Saturday, August 6, 2016

Mr. Harish Khare, Editor in Chief The Tribune Chandigarh writes about Dr. N.N.Wig

Following is an extract from The Sunday Tribune, Chandigarh dated 7th August, 2016

"Sunday Special » Columns The Tribune, Chandigarh

Posted at: Aug 7, 2016, 1:12 AM; last updated: Aug 7, 2016, 1:12 AM (IST)
Harish Khare

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Harish Khare
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THANKS to gentle instigation from a colleague, I went to call on Dr NN Wig at Lajpat Rai Bhawan in Chandigarh. I was told that here was a man who was providing the poor a much-needed service — offering counseling to poor psychiatric patients. And he has been at it for three decades, without making any hoo-ha about his work, without seeking any ‘recognition’ from conventional dispensers of ‘honours.’

I found Dr Wig to be extraordinarily humble and unpretentious, exuding an aura of service and nobility. He is a definite anomaly in this age when mercenary calculations have overwhelmed the medical profession. But there is a certain satisfaction, a kind of special kick, in helping the poor and the helpless. Only very few are privileged to experience that kick. 

Once there was a stigma in India about social psychiatry. Those who sought a psychiatrist’s advice were mocked as ‘mad.’ Thanks to the efforts and perseverance of a handful of social psychiatrists like Dr Wig, we have a different perspective. Still, in popular parlance, a ‘shrink’ is deemed to offer services mostly to the upper middle class or the rich. Dr Wig stands apart because he recognises that the poor too have similar problems and they too have a right to a social psychiatrist’s services. And, he offers his free and freely. 

And what was most pleasing for me was to discover that Dr Wig had known a family friend, Professor Morris Carstairs, a distinguished social anthropologist, who had done pioneering research work in the social psychology of witchcraft in India. His book, Death of a Witch: A Village in North India, is a classic. Carstairs was a friend of my mother-in-law and would visit us whenever he came to India. 

And, now in Chandigarh, there is Dr Wig talking about Morris Carstairs. What a pleasant coincidence. Small world, indeed!

And that calls for coffee. Anyone?”

'Swachata Abhiyan - Italian Style' by K.J.S.Chatrath

I was in Italy for a few days last month. One of the things that really impressed me was the Italian way of keeping the cities clean and in order. They have started electing some fantastic Mayors. Take a look:

Rome's new Mayor Ms.Virginia Raggi of the 5-Star Movement.

Turin's new Five Star Movement Mayor, Ms.Chiara Appendino,

Would you ever dream of throwing even the littlest piece of paper on the road if you had a Mayor like that?

Best of luck in your challenging new assignments and show the world that women are the superior sex. 

With respectfull salutes.

(Photos sourced from the internet)