STRESS AND STRAY DOGS DR. SHRINIWAS KASHALIKAR When we see the dogs wandering on roads we react according to our mood and our past experience. But usually we develop a mixed feeling of pity, sympathy, disgust and irritation. This causes consciously perceived or unconscious STRESS. When we exude with sympathy; as we often do; we feed the stray dogs and feel ennobled like an egalitarian hero in Hindi movies! But we seem oblivious or callous (like villains in Hindi movies) to the menace of these dogs in terms of their untimely barking, yelling, their urination and defecation, their attack on unprotected children and their horrifying and often fatal bites. Is it not true that we may be allowed to pamper our ego by feeding the stray dogs in public places; only if we take the responsibility of and prevent their nuisance to others? Is it not true that as policy makers, judges and administrators; we should decide the fate of stray dogs; by weighing; the sentiments, whims, fancies and idiosyncrasies; against the public safety at large?