I am patriotic, I admit it. That doesn’t make me a
nationalist, it doesn’t make me right wing, it doesn’t make me a bad person. I
love my country, and I feel fortunate to have been born here and live here. I
also recognize that other people feel the same way I do about their home country.
Our friends in India are no exception.
India continues to interest me as a content creator. Full
disclosure, I get many hits on my blog from India. I suspect its because I do a
fair amount of my content on stress and anxiety related issues. Indian citizens
have their plate full when it comes to stress. Its not only the common ones we
know in the west, but they have a far more involved family structure which we
have largely unraveled here in the west.
I found an interesting article here.
From the article: “A report by the World Health Organization in 2017 found there were fewer than two mental health professionals for every 100,000 people, drastically lower than the global average of nine.
The crisis is expected to worsen, and many experts say it could have serious economic, social and cultural consequences. Between 2012-2030, WHO estimates that India’s mental health emergency will cost the economy more than $1tn in lost productivity (as measured in 2010 US dollars).”
Its not only the proportion of mental health professionals to
population but proximity. In the west we have this image if India as being super
populated, their cities overflowing. They may or may not be true, but India is
a huge country, 70% of the population live in rural areas where there is only
25% of health infrastructure.
So, its not only an issue of availability in terms of ratios of
health professionals but you then actually have to get to them to attain
services. Not to mention payment, social stigmas on and on. India is an emerging
super power, and I only use the term emerging because it’s full potential is
still fairly untapped. While its history is remarkable, we know it as its
current state post WWII.
If India were able to do more for its citizens with less, via improving
the social net I think it would quickly emerge as one of if not thee top
economy in the world. We are entering a period by which the world is becoming
more bi-polar. The U.S. bloc and China. Russia continues to stagnate, but India
is the country many don’t seem to bring into the conversation.
I see more and more articles about Indian culture and how there
is a concerted effort by young people to modernize the social structure to
afford more health care outcomes for more of the population. WHO claims there
is a “mental health emergency in India” (per the article) and that might very
well be but sounding the alarm doesn’t illuminate the full potential of this future
The world in 2050 may look a lot different, specifically if
India keeps investing in its people.