Importance of intellectual health among politicians in an over-pressured democracy like India – Punekar News

Pune, 31 May 2022: The Constitution of India establishes the political code, federal structure and powers of the government of India and guarantees the rights of Indian people including equality before the law and freedom of speech , meeting, movement and others.

In such cases, the behavior of politicians has a clear meaning for all of us, which becomes immediately apparent when those who wield considerable power exercise it in misguided or harmful ways, taking risks and making decisions that put others in danger. In this area, and in more mundane areas, the welfare of politicians is important. We assume that leaders, for example, are well equipped with the capabilities, experience, and support systems to perform their roles and deal with the inevitable pressures their responsibilities bring. However, all politicians are human.

Research on health and political behavior has identified an important gap between mental health and participation that is likely to have important consequences for political equality. There is a mental health participation gap and this gap is concerning as it has the potential to lead to inequality in political representation and have serious implications for the stigma of mental illness.

Mental health is a minor issue. As such, it has never made it to the “most important issues/problems” list, although its importance is increasing after the face of COVID-19.

Now, with splendid strength comes first-rate obligation, but exceptional duty often creates pressure on people, resulting in poor mental health. Professionals like politicians are also no longer spared. Due to colossal work pressure and higher obligation, they might face mental health issues.

The role of a politician comes with a number of challenges and is demanding as an elected consultant he has to take on a number of responsibilities which sooner or later take a toll on his sanity. With a lot of pressure on the transfer for their people, it regularly takes a mental toll,” said Dr Ganesh Veerabhadraiah.

This function of overexertion often has consequences in a variety of physical and mental illnesses. Due to long business hours, meetings, and prolonged standing in public, they are very likely to develop degenerative spine problems and fatigue. Apart from these physical condition issues, due to the high demand environment, they also face several problems due to poor mental health.

Dr Ganesh also said: “Although you are very stressed to meet various commitments, it is quite often possible to be stressed and annoying. Like everyone else, even politicians face competing issues of their expert existence which on occasion also cause despair. And if exposed to the strain and pressure for a longer period of time, it is very likely to cause health consequences like hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
“Thinking of the highly stressful environment in which politicians work and their importance in a democracy like India, vital steps should be taken to sensitize political leaders to ensure that equal importance is given to the mental form.

“For normal physical fitness, it is very important that there are committed programs for politicians to help them recognize the importance of mental fitness. For a healthy body, we also need a healthy mind and for this, it is important to follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly and have regular health check-ups.These preventive measures can help to satisfy the general health of body and mind,” concluded Dr. Ganesh Veerabhadraiah.

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