of this initiative can make a meaningful impact" concluded Khushawant Singh.