Medicine & Doctors · Politics · Public health

Demonetisation and Public Health: Only a Welfare-Intensive Budget 2017 Can Now Help BJP Save Face

This was carried by HuffPost India on Nov 28 2016. Here is the link, and below is an excerpt. “It’s because, just like with demonetisation, the nation leaves them with no other choice. We let government hospitals crumble, and force our poor to go to those, ostensibly for the “greater benefit of the nation”. Because… Continue reading Demonetisation and Public Health: Only a Welfare-Intensive Budget 2017 Can Now Help BJP Save Face

History India South Asia · History of Medicine · Politics · Public health

Black Money and the Black Death: What The Indian Govt Can Learn from the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897

This was published on Nov 24, in theWire.in. Here is the link. Below is an extract: [Just like the demonetisation policy] It was a hastily drafted Bill, barely a page long, but ‘extending to the whole of British India’ and coming into force immediately. It was referred to a Select Committee (of four British and two… Continue reading Black Money and the Black Death: What The Indian Govt Can Learn from the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897

Politics · Public health

Ranks 143 and 149 in 188 Nations: What India and Pakistan Have Lost Through Decades-Long Military Quests

This article, batting for peace and human improvement in the South Asian region, was published in Scroll.in on Oct 2 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: When one looks at such data, one realizes how hollow the self-congratulatory attitudes of Indian and Pakistani citizens are. It is amazing to see how a… Continue reading Ranks 143 and 149 in 188 Nations: What India and Pakistan Have Lost Through Decades-Long Military Quests

Medicine & Doctors · Politics · Public health

Is Private Health Care the Answer to the Health Problems of India’s Poor?

[Before we delve in, perhaps it is important to clarify that most such debates are not about whether private and public health sectors are ‘good/bad’ or necessary/unnecessary. It is implied that both are essential. The debate is more regarding which one should be the ‘model’ or the dominant system in a community; and regarding which… Continue reading Is Private Health Care the Answer to the Health Problems of India’s Poor?

Politics · Public health

Snake Antivenom: Making ‘Make In India’ Relevant for Rural India

This article was published in HuffPost India on 02 June 2016. Here is the link. Below is an excerpt: In fact, each hour snakes bite dozens of people and kill around five Indians (they kill about 45,000 annually). Tens of thousands lose limbs or are disfigured and disabled permanently. In comparison, there were 100,000 dengue… Continue reading Snake Antivenom: Making ‘Make In India’ Relevant for Rural India

Medicine & Doctors · Public health

93rd Report of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Family Welfare

This report, presented on April 27, was ‘on Demands for Grants (2016-17) of the Department of Health and Family Welfare’. It analysed the resource allocations to health made and promised in India’s national Budget of Feb 2016. The article was published in HuffPost India on 05 May 2016. Here is the link. Below is an… Continue reading 93rd Report of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Family Welfare

Culture & Life · Politics

JNU: Holding On to Common Sense and Humanity in Times of Violent Nationalism

This article was published in HuffPost India on 20 Feb 2016. Here is the link. Following is an excerpt: With respect to the current issue of ‘anti-India’ words, I find it absurd that some citizens believe India can even be insulted, that too by a bunch of overzealous university youths. If there is anything insulting,… Continue reading JNU: Holding On to Common Sense and Humanity in Times of Violent Nationalism

Cinema & Bollywood · Culture & Life · Fiction · Politics

A Satire on India’s Porn Ban and other Censorship

[Almost every government at national and state levels in India has always given in to the tempting fumes of the seductive political dope called ‘Indian culture and tradition’. But being so mindblowingly diverse, in India one woman’s culture can be another woman’s sin and one man’s tradition can be another man’s abuse. Still, each govt… Continue reading A Satire on India’s Porn Ban and other Censorship