LETTERS TO URI

Kunal Kishore

The renowned and accomplished author Erica Jong was perhaps imagining a character like Subhi when she penned the quote “Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads” … After a brief pause, that’s the first thought I had when requested to share my thoughts of working with Subhi. It’s been less than a year since I have known Subhi and URI who she very proudly represents. Her energy, enthusiasm and conviction is praiseworthy and she stands out because of her abilities to not accept status quo. Engaging the development sector and the international community at large on issues concerning the specially marginalized segments of the society i.e., drug users and advocating for their health and human rights remains a major challenge. Perhaps the problem becomes more complex when linked with key sectors like security, finance and organized crime which invites criminal sanctions on people who are affected and afflicted by to drug use. Clearly this is where Subhi has contributed in helping us think on the role of the faith community. Infact over the last year, with the support from URI; Alliance India is developing niche for harnessing the opportunities of the faith community to promote better understanding, awareness and consensus in societies and within government systems for a humane and public health based approach to deal with drug use. It was Subhi’s meticulous planning and coordination that helped mobilize and convene some of the tallest faith leaders in the country along with the United Nations in Delhi on October 10, 2019. This meeting set the tone for a long term partnership with the faith community on the “drug control” agenda and we are now working on developing operational tools that will help mobilize and build the capacities of the faith communities. The experiences gathered are expected to inform similar efforts in 7 Asian countries where Alliance India is currently implementing projects.”
Kunal Kishore
Associate Director, Drug Use & Harm Reduction