ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Shubha Ranganathan

A Mental Health Epidemic?

Questions are raised about an approach towards psychiatric epidemiology, which directly imports models in medicine to count disorders of the mind to produce staggering evidence to the effect that 11% of Indians suffer from mental disorders. An alternative psychiatric epidemiology is needed, which relies on the principles of slow research, is value-based, and which defines mental health as an ethical and political problem.

The Rationalist Movement against Quack Healing

Following the murder of the anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar in Maharashtra there has been a lot of outrage against quacks and "babas". However, in a diverse and pluralist country, it is difficult to determine which healing practices constitute "superstition" and which are genuine. Further, the rationalist movement fails to distinguish adequately between faith and blind faith often seeing the opposition between science and religion in either/or terms. In this rationalist world view, there is little space for the mystical, spiritual, or even the cultural and symbolic.