How never-ending debate on Nepotism worked wonders to divert the attention from a ‘discussion’ on Depression?

It has been three weeks since the suicide of famous Indian movie actor Sushant Singh Rajput but twists and turns concerning the loss are never-ending. Among everything else, the most talked about subject is Nepotism.

As much as it hurts his fans and followers, we must go back to how the shift happened from illness to nepotism. Every day on social media a Bollywood actor is picked and becomes the target of all the trolls and backlashes and for what good reason? For having it easy in the industry? Or for getting chances without ‘real’ talent? Regardless of what we, as an audience may assume, the reality is far from us. Most of us have tried to blame Rajput’s death on the Nepotism standard which very carefully or rather carelessly diverts us from a more important subject called depression.

When the news came out that Sushant Singh Rajput suicided because of depression, all people could say was– ‘Oh! He had everything…how can he suicide’ or ‘there must be some other reason or conspiracy behind his suicide’ and various other things. This shows how difficult it is for us as a society to address depression as something suicidal. Depression is more than just being sad. There is a reason why primary care physicians are not specialized to treat patients with depressive disorders.

This is not anything general but a very specific, deep condition and plays not just with your mind but threatens your very existence. After this incident, what we should have done was address this issue and spread the light on rather than finding a reason for his depression. Sometimes, your depression doesn’t even have a reason. We need to understand that not everything has a ‘why’ or ‘because’ in it. Not everyone who is depressed is suicidal but depression does increase the suicide risk in any individual. Why couldn’t we be alright with an actor being depressed? Why couldn’t we accept the fact that he suicided because of depression? People swiftly started blaming the nepotism. They said nepotism is the reason behind depression. But are we in a position to judge? Depression is enough of a subject to be talked about without the need for any other backing. The long-pending talk on depression is still pending and it is high time we start recognizing it as the main problem and not ‘something that leads to something’.

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