The Unsafe Asylum – Anirudh Kala
It’s a story describing the impact of partition of India and Pakistan on the psyche of common masses , driving some of them into madness or psychosis while others who were already susceptible to these menace succumbed in the worst possible way . The narrative takes the help of a psychiatrist Dr Prakash Kohli whose journey , here and there in India , exposes him to the mental toil the partition had on various people and it’s everlasting consequences.
He visits Pakistan , meet Salma and Asif , two other doctors ; listens to their perspective of the same . Education does not bring rationality , neither does it narrow the gulf of bereavement and loss.
The hatred between the residents of two countries catalysed this dreaded transformation.
He visited Mental Hospital in Ranchi , Amritsar and Lahore . The condition of the Mental hospitals and his subsequent interaction with the patients shook him to his core . There were stories of despair , love , ambition and hope but only to end in a cataclysmic manner.
The hatred between the two countries is obvious in each section.
Stories of forced abduction , rapes , marriages and religion conversions . The aforementioned incidents were a common sight.
There was carnage all over the land , humans slayed , women raped and abducted and many more crushed during their voyage to the opposite side.
Their was exchange of mental patients between the two countries on the basis of Religion. Their is ample evidence to suggest that mental health of a Nation and it’s residents is directly proportional to the social and cultural stability of a country.