Bizarre comment by Karnataka minister on “modern Indian women”

K Sudhakar said, every seventh Indian has some kind of mental problem (FILE)


Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Sunday claimed that modern Indian women want to remain single, are not ready to give birth even after marriage and want children through surrogacy.

“Today, I’m sorry to say, a lot of modern women in India want to remain single. Even if they get married, they don’t want to give birth. They want surrogacy. So there has been a change in our thinking, which Not good,” he said during the World Mental Health Day at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS).

Lamenting the “Western influence” on Indian society, the minister said people do not want their parents to live with them.

“Unfortunately, today we are going on the western route. We don’t want our parents to stay with us, grandparents to stay with us,” the minister said.

Speaking about mental health in India, Mr. Sudhakar said that every seventh Indian has some kind of mental problem, which can be mild, moderate and severe.

However, according to him, stress management is an art and Indian need not learn it but need to tell the world how to deal with it.

“Stress management is an art. We don’t need to learn this art as Indians. We need to preach to the world how to handle stress, because yoga, meditation and pranayama are wonderful tools that our ancestors used to do. Taught the world thousands of years ago,” he said.

Regarding COVID-19 and mental health, Mr Sudhakar said that relatives were not able to touch the bodies of their loved ones, which caused them mental agony.

Sudhakar said, “The pandemic has made the government start counseling COVID-19 patients. Till now we have counseled 24 lakh COVID-19 patients in Karnataka. I don’t know any other state which has done this.”

Expressing his gratitude towards NIMHANS, he said that the institute is providing counseling to the people and offering tele-medicine through its digital platform.

Mr Sudhakar also expressed his gratitude to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who spoke at the event, for delivering 1.5 crore COVID-19 vaccines to Karnataka every month since September, thereby increasing the vaccination coverage in the state.

He lauded the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government for providing 94 crore vaccines since the start of the vaccination campaign, as the country undertook the arduous task of vaccinating the entire population free of cost.

Mr. Sudhakar said, “We are the only country that is offering the vaccine for free. Elsewhere, people have to pay between Rs 1,500 to Rs 4,000 per vaccine.”

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NB staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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