Censorship won’t solve Punjab’s drug problem
The drug trade's political links make it particularly difficult to destroy
The Udta Punjab debacle is an object lesson in responsibility avoidance. The free speech versus censorship issue aside—this paper has advocated doing away with the Central Board of Film Certification’s censorship role as per the Shyam Benegal committee’s recommendations—the politicization of the issue has been absurd even for a poll-bound state. Punjab’s drug problem is a very real one. The incumbent parties criticizing the film’s attempt to address it as defamation will not wish the issue away.