1. Opium: An Old Story
Opium or doda or phukki, as it is traditionally known, has been consumed by farmers and farm workers in Punjab as also many other parts of India for decades. It’s essentially opium husk – the leftover husk of the opium plant once the milk has been extracted.
At least one-third of the rural population consumes opium in Punjab. To put it in perspective, opium consumption among the rural population is a bit like the urban concept of a customary two drinks after a hard day’s work. It may not be great for you, but will not do you much harm, right? Plus, the daily doze of opium used to cost Rs 30-40 – light on the pocket.