vikram patel

Vikram Patel

The writer is professor, international mental health, at the Public Health Foundation of India and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

When science masks hate
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

The medical legitimisation of prejudice was a major contributor to the stigma against homosexuality.

Compromising positions: Time to reclaim sexuality from the self-appointed guardians of morality
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

We should celebrate that young people are choosing to get married later in life, but reject the notion that this delay has any bearing on when consenting adults choose to engage in romance or sex.

Why they die young
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Oppressive social norms are behind rising suicides among the youth.

Our best investment
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

To improve educational outcomes, policy must address deprivations in early years of children’s lives.

Time for reflection, fellow doctors
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

The medical sector needs to think about why it is seen in poor light — by patients and government.

An inconvenient truth
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

India is one of the most unequal countries in the world — the richest 1 per cent own 60 per cent of its wealth

Dana Majhi’s India
Thu, Sep 22, 2016

It has not harnessed its economic success to secure better health for its citizens

The terror on our roads
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

We need to ask why India is one of the most harrowing places in the world to be a pedestrian, driver or passenger.

A cop-out called prohibition
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

It is a poor policy option. Alcohol abuse is a public health, not moral, problem.

An anaemic prescription
Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Budget 2016 is disappointing for India’s health. It will not cut the burden of catastrophic out-of-pocket expenditure.

Cure the doctor
Mon, Dec 21, 2015

Healthcare in India is a leading cause of poverty. The medical profession must own its share of the blame

A State Of Mind
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Decades of mismanagement have hobbled India’s mental health programme