A History of Intoxication: Opium in Assam, 1800-1959
This book is an attempt to unearth a critical relationship between a crucial lever of colonialism in Asia and a frontier province full of tea gardens and vast fields of opium poppy. The book analyses in a comprehensive manner the pattern of opium consumption in colonial Assam within an imperialism-centred paradigm. The present volume is premised on explaining several queries that revolve around the emerging pattern of consumption of opium in colonial Assam and the creation of drug-dependency in a social context. It analyses in a comprehensive manner the competing forces of the empire which played a key role in the production and distribution of opium; national politics alongside international drug diplomacy and how these together shaped the discourse of opium in Assam; the wider implications of opium production and consumption in the agrarian economy and the narrative of the nationalist critique of intoxication.