- Author: Daman Singh
- Publisher: Westland Nonfiction
- Pub date : 18.10.2021
- Genre: Non-fiction
- Binding Type: Hardback
- Language: English
- Isbn: 9789390679683
- price: 499 /-
- Pages: 184
About the book
New insights into the human mind haveradically altered the way mental illness isunderstood. And modern science now offersaccepted methods of diagnosis and effectivemeans of treatment. In some parts of theworld, healthcare has thus been reformed;the state provides the mentally ill with thesame rights as other citizens, and societyenables them to live a life of dignity, respect,and meaning. Elsewhere, the gains havebeen sparse and slow.
The reform of mental healthcare in India began in the early 20th century, duringBritish rule. What prompted this move?Which new ideas took root then? Who werethe people that pushed for change? How didpolitical events affect the pace of progress?When did international opinion begin tomatter? What did all of this mean for thetreatment and care of the mentally ill? Andwhy do four out of five mentally ill personsgo untreated even today?
Daman Singh looked for answers to thesequestions in archival records, official reports,parliamentary debates, court proceedings,academic journals, and news articles. Theresult is this intriguing account of a little-knownbattle spanning a century and more.
About the author
Daman Singh graduated in mathematicsfrom St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, in1984. She went to the Institute of RuralManagement, Anand, for further studiesand worked in the field of developmentfor twenty years. She is the author of twoprevious works of non-fiction: The Last
Frontier: People and Resources in Mizoram(1996) and Strictly Personal (2014), a memoirof her parents Manmohan Singh andGursharan Kaur. She has also written threenovels: Nine by Nine (2008), The Sacred Grove(2010), and Kitty’s War (2018). She livesin Delhi with her husband and dog.