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Alok Sarin Practising Clinical Psychiatrist, Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi

Alok Sarin did his graduate and postgraduate studies at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, specialised in psychiatry and has been in active clinical practice for the last 25 years. He has been an active member of the Indian Psychiatric Society and has written and published widely; he too was a member of the committee that developed the Mental Health Policy for India. Apart from clinical practice, he has been particularly interested in areas of psycho-social rehabilitation and in involving the larger community in public discourses on mental health and disease. He is the Chairperson of the National Board of The Richmond Fellowship Society, a voluntary organisation working with chronic psychiatric illness, and has also been organising the acclaimed lecture series The Canvas Askew. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, and was awarded the fellowship for research on the mental health aspects of communal conflict. He is an adjunct faculty at the
Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health. He has also been actively involved in researching the history of psychiatry in India, with a special interest in the history of the mental hospitals.