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A civilisational duty to care for the elderly

As is true of most joint families, our grandparents were cared for, and consulted by, their children and loved and respected by their grandchildren. However, with the turbulent changes in society, the respect for elders is dwindling.

Industrialisation, urbanisation and globalisation have cast their shadow on traditional values and norms.

Nuclear families, growing life expectancy, the generation gap, changes in the value system, adoption of Western ways of life, migration for better opportunities, and the increased participation of women in the workforce have marginalised the elderly in India.

Many of them are forced to live lives of humiliation, discrimination, abuse ...

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