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Tripura school teacher makes Ganesh idol with syringes to create awareness on drugs

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Agartala, Sept 16: Samiran Dey, a government school teacher in Tripura, is extremely busy these days in making an idol of Ganesh for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival, and just like previous years his idol will have a social message.

For the last 25 years, Samiran Dey has been making idols of gods and goddess and every time he has tried to give social messages through his works. This time, Dey is making a Ganesh idol with syringes where Lord Ganesh is seen holding syringes. He has also written a line on the idol that reads: ‘Say No to Drugs’.

Tripura school teacher makes Ganesh idol with syringes to create awareness on drugs

“I’ve been associated with idol making for the last 25 years. Every time, I want to give some social message through my work. This time I have decided to give the social message on the ill effects of drugs among young generation. It has been seen that many young people are spoiling their future after they get trapped in drug addiction. Through my work I want to generate awareness among the young generation,” Dey said.

Stating that every day youth are killing themselves because of the drug addition, he said, “The young people should know how drugs has been affecting their lives and the society. It has also been seen that if anyone in a family has been consuming drugs, the whole family has to suffer. I’ve chosen this social message ‘Say No to Drugs’ to create awareness particular among the youths because youths are the future of tomorrow.”

Tripura school teacher makes Ganesh idol with syringes to create awareness on drugs

India has seen a 70 percent rise in narcotic consumption in the past eight years, with around 100 million substance addicts in the country.

Tripura chief minister Dr Manik Saha recently told media persons that a total of 2,131 people were arrested in connection with cases related to Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) in three years in the state.

Rising drug abuse in India has also been cited as one of the reasons for the increase in crime rate.

Registered violent crime, including rape, kidnapping, crimes against children, murder and robberies increased again in 2021 – the true number of which is believed to be much greater as many crimes go unreported.

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