Author: Prof. Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Freud and the Processes of Thinking in Schizophrenia – II

Reading Time: 4 minutesFreud debated whether it might be more useful to conceptualise the difference between consciousness and unconsciousness in terms of a functional change of state of the psychic apparatus—as we might say, of the system of symbolic processes and internalised symbolic forms, explains Prof. Ashoka, in the second part of the three-part erudite research, in the […]

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Spare the Judiciary: Five Topmost Judges of India Need Patient Hearing to Tide Over the Crises

Reading Time: 5 minutesJudiciary is the only institution that sustains our faith in democracy as the filthy politicians of all shades have vitiated both the legislature and the executive; and as far as the press is concerned, the less said the better! It is fatally compromised, opines Prof. Ashoka, reacting to the mudslinging and barbs at the five […]

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Deep Crises in the Judiciary: Four Supreme Court Judges Shoot Salvos on the Chief Justice of India

Reading Time: 3 minutesDeep crises in the judiciary were out in the public domain, as four Supreme Court judges J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph released a letter, in a press conference, raising questions over the justice delivery system and allocation of cases. Prof. Ashoka examines the fissure in the judiciary and gives his opinion, […]

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Dispute over Honorary Doctorate for West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe debate about conferring an Honorary Doctorate to the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is mired in controversy. In the United Kingdom there was a fierce debate on whether Margaret Thatcher should be conferred an honorary doctorate by her alma mater, the University of Oxford, recalls Prof. Ashoka, citing his viewpoint on the subject. […]

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The Language of Schizophrenia – I

Reading Time: 4 minutesLanguage and what we experience through it has been deeply contested by various scholars. A renowned psychiatrist, Prof. Ashoka, delves into the theory of language, its symbolisations and much more, as interpreted by Sullivan, Cassirer, Whorf, Sapir, Lidz, and Freud, in the first part of this three-part erudite research, in the weekly column. A Different […]

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Professor Obaid Siddiqi: A Tribute on his Birth Anniversary!

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe most distressing part is that not just Prof. Obaid Siddiqui’s contributions, but the person himself is not remembered the way he should have been, not just in Uttar Pradesh, the state he belonged to and Purvanchal region where he was born and brought up but also in the scientific circles, states Prof. Ashoka, paying […]

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Childhood Aggression and Child Abuse: Need for Integrating the Two Findings – IV

Reading Time: 7 minutesParallel research in the areas of child abuse and childhood aggression is taking place, but findings from the two areas have not been integrated well. Child abuse studies and child aggression studies may be describing the same children, or there may be considerable overlap, which suggests that research groups must be much more carefully described […]

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Learning Theory Explanations of Aggression in Children – III

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe underlying assumption is that aggressive behaviour is indeed learned, but that genetic and hereditary components also have a bearing. However, the learning aspects are extremely important and can ordinarily overcome whatever natural or constitutional dispositions there are toward aggression, opines Prof. Ashoka, in the third part of the four-part research paper, in the weekly […]

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How fair is the First Past the Post for Indian Democracy?

Reading Time: 7 minutesNOTA is Revolutionary to Uphold Democratic Values One particular survey pointed out that in the current Lok Sabha, there are at least 13 MPs, who in terms of voting, enjoy the support of less than 15 % of their respective total electorates. And as there is no obligation on them to serve the interests of […]

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Explanations for Antisocial Behaviour in Children: Freud, Lorenz, Zillman – II

Reading Time: 6 minutesExplaining the antisocial behaviour in children, Prof. Ashoka, a renowned psychiatrist, tells us the various theories propounded by Freud, Lorenz, Zillman, et al, in the second part of the four-part erudite research. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  There are a number of theoretical explanations for the occurrence of the antisocial […]

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