In an endeavor to make India Drug-free a Nation-wide ‘Drug Free India’ campaign was successfully launched at Chandigarh University by the founder of Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Governor of Punjab, V.P Singh Badnore, Actor Sanjay Dutt, Singers Gurdas Maan and Badshah and comedian Kapil Sharma addressed 30,000 students at Chandigarh University campus Gharuan to pledge against Drug with the salutation ‘Drugs Na Karege, na Karne Denge’. The campaign has been firmly supported by the Bollywood fraternity including Aamir Khan, Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar, Sonakshi Sinha and Parineeti Chopra.
“The campaign seeks to spread amongst the youth all across the country and over 12,000 Indian school, colleges and universities with around 1 crore students have signed up to connect via live webcast during the 2-day campaign. Our worthy Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has supported the cause via a Tweet” said the spiritual Guru, Shri Shri Ravi Shankar. Indian youth needs guidance in all the aspects of life either it be career guidance or ill practices like drug addiction. Youngsters who are grasped within the drug menace should be de-addicted and should be made understand that drugs can never be a solution to depression or a bad phase, he added.
Governor of Punjab, V.P Singh Badnore said “Just in a manner that Punjab recovered from terrorism few years back the state will fight and recover from a similar cause which is the addiction of drugs”. Actor Sanjay Dutt shared his own drug story with the students and encouraged them to choose a path which is drug free and spiritual. While expressing his views on addiction, comedian Kapil Sharma said “Creativity in your work has to be an addiction in itself which should be further utilized in your career path”. Punjabi and Bollywood Rapper Badshah encouraged the students to get addicted to their passion and should make it their focus of concern. He said, “It’s heart-wrenching to see 70% of Punjab Youth being associated with such ill practices”.
“The sacred land of Gharuan has always been a powerful symbol in the history and today, it is again proving its worth with the launching of a socially significant Nation-wide campaign” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University.