Kapil Dev Gets Slammed For Trivializing Mental Health & ‘Mocking’ Depression & Pressure

Even though since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the awareness surrounding mental health has increased in India, we still have a long way to go. A large part of our population, including many influential figures, does not understand mental health and often trivializes mental health illnesses. When a person of great social relevance such as Kapil Dev, jokes about mental health issues, it negatively affects the progress made by mental health workers.

According to Hindustan Times, in a recent event, Kapil Dev claimed that he doesn’t understand “American terms” like ‘depression’. He further added that if cricketers feel immense ‘pressure’ before the IPL, they should just opt out.


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“I hear a lot of times on TV that there’s a lot of pressure on players to play in the IPL. Then I only say one thing, don’t play. If a player has passion, there will be no pressure. I can’t understand these American terms, like depression. I’m a farmer and we play because we enjoy the game, and there can’t be any pressure while enjoying the game,” he said.

Kapil Dev further shared that when he made a visit to a school, students complained about facing a lot of pressure. He asks where is this pressure coming from as kids nowadays sit in air-conditioned classrooms and the teachers don’t even hit them.

“I remember going to a school where students of class 10 and 12 said they face a lot of pressure. I said, ‘So face pressure!’. You people sit in air-conditioned rooms with fees paid by your parents, and teachers cannot beat you up, then where is this pressure coming from? Ask me what pressure is all about. Teachers used to beat us up and then would ask where we had gone. Students need to convert this into pleasure and fun, pressure is a very wrong word. 

Here’s a video of the incident:

His words left several people disappointed. Many called him a ‘typical Indian uncle’ who doesn’t understand the importance of mental health and rejects the concept of depression.

What is even more alarming is that the huge audience clapped and cheered when he said all these things. It goes on to show how most people still don’t understand the seriousness of mental health illnesses like depression and anxiety.

What are your views on Kapil Dev’s statements?

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