Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

Carmakers rev up for Paris Motor Show

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Paris Motor Show gets into gear

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Between darkness and fear: Bombs rain down in Aleppo

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Shimon Peres: From Hawk to Dove

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Shimon Peres, 'a man of many faces'

Read more

THE DEBATE

The Legacy of Shimon Peres: The last of Israel's founding generation (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

The Legacy of Shimon Peres: What's left of the Oslo Accords? (part 2)

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Ex-CIA director 'very worried' by prospect of Trump presidency

Read more

FACE-OFF

Migrant crisis: A political football in France?

Read more

An in-depth report by our senior reporters and team of correspondents from around the world. Every Saturday at 9.10 pm Paris time. And you can watch it online as early as Friday.

REPORTERS

REPORTERS

Latest update : 2012-01-23

The Himalayas: cannabis valley

Hidden in the Himalayas, Parvati valley produces some of the purest hashish in the world. But it is now being targeted by the authorities. In this land where cannabis is king, two France 24 journalists accompanied the police on their raids against the drug traffickers and growers in the Manali region of northern India. This is their exclusive report.

It is the world’s most widely produced and consumed illegal substance. In its various forms, cannabis is used by more than 200 million people in almost every country on the planet. For decades, authorities in cultivator countries such as Morocco, Mexico and India have struggled to keep its production and export in check. They’ve often been thwarted by the inaccessibility of production centres - as is the case in the Indian Himalayas, where high-altitude hillsides have long been used by traffickers to produce some of the world’s most potent, and purest, cannabis resin or hashish.

For the first time, however, Indian police have decided to launch an ambitious operation that will take them right to the doorsteps of the traffickers, to targets once considered too far and too risky. Two France 24 journalists accompanied them on the journey, and stayed on to see how the illicit drug trade has transformed a once isolated Himalayan valley.

By Vikram Singh , Constantin SIMON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2016-09-23 Burma

Video: In Burma, ex-political prisoners struggle to return to normal life

During a half-century of dictatorship, nearly 10,000 Burmese citizens were imprisoned for their political views. Almost all of these political prisoners suffered physical and...

Read more

2016-09-15 football

Video: African football players dream of kickstarting career in Asia

Southeast Asia is awash with football fever. New leagues and new teams are springing up everywhere - even in countries where the sport was until recently a minority pastime. To...

Read more

2016-09-08 Niger

Video: Niger’s Agadez, gateway to exile

Agadez, the largest city in central Niger, has become one of the main transit points for illegal migrants from West Africa who dream of Europe. We bring you an exceptional...

Read more

2016-09-02 India

Video: In Indian Ocean, Jarawa tribe risks dying out

For their own protection, you are not allowed to meet them. For tens of thousands of years, the Jarawa have been self-sufficient hunter-gatherers, living in harmony with nature...

Read more

2012-06-14 Colombia

From the archives: Caught in the crossfire in Colombia

On April 28 a team of Colombian commandos set out to destroy a secret drugs lab in the jungle. FRANCE 24 reporter Romeo Langlois joined them to record the mission. The patrol was...

Read more