This article was published in the DailyO (India Today) on Oct 6 2015. Here is the link.
Thus, it is perhaps prudent to mute national pride celebrations until TB in the country comes down. Not because bringing down TB will magically set things right, but because only when things are alright with India will its TB naturally nosedive. India achieving very low TB levels will mean a whole host of highly positive developments – district and state governments showing strong commitment to citizen welfare and generously funding health systems; poverty, income inequality and corruption being minimal; and cities and villages having high levels of sanitation and hygiene. It will be the ultimate proof of our much-aspired ‘development’. Undoubtedly, TB rates need to be taken very seriously by policymakers and citizens.