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COVID-19: Mental Healthcare without Social Justice?

Mental health is not just about absence of mental illness. It is critical that the government takes long-term economic and mental health policy measures to ensure employment, basic amenities and public health, without which mental healthcare cannot address the debilitating effects of ongoing structural violence on a majority of citizens.

Excluded in Rehabilitation

The experience of disability is explored within the growing impact of neo-liberal globalisation utilising an ethnographic approach. Findings indicate how its implicit “commodifying” impact on persons with disabilities aggravates their physical and psychological wounds by amplifying their identity as the “unproductive” or “less productive” other. A need for dialogical partnership, where the marginalised voices are acknowledged and listened to, is accentuated for meaningful participatory rehabilitation.

Post-Quake Recovery in Urban Kachchh

Socio-economic changes in Kachchh after the 2002 Gujarat earthquake have had a negative impact on the survivors. This has been sharpened by class and caste distinctions in the distribution of compensation which have significantly affected the healing process. This economic divide has also caused the collapse of the social support network, which has further aggravated the sense of estrangement and vulnerability.
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