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  • Dr Hiren Gohain
    Dear Friends, Aamir Khan burnt his fingers by supporting the Narmada Bachao Andolan ,which had been an honest and genuine gesture on his part.Then Narendra
    Message 1 of 6 , May 31, 2012
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      Dear Friends,
                            Aamir Khan  burnt his fingers by supporting the Narmada Bachao Andolan ,which had been an honest and  genuine gesture on his part.Then Narendra Modi's pack of hounds chased him with resounding yelps and barks
      and poor Aamir had to run for dear life.I suspect that at this point he came to realise the importance of political and financial godfathers in our democracy.To be frank,it is not enough to be well-meaning.One has got to take a stand and fight.It is also important to choose the side you are on.
                            The turning-point had been reached at 'Titley Live' ,where he made a farce out of an horrifying tragedy,to the applause of  VIPs.
                             The programme is not designed to unveil the  truth,but only to create a dense fog of sentimental  illusions and dish out bankrupt platitudes.It will comfort Aamir's troubled conscience,nobody else.
                                                                                                                                Hiren Gohain.
      On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM, Daniel Mazgaonkar <daniel.mazgaonkar@...> wrote:
       

      Dear friends,

      This article by Date is really wonderful. He has done a great service to the citizens of India and specially Mumbai.

      Yes, the Aamir Khan programme is good in many ways. But when I heard from one of the programmes that I watched, Ambani, I have entertained a great suspicion about this face.

      I am sure many activists would also have wondered why Aamir Khan had to take the help (whatever way it was/is) of such rich people.

      Would he at least install some change in next episodes ? I wonder!

      Daniel.



      On 29 May 2012 20:37, soheb lokhandwala <mpjmedia@...> wrote:
       


      http://www.countercurrents.org/date290512.htm
      28 May, 2012
      Countercurrents.org

      Dr Ravi Bapat is the man Amir Khan should have featured in his television programme on health issues Satyameva Jayate telecast on May 27. Dr Bapat is also much nearer home , in Mumbai. Dr Bapat is committed, has a long record of serving the poor in a public hospital and he has written about the importance of public hospitals and corruption in the private sector in two books.

      Social commitment and medicine run in the family. Dr Bapat’s father Dr Dinkar Bapat removed 400 doctors from the employees’s state insurance scheme on charges of corruption when he was its director in the sixties. He conducted raids and found that some doctors ran bogus clinics and gave bogus certificates.

      He got so fed up with the corruption that he sought a transfer and wrote an article on the decline in the morality of doctors in Mumbai.


      So what Amir Khan highlighted was important but by no means new. For example Dr Bapat points out on page 165 in his more recent book Post Mortem that if a doctor takes a seriously ill patient hurriedly for an operation, it is likely that the patient is already dead but all operation charges will be recovered from the family.
      Hysterectomy is the bread and butter of gynaecologists and appendix of general surgeons. Many of these surgeries are unnecessary, he says.

      Dr Bapat’s book Ward No 5, KEM, published six years ago, is published in Marathi as well as English and the more recent is Postmortem which is in Marathi and deserves to be urgently translated into other languages.

      God forbid if a major calamity strikes Mumbai because we are weakening our public hospital infrastructure, warned Dr Bapat in Ward NO 5, KEM. .

      It is only in the last few years that the craze for private, expensive hospitals and private medical colleges has begun. Formerly, prominent political leaders regularly took treatment in public hospitals. Members of the Bal Thackeray family including wife Meenatai used to get treatment in the municipal KEM hospital. Dr Ravi Bapat recalls this in his book .



      The book reads like a novel because it deals with such a wide variety of characters. Nowhere else can a doctor get such experience as a public hospital. Ravi Bapat has treated all sorts of people from senior politicians to gangsters, artistes, sportspersons and social activists.

      In 1983 when Bal Thackeray’s ailment could not be diagnosed, Bapat examined him, stopped his homeopathic treatment, gave him new medicines and restored his health. One needs to make it clear that Bapat is not at all close to the Thackerays. Far from it. He was very close to many activists and leaders of left wing trade unions during the more militant days of the sixties and seventies.

      Bapat’s father and wife too studied in G.S. medical college of KEM and as a student he got guidance from such stalwarts of those days as Dr A.V. Baliga, G.M. Phadke, Arthur D’sa , B.N. Purandare and P.K. Sen.


      Bapat is troubled by the growing privatisation, commercialisation of medicine. He has seen it all from close quarters as a practising senior surgeon and later as vice chancellor of Maharashtra university for medical sciences. Doctors are so busy chasing money these days that they are putting their own health at risk, Bapat says.

      Many doctors have a long record of dedicated social service and many are brilliant writers. The foremost among them is A.J. Cronin, who did pioneering work in the field of occupational health among mine workers in the U.K. and his writing was responsible for the much lauded British health service. More recently, Dr Atul Gawande, a U.S. born son of a doctor couple, has done pioneering work in the profession and on writing on it. However, the profession also has been lampooned for its downside. I remember a Sanskrit proverb Yamaraj Sahodar which says a doctor is like the elder brother of Yama, the god of death, Yama only takes your life, the doc takes both your life and money.

      Way back in 1978, the book Chloroform, written by Dr Arun Limaye while losing his battle against cancer, questioned various aspects of the medical profession. The book was published by Granthali. It was a landmark book and Limaye’s premature passing away left a void.

      The irregu

      larities and crimes of multinational pharmaceutical companies are regularly exposed in the Western media and literature but so little notice is taken of these in India. John La Carre’s novel The Constant Gardner shows the crimes of the MNCs which included the murder of a British diplomat’s wife in Africa because she is a committed campaigner.

      Amir Khan’s programme is good and many decent people are connected with it. But it is completely marred by the exhortation by Mrs Nita Ambani of the Ambani Foundation and there arises a very big question of credibility.

      She talks of taking India from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, from dependence to self reliance and so on. While she speaks softly, the import is extremely arrogant as it seeks to project the foundation as the solution of all of India’s problems. Even an election campaign speech has more credibility.

      The Ambanis are simply using a good programme to brighten their extremely controversial image. Of course, there is no shortage of collaborators in the media trumpeting for the Ambanis.

      And an Ambani-sponsored programme on health issues seems extremely odd considering the record of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital at Andheri though it belongs to the rival Anil Ambani group. Just read the damning report of the auditor and comptroller general presented to the Maharashtra legislature recently.

      That apart the programme and much of the discussion elsewhere on health issues is too focussed on big hospitals, doctors and treatment. The more crucial issue of prevention is generally neglected. It is much more important to provide clean drinking water, air and nutritious food and basic health services to the masses than to build expensive, high tech hospitals. But hospitals bring more publicity and strengthen the vested interests in the medical corporate complex.


      (Mr Vidyadhar Date is a senior journalist and author of the book Traffic in the era of climate change. Walking, cycling, public transport need priority. datebandra@...)




      --
      कहा जाता है कि जिनकी सेवा बड़ी, वे बड़े लोग. मैंने (विनोबाजी ने) सेवा का मूल्य जानने का एक सूत्र बनाया है. जो सेवा की गयी हो, उसको अहंकार की मात्रा से छेद देना होता है. सेवा बहुत की और अहंकार की मात्रा भी बड़ी रही तो सेवा का मूल्य कम हो जाता है. लेकिन सेवा कम होगी और अहंकार शून्य होगा, तो उस सेवा का मूल्य अनंत हो जाता है.











    • Daniel Mazgaonkar
      Dear Hiren Gohain, I am very much inclined to agree with you, though I was not able to put my feelings in so many such forceful words. I am with you, though, I
      Message 2 of 6 , May 31, 2012
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        Dear Hiren Gohain,

        I am very much inclined to agree with you, though I was not able to put my feelings in so many such forceful words.

        I am with you, though, I must admit, the one programme only, that I watched, made me cry.

        Daniel.

        On 31 May 2012 20:31, Dr Hiren Gohain <hiren.gohain@...> wrote:
         

        Dear Friends,

                              Aamir Khan  burnt his fingers by supporting the Narmada Bachao Andolan ,which had been an honest and  genuine gesture on his part.Then Narendra Modi's pack of hounds chased him with resounding yelps and barks
        and poor Aamir had to run for dear life.I suspect that at this point he came to realise the importance of political and financial godfathers in our democracy.To be frank,it is not enough to be well-meaning.One has got to take a stand and fight.It is also important to choose the side you are on.
                              The turning-point had been reached at 'Titley Live' ,where he made a farce out of an horrifying tragedy,to the applause of  VIPs.
                               The programme is not designed to unveil the  truth,but only to create a dense fog of sentimental  illusions and dish out bankrupt platitudes.It will comfort Aamir's troubled conscience,nobody else.
                                                                                                                                  Hiren Gohain.
        On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM, Daniel Mazgaonkar <daniel.mazgaonkar@...> wrote:
         

        Dear friends,

        This article by Date is really wonderful. He has done a great service to the citizens of India and specially Mumbai.

        Yes, the Aamir Khan programme is good in many ways. But when I heard from one of the programmes that I watched, Ambani, I have entertained a great suspicion about this face.

        I am sure many activists would also have wondered why Aamir Khan had to take the help (whatever way it was/is) of such rich people.

        Would he at least install some change in next episodes ? I wonder!

        Daniel.



        On 29 May 2012 20:37, soheb lokhandwala <mpjmedia@...> wrote:
         


        http://www.countercurrents.org/date290512.htm
        28 May, 2012
        Countercurrents.org

        Dr Ravi Bapat is the man Amir Khan should have featured in his television programme on health issues Satyameva Jayate telecast on May 27. Dr Bapat is also much nearer home , in Mumbai. Dr Bapat is committed, has a long record of serving the poor in a public hospital and he has written about the importance of public hospitals and corruption in the private sector in two books.

        Social commitment and medicine run in the family. Dr Bapat’s father Dr Dinkar Bapat removed 400 doctors from the employees’s state insurance scheme on charges of corruption when he was its director in the sixties. He conducted raids and found that some doctors ran bogus clinics and gave bogus certificates.

        He got so fed up with the corruption that he sought a transfer and wrote an article on the decline in the morality of doctors in Mumbai.


        So what Amir Khan highlighted was important but by no means new. For example Dr Bapat points out on page 165 in his more recent book Post Mortem that if a doctor takes a seriously ill patient hurriedly for an operation, it is likely that the patient is already dead but all operation charges will be recovered from the family.
        Hysterectomy is the bread and butter of gynaecologists and appendix of general surgeons. Many of these surgeries are unnecessary, he says.

        Dr Bapat’s book Ward No 5, KEM, published six years ago, is published in Marathi as well as English and the more recent is Postmortem which is in Marathi and deserves to be urgently translated into other languages.

        God forbid if a major calamity strikes Mumbai because we are weakening our public hospital infrastructure, warned Dr Bapat in Ward NO 5, KEM. .

        It is only in the last few years that the craze for private, expensive hospitals and private medical colleges has begun. Formerly, prominent political leaders regularly took treatment in public hospitals. Members of the Bal Thackeray family including wife Meenatai used to get treatment in the municipal KEM hospital. Dr Ravi Bapat recalls this in his book .



        The book reads like a novel because it deals with such a wide variety of characters. Nowhere else can a doctor get such experience as a public hospital. Ravi Bapat has treated all sorts of people from senior politicians to gangsters, artistes, sportspersons and social activists.

        In 1983 when Bal Thackeray’s ailment could not be diagnosed, Bapat examined him, stopped his homeopathic treatment, gave him new medicines and restored his health. One needs to make it clear that Bapat is not at all close to the Thackerays. Far from it. He was very close to many activists and leaders of left wing trade unions during the more militant days of the sixties and seventies.

        Bapat’s father and wife too studied in G.S. medical college of KEM and as a student he got guidance from such stalwarts of those days as Dr A.V. Baliga, G.M. Phadke, Arthur D’sa , B.N. Purandare and P.K. Sen.


        Bapat is troubled by the growing privatisation, commercialisation of medicine. He has seen it all from close quarters as a practising senior surgeon and later as vice chancellor of Maharashtra university for medical sciences. Doctors are so busy chasing money these days that they are putting their own health at risk, Bapat says.

        Many doctors have a long record of dedicated social service and many are brilliant writers. The foremost among them is A.J. Cronin, who did pioneering work in the field of occupational health among mine workers in the U.K. and his writing was responsible for the much lauded British health service. More recently, Dr Atul Gawande, a U.S. born son of a doctor couple, has done pioneering work in the profession and on writing on it. However, the profession also has been lampooned for its downside. I remember a Sanskrit proverb Yamaraj Sahodar which says a doctor is like the elder brother of Yama, the god of death, Yama only takes your life, the doc takes both your life and money.

        Way back in 1978, the book Chloroform, written by Dr Arun Limaye while losing his battle against cancer, questioned various aspects of the medical profession. The book was published by Granthali. It was a landmark book and Limaye’s premature passing away left a void.

        The irregu

        larities and crimes of multinational pharmaceutical companies are regularly exposed in the Western media and literature but so little notice is taken of these in India. John La Carre’s novel The Constant Gardner shows the crimes of the MNCs which included the murder of a British diplomat’s wife in Africa because she is a committed campaigner.

        Amir Khan’s programme is good and many decent people are connected with it. But it is completely marred by the exhortation by Mrs Nita Ambani of the Ambani Foundation and there arises a very big question of credibility.

        She talks of taking India from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, from dependence to self reliance and so on. While she speaks softly, the import is extremely arrogant as it seeks to project the foundation as the solution of all of India’s problems. Even an election campaign speech has more credibility.

        The Ambanis are simply using a good programme to brighten their extremely controversial image. Of course, there is no shortage of collaborators in the media trumpeting for the Ambanis.

        And an Ambani-sponsored programme on health issues seems extremely odd considering the record of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital at Andheri though it belongs to the rival Anil Ambani group. Just read the damning report of the auditor and comptroller general presented to the Maharashtra legislature recently.

        That apart the programme and much of the discussion elsewhere on health issues is too focussed on big hospitals, doctors and treatment. The more crucial issue of prevention is generally neglected. It is much more important to provide clean drinking water, air and nutritious food and basic health services to the masses than to build expensive, high tech hospitals. But hospitals bring more publicity and strengthen the vested interests in the medical corporate complex.


        (Mr Vidyadhar Date is a senior journalist and author of the book Traffic in the era of climate change. Walking, cycling, public transport need priority. datebandra@...)




        --
        कहा जाता है कि जिनकी सेवा बड़ी, वे बड़े लोग. मैंने (विनोबाजी ने) सेवा का मूल्य जानने का एक सूत्र बनाया है. जो सेवा की गयी हो, उसको अहंकार की मात्रा से छेद देना होता है. सेवा बहुत की और अहंकार की मात्रा भी बड़ी रही तो सेवा का मूल्य कम हो जाता है. लेकिन सेवा कम होगी और अहंकार शून्य होगा, तो उस सेवा का मूल्य अनंत हो जाता है.














        --
        कहा जाता है कि जिनकी सेवा बड़ी, वे बड़े लोग. मैंने (विनोबाजी ने) सेवा का मूल्य जानने का एक सूत्र बनाया है. जो सेवा की गयी हो, उसको अहंकार की मात्रा से छेद देना होता है. सेवा बहुत की और अहंकार की मात्रा भी बड़ी रही तो सेवा का मूल्य कम हो जाता है. लेकिन सेवा कम होगी और अहंकार शून्य होगा, तो उस सेवा का मूल्य अनंत हो जाता है.










      • aarti pakharaj
        on 10th June Sunday.   Dr Ramanjeneyulu, ED, Center for sustainable Agriculture talk show on satya mev Jayate.  with regards Aarti Pankhraj Program officer
        Message 3 of 6 , Jun 1, 2012
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          on 10th June Sunday.
           
          Dr Ramanjeneyulu, ED, Center for sustainable Agriculture talk show on satya mev Jayate. 

          with regards


          Aarti Pankhraj
          Program officer
          CSA, Maharashtra.

          Hamara Beej Abhiyan
          Maharashtra
          09422460587


          From: Daniel Mazgaonkar <daniel.mazgaonkar@...>
          To: arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Wednesday, 30 May 2012 7:34 AM
          Subject: Re: [Arkitect India] Aamir Khan, The Ambanis And Medical Ethics By Vidyadhar Date

           
          Dear friends,

          This article by Date is really wonderful. He has done a great service to the citizens of India and specially Mumbai.

          Yes, the Aamir Khan programme is good in many ways. But when I heard from one of the programmes that I watched, Ambani, I have entertained a great suspicion about this face.

          I am sure many activists would also have wondered why Aamir Khan had to take the help (whatever way it was/is) of such rich people.

          Would he at least install some change in next episodes ? I wonder!

          Daniel.

          On 29 May 2012 20:37, soheb lokhandwala <mpjmedia@...> wrote:
           

          http://www.countercurrents.org/date290512.htm
          28 May, 2012
          Countercurrents.org

          Dr Ravi Bapat is the man Amir Khan should have featured in his television programme on health issues Satyameva Jayate telecast on May 27. Dr Bapat is also much nearer home , in Mumbai. Dr Bapat is committed, has a long record of serving the poor in a public hospital and he has written about the importance of public hospitals and corruption in the private sector in two books.

          Social commitment and medicine run in the family. Dr Bapat’s father Dr Dinkar Bapat removed 400 doctors from the employees’s state insurance scheme on charges of corruption when he was its director in the sixties. He conducted raids and found that some doctors ran bogus clinics and gave bogus certificates.

          He got so fed up with the corruption that he sought a transfer and wrote an article on the decline in the morality of doctors in Mumbai.


          So what Amir Khan highlighted was important but by no means new. For example Dr Bapat points out on page 165 in his more recent book Post Mortem that if a doctor takes a seriously ill patient hurriedly for an operation, it is likely that the patient is already dead but all operation charges will be recovered from the family.
          Hysterectomy is the bread and butter of gynaecologists and appendix of general surgeons. Many of these surgeries are unnecessary, he says.

          Dr Bapat’s book Ward No 5, KEM, published six years ago, is published in Marathi as well as English and the more recent is Postmortem which is in Marathi and deserves to be urgently translated into other languages.

          God forbid if a major calamity strikes Mumbai because we are weakening our public hospital infrastructure, warned Dr Bapat in Ward NO 5, KEM. .

          It is only in the last few years that the craze for private, expensive hospitals and private medical colleges has begun. Formerly, prominent political leaders regularly took treatment in public hospitals. Members of the Bal Thackeray family including wife Meenatai used to get treatment in the municipal KEM hospital. Dr Ravi Bapat recalls this in his book .



          The book reads like a novel because it deals with such a wide variety of characters. Nowhere else can a doctor get such experience as a public hospital. Ravi Bapat has treated all sorts of people from senior politicians to gangsters, artistes, sportspersons and social activists.

          In 1983 when Bal Thackeray’s ailment could not be diagnosed, Bapat examined him, stopped his homeopathic treatment, gave him new medicines and restored his health. One needs to make it clear that Bapat is not at all close to the Thackerays. Far from it. He was very close to many activists and leaders of left wing trade unions during the more militant days of the sixties and seventies.

          Bapat’s father and wife too studied in G.S. medical college of KEM and as a student he got guidance from such stalwarts of those days as Dr A.V. Baliga, G.M. Phadke, Arthur D’sa , B.N. Purandare and P.K. Sen.


          Bapat is troubled by the growing privatisation, commercialisation of medicine. He has seen it all from close quarters as a practising senior surgeon and later as vice chancellor of Maharashtra university for medical sciences. Doctors are so busy chasing money these days that they are putting their own health at risk, Bapat says.

          Many doctors have a long record of dedicated social service and many are brilliant writers. The foremost among them is A.J. Cronin, who did pioneering work in the field of occupational health among mine workers in the U.K. and his writing was responsible for the much lauded British health service. More recently, Dr Atul Gawande, a U.S. born son of a doctor couple, has done pioneering work in the profession and on writing on it. However, the profession also has been lampooned for its downside. I remember a Sanskrit proverb Yamaraj Sahodar which says a doctor is like the elder brother of Yama, the god of death, Yama only takes your life, the doc takes both your life and money.

          Way back in 1978, the book Chloroform, written by Dr Arun Limaye while losing his battle against cancer, questioned various aspects of the medical profession. The book was published by Granthali. It was a landmark book and Limaye’s premature passing away left a void.

          The irregu

          larities and crimes of multinational pharmaceutical companies are regularly exposed in the Western media and literature but so little notice is taken of these in India. John La Carre’s novel The Constant Gardner shows the crimes of the MNCs which included the murder of a British diplomat’s wife in Africa because she is a committed campaigner.

          Amir Khan’s programme is good and many decent people are connected with it. But it is completely marred by the exhortation by Mrs Nita Ambani of the Ambani Foundation and there arises a very big question of credibility.

          She talks of taking India from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, from dependence to self reliance and so on. While she speaks softly, the import is extremely arrogant as it seeks to project the foundation as the solution of all of India’s problems. Even an election campaign speech has more credibility.

          The Ambanis are simply using a good programme to brighten their extremely controversial image. Of course, there is no shortage of collaborators in the media trumpeting for the Ambanis.

          And an Ambani-sponsored programme on health issues seems extremely odd considering the record of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital at Andheri though it belongs to the rival Anil Ambani group. Just read the damning report of the auditor and comptroller general presented to the Maharashtra legislature recently.

          That apart the programme and much of the discussion elsewhere on health issues is too focussed on big hospitals, doctors and treatment. The more crucial issue of prevention is generally neglected. It is much more important to provide clean drinking water, air and nutritious food and basic health services to the masses than to build expensive, high tech hospitals. But hospitals bring more publicity and strengthen the vested interests in the medical corporate complex.


          (Mr Vidyadhar Date is a senior journalist and author of the book Traffic in the era of climate change. Walking, cycling, public transport need priority. datebandra@...)



          --
          कहा जाता है कि जिनकी सेवा बड़ी, वे बड़े लोग. मैंने (विनोबाजी ने) सेवा का मूल्य जानने का एक सूत्र बनाया है. जो सेवा की गयी हो, उसको अहंकार की मात्रा से छेद देना होता है. सेवा बहुत की और अहंकार की मात्रा भी बड़ी रही तो सेवा का मूल्य कम हो जाता है. लेकिन सेवा कम होगी और अहंकार शून्य होगा, तो उस सेवा का मूल्य अनंत हो जाता है.












        • Daniel Mazgaonkar
          Hello Aarti, will it be on TV or on You Tube? Daniel ... -- कहा जाता है कि जिनकी सेवा बड़ी, वे बड़े
          Message 4 of 6 , Jun 3, 2012
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            Hello Aarti, will it be on TV or on You Tube?

            Daniel

            On 1 June 2012 13:26, aarti pakharaj <aarti_pan23ngp@...> wrote:
             

            on 10th June Sunday.
             
            Dr Ramanjeneyulu, ED, Center for sustainable Agriculture talk show on satya mev Jayate. 

            with regards


            Aarti Pankhraj
            Program officer
            CSA, Maharashtra.

            Hamara Beej Abhiyan
            Maharashtra
            09422460587


            From: Daniel Mazgaonkar <daniel.mazgaonkar@...>
            To: arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Wednesday, 30 May 2012 7:34 AM

            Subject: Re: [Arkitect India] Aamir Khan, The Ambanis And Medical Ethics By Vidyadhar Date

             
            Dear friends,

            This article by Date is really wonderful. He has done a great service to the citizens of India and specially Mumbai.

            Yes, the Aamir Khan programme is good in many ways. But when I heard from one of the programmes that I watched, Ambani, I have entertained a great suspicion about this face.

            I am sure many activists would also have wondered why Aamir Khan had to take the help (whatever way it was/is) of such rich people.

            Would he at least install some change in next episodes ? I wonder!

            Daniel.

            On 29 May 2012 20:37, soheb lokhandwala <mpjmedia@...> wrote:
             

            http://www.countercurrents.org/date290512.htm
            28 May, 2012
            Countercurrents.org

            Dr Ravi Bapat is the man Amir Khan should have featured in his television programme on health issues Satyameva Jayate telecast on May 27. Dr Bapat is also much nearer home , in Mumbai. Dr Bapat is committed, has a long record of serving the poor in a public hospital and he has written about the importance of public hospitals and corruption in the private sector in two books.

            Social commitment and medicine run in the family. Dr Bapat’s father Dr Dinkar Bapat removed 400 doctors from the employees’s state insurance scheme on charges of corruption when he was its director in the sixties. He conducted raids and found that some doctors ran bogus clinics and gave bogus certificates.

            He got so fed up with the corruption that he sought a transfer and wrote an article on the decline in the morality of doctors in Mumbai.


            So what Amir Khan highlighted was important but by no means new. For example Dr Bapat points out on page 165 in his more recent book Post Mortem that if a doctor takes a seriously ill patient hurriedly for an operation, it is likely that the patient is already dead but all operation charges will be recovered from the family.
            Hysterectomy is the bread and butter of gynaecologists and appendix of general surgeons. Many of these surgeries are unnecessary, he says.

            Dr Bapat’s book Ward No 5, KEM, published six years ago, is published in Marathi as well as English and the more recent is Postmortem which is in Marathi and deserves to be urgently translated into other languages.

            God forbid if a major calamity strikes Mumbai because we are weakening our public hospital infrastructure, warned Dr Bapat in Ward NO 5, KEM. .

            It is only in the last few years that the craze for private, expensive hospitals and private medical colleges has begun. Formerly, prominent political leaders regularly took treatment in public hospitals. Members of the Bal Thackeray family including wife Meenatai used to get treatment in the municipal KEM hospital. Dr Ravi Bapat recalls this in his book .



            The book reads like a novel because it deals with such a wide variety of characters. Nowhere else can a doctor get such experience as a public hospital. Ravi Bapat has treated all sorts of people from senior politicians to gangsters, artistes, sportspersons and social activists.

            In 1983 when Bal Thackeray’s ailment could not be diagnosed, Bapat examined him, stopped his homeopathic treatment, gave him new medicines and restored his health. One needs to make it clear that Bapat is not at all close to the Thackerays. Far from it. He was very close to many activists and leaders of left wing trade unions during the more militant days of the sixties and seventies.

            Bapat’s father and wife too studied in G.S. medical college of KEM and as a student he got guidance from such stalwarts of those days as Dr A.V. Baliga, G.M. Phadke, Arthur D’sa , B.N. Purandare and P.K. Sen.


            Bapat is troubled by the growing privatisation, commercialisation of medicine. He has seen it all from close quarters as a practising senior surgeon and later as vice chancellor of Maharashtra university for medical sciences. Doctors are so busy chasing money these days that they are putting their own health at risk, Bapat says.

            Many doctors have a long record of dedicated social service and many are brilliant writers. The foremost among them is A.J. Cronin, who did pioneering work in the field of occupational health among mine workers in the U.K. and his writing was responsible for the much lauded British health service. More recently, Dr Atul Gawande, a U.S. born son of a doctor couple, has done pioneering work in the profession and on writing on it. However, the profession also has been lampooned for its downside. I remember a Sanskrit proverb Yamaraj Sahodar which says a doctor is like the elder brother of Yama, the god of death, Yama only takes your life, the doc takes both your life and money.

            Way back in 1978, the book Chloroform, written by Dr Arun Limaye while losing his battle against cancer, questioned various aspects of the medical profession. The book was published by Granthali. It was a landmark book and Limaye’s premature passing away left a void.

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            larities and crimes of multinational pharmaceutical companies are regularly exposed in the Western media and literature but so little notice is taken of these in India. John La Carre’s novel The Constant Gardner shows the crimes of the MNCs which included the murder of a British diplomat’s wife in Africa because she is a committed campaigner.

            Amir Khan’s programme is good and many decent people are connected with it. But it is completely marred by the exhortation by Mrs Nita Ambani of the Ambani Foundation and there arises a very big question of credibility.

            She talks of taking India from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, from dependence to self reliance and so on. While she speaks softly, the import is extremely arrogant as it seeks to project the foundation as the solution of all of India’s problems. Even an election campaign speech has more credibility.

            The Ambanis are simply using a good programme to brighten their extremely controversial image. Of course, there is no shortage of collaborators in the media trumpeting for the Ambanis.

            And an Ambani-sponsored programme on health issues seems extremely odd considering the record of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital at Andheri though it belongs to the rival Anil Ambani group. Just read the damning report of the auditor and comptroller general presented to the Maharashtra legislature recently.

            That apart the programme and much of the discussion elsewhere on health issues is too focussed on big hospitals, doctors and treatment. The more crucial issue of prevention is generally neglected. It is much more important to provide clean drinking water, air and nutritious food and basic health services to the masses than to build expensive, high tech hospitals. But hospitals bring more publicity and strengthen the vested interests in the medical corporate complex.


            (Mr Vidyadhar Date is a senior journalist and author of the book Traffic in the era of climate change. Walking, cycling, public transport need priority. datebandra@...)



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            कहा जाता है कि जिनकी सेवा बड़ी, वे बड़े लोग. मैंने (विनोबाजी ने) सेवा का मूल्य जानने का एक सूत्र बनाया है. जो सेवा की गयी हो, उसको अहंकार की मात्रा से छेद देना होता है. सेवा बहुत की और अहंकार की मात्रा भी बड़ी रही तो सेवा का मूल्य कम हो जाता है. लेकिन सेवा कम होगी और अहंकार शून्य होगा, तो उस सेवा का मूल्य अनंत हो जाता है.















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            कहा जाता है कि जिनकी सेवा बड़ी, वे बड़े लोग. मैंने (विनोबाजी ने) सेवा का मूल्य जानने का एक सूत्र बनाया है. जो सेवा की गयी हो, उसको अहंकार की मात्रा से छेद देना होता है. सेवा बहुत की और अहंकार की मात्रा भी बड़ी रही तो सेवा का मूल्य कम हो जाता है. लेकिन सेवा कम होगी और अहंकार शून्य होगा, तो उस सेवा का मूल्य अनंत हो जाता है.










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