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...Not surprisingly, his very first decision as CM was to set up a special task force (STF) to crack down on drug trade in the border state. Though the state government’s resolve to fight the menace may appear new, the war on drugs is not — not for Punjab, not for the world. Several countries have been fighting this battle with different degrees of success depending on their approach and commitment. So there are lessons to be learnt, the leading one being that it’s not a problem you can end in four weeks or even four months. Subject experts are happy that at least Amarinder government has not launched the kind of crackdown the state had seen in the past couple of years. After Punjab’s drug problem became a major issue in the 2014 general elections, then deputy CM Sukhbir Badal had announced state-wide action in May. ...TOI on April 27, 2017, 4:13 p.m.