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A brief history of the pleasure plant opium [Image: A poppy field with capsules/bbc.com]
A brief history of the pleasure plant opium [Image: A poppy field with capsules/bbc.com]
30 Nov 2020 MP3

This week’s program presented a brief history of the pleasure plant opium. Opium was known to have medicinal properties from about 3500 BC in Sumeria. Later that knowledge spread to Europe and then to India and China. The East India Company controlled the production of opium in our subcontinent and set up a very profitable triangular trade route between India, China and the UK. The effects of that trade are still with us today. The songs played in this week’s program were by Kanak Chapa, Shahnaz Beli, Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya and Nabonita Ray. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

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