Medicine & Doctors · Public health

‘Botched’ Surgeries Are a Tragic Exception: India Still Leads the World in Good Quality Cataract Surgeries

This article appeared in India Today’s ‘DailyO’ on 04 Dec 2015. It can be found here. Here is an excerpt: Since 1976, with the launch of the National Program for Control of Blindness, the government has been providing cataract surgeries free of cost. In the early 1990s, realising that that this had not produced the… Continue reading ‘Botched’ Surgeries Are a Tragic Exception: India Still Leads the World in Good Quality Cataract Surgeries

Politics · Public health

The GBD Project Could Do For Health What RTI Did for Governance

This article was published in ‘The Wire.In’. Here is the link. An excerpt: The project’s current attention on the country is ambitious because it will be studying diseases and deaths in each Indian state separately. These estimates are scheduled to be published next year and then updated annually. Considering the many disparities between states, this… Continue reading The GBD Project Could Do For Health What RTI Did for Governance

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Piku – India Finally Talks About Being Mortal

This was published as an op-ed in the Times of India on Oct 2 2015. Here is the link. Excerpt: Kids need to start eliciting from parents, maybe in subtle ways, their thoughts and choices about death and dying: How they would like to be treated in a ‘worst-case scenario’, what their priorities are, what… Continue reading Piku – India Finally Talks About Being Mortal

Politics · Public health

How TB Punctures the Great Bubble of India’s ‘Greatness’

This article was published in the DailyO (India Today) on Oct 6 2015. Here is the link. Excerpt: 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… Continue reading How TB Punctures the Great Bubble of India’s ‘Greatness’

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British Raj and VVIP Raj: A Public Health Insight

This article was published in Huffington Post India on 22 June 2015. Here is the link. An excerpt: MK Gandhi once famously told the British to leave India to God or to anarchy. But Indians had other reasons too for aspiring political freedom: they were fed up of the high-handedness and corruption prevalent in the… Continue reading British Raj and VVIP Raj: A Public Health Insight

Politics · Public health

Why India’s Media Should Focus Intensely on Public Health

This article was published in Huffington Post on 29 July 2015. Here is the link. Excerpt: India is a resilient nation, having achieved in the past 67 years what perhaps no other predominantly poor nation could do. It raised the life expectancy of its citizens from 32 years at Independence to 65 years in 2012,… Continue reading Why India’s Media Should Focus Intensely on Public Health

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

Understanding Why Exactly Doctors Go on Strike in India

We are aware that on some rare occasions doctors go on strike in some or the other part of India. The general public’s reactions (and apparently even the judiciary’s) to doctors’ strikes are, however, based on extremely idealistic and impractical premises. A resident doctor’s [in India, a ‘doctors’ strike’ is almost always resident doctors’ strike]… Continue reading Understanding Why Exactly Doctors Go on Strike in India