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Discuss the problems of elderly in India. Do you think there is a need for a societal and attitudinal change in the way we treat our elderly? Explain.

Topic: Welfare schemes for the vulnerable sections of population by the Centre and states and the performance of these schemes

2 .Discuss the problems of elderly in India. Do you think there is a need for a societal and attitudinal change in the way we treat our elderly? Explain. (GS-1)

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Why this question:

During the Book release of Health and Wellbeing in Late Life: Perspectives and Narratives from India, Vice President emphasized that strengthening of the family system is the need of the hour.

Key demand of the question:

One must analyse the causes for declining status of elderly in the society.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

 Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

In brief highlight the status of elderly population in the Indian society.

Body:

Due to the tendency to ape western culture, there is a need for a societal and attitudinal change in the way we treat our elderly.

This needs going back to the Indian family system, values, culture and traditions which comprise respect for parents, teacher and nature ingrained in Indian philosophy.

India is ageing fast and it can be seen where by 2050 almost 20% of Indian population will be more than 60 years old becoming the country with

Highest population in the world.

Conclusion:

Conclude with solutions.