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Prakash Kothari

India’s premier sexologist is the first Asian to get the most coveted award in his field

Prakash Kothari
What does winning a gold medal from the World Association for Sexology mean?
It means that there is nothing more to look forward to. The honour is the ultimate in the field of sexology.

Did you expect to win this award while in Spain?
When the announced – "This year's award goes to the Land of Kamasutra" – I was floored. I am the first Asian to be honoured with this award.

Despite being the land of Kamasutra, why do sexual myths abound in India?
Up to the 13th century, sex education was imparted very freely. But when foreigners invaded, safety came first on the agenda and sex, last. Once misconceptions crept in, they multiplied and were handed down from one generation to another.

Are there any hopeful shifts in sexual trends through?
When I first started my practice 25 years ago, no woman ever approached me directly. Now the urban educated woman, at least, has become tremendously aware.

Is there any difference in sexual problems faced by the people in the West and by those in the East?
In India at least, 50 per cent of all success in tackling sexual problems goes to the woman.

Yet one sees a proliferation of pills and prescriptions. Do they help?
They help those who manufacture it. It is merely the exploitation of the desperate.

If these so-called aids haven't helped, why is business booming for quack?
Because we don't provide services. Also subjects like the psycho-pathology and psycho physiology of sex and sexual dysfunctions are no taught to medical students.

As the country's premier sexologist, do you have any pet obsessions?
Yes, the Kamasutra. My book, to be released next year, will dispel notions of the Kamasutra being an acrobatic sex ki kitab.

Will it bridge the gap between fact and fiction surrounding the treatise?
Well, it will establish how Vatsayana's Kamasutra, though ancient, is still modern.

Will your book make new revelations about Vatsayana?
Historians have placed Vatsayana between 300 BC to AD 600. I have narrowed this down from 330 AD to 369 AD. Further, I have conclusively proved that Vatsyayana belonged to a city called Nagarak (now known as Nagara) in modern south Gujarat.

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