The Narcotics Control Bureau is seemingly tightening the screws. It continues to probe the middlemen and others of the Hindi film industry in the drug probe. Going by the trends, the investigating agencies are serious about catching the big fish this time.
Journalist Aarti Tikoo Singh gives the geopolitical context. "India is sandwiched between the world’s two largest illicit opium production regions, the Golden Crescent and the Golden Triangle of opium. Pakistan Army and its brother in arms, the Taliban, fund a large part of their terror business with the revenue from drug trafficking," she tweets. "Backed by Pakistan, the Taliban expanded its financial power in the last 20 years through increased profits from the illicit drug trade and other means. It earned a staggering $1.6 billion in 2019-20. Who paid the Taliban? Drug users in India from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab to Bollywood."