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Indian politicians least depressed in the world, says WHO report


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About 36% of the Indian population have suffered from major depression. The politicians' cheerfulness saved the country from a higher figure.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said in a health report that Indian politicians suffer from the least depression rate among others of their species across the world. The study was done on people of all professions separately, in various countries. In India, the profession of politics was found to be the most satisfying one in terms of money and power. Leaving aside politicians and ministers, the depression levels were observed to be the highest among Indians (link).

Some experts have attempted to explain the phenomenon, “Stress levels do run high among leaders in nations like the USA, UK, France, Germany, Russia, etc. Reasons for stress can vary; there are reasons like having a large nation to run, to having a Carla Bruni for a wife in France. In India, however, the profession of politics complements the other professions exceedingly well. All possible depression of the men in power is willingly sucked in by the Indian citizens, every five years.”

A closer look at the study suggests that Indian leaders currently lodged in the Tihar Jail of New Delhi, have not suffered from any form of unhappiness while under trial. Most politicians surveyed complained of dementia when asked whether their black money was the reason behind their happiness. Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, however, revealed that the reason for his happiness is his association with a circus. “Being a Congressman, I am always in a funny mood,” he said.


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