Doctors, Politicians, Bureaucrats, People and Private Practice. Documentary Essay. P.S.Remesh Chandran.

Doctors’ private practice is a public necessity.

053. Doctors, Politicians, Bureaucrats, People and Private Practice. Documentary Essay. P.S.Remesh Chandran.

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Governments’ banning the private practice of doctors has a history of 50 years, exactly as old as the abandonment of health and welfare of people by them. Wherever there are uneducated politicians and jealous bureaucrats, they share this common animosity and jealousy towards doctors. Bureaucrats retire at an age and politicians stop when party men stop following them. This hatred and jealousy stems from the right of doctors to practice medicine till the end of their days.

1. Doctors who do not look patients can be punished but why punish for looking patients?

Doctors Practice P S Remesh 01 Plese leave this alone. Shark96zPlease leave this alone.

PART 1. DESTRUCTION OF A FREE HOSPITAL SYSTEM

We can understand a doctor punished for not looking patients but how can we not understand the madness in punishing him for looking patients? That is what is going on in the world. Doctors who look patients in homes in their spare time are raided, suspended and dismissed by politicians and bureaucrats, on the hope that there won’t be anyone left to look patients in government hospitals and all will go to costly private hospitals run by their sons and daughters and sons-in-law. When this madness continues in the largest democracy in the world and millions of people who have no other place than free government hospitals to go are left uncared for and dying, world’s nations’ conscience is not turned to responding to this injustice. India spends millions on educating and training doctors, so that so many of them doctors would be available there day and night to treat people. People here means, not people’s representatives and state ministers who get round-the-clock free medical treatment but people who cast their votes, elect them and make the revenue for paying them salaries. When people go to a nearby doctor’s residence, they are told that they cannot be treated at doctors’ homes but have to go overcrowd the hospitals and contented with what unsatisfactory treatment they get there because politicians have dictated so. Government wants doctors to stop looking patients in their homes and they know that their hospitals cannot treat all patients, meaning politicians in government want to drive patients from government hospitals to private hospitals owned by them, their relatives, friends, favorites or followers, a large portion of the earnings from where would ultimately reach them in times of elections and in times of need. State health ministers regularly declare that they are banning private practice and that strict action would be taken against those who violate. Every time they open their mouths to declare these things, there is an invariable question asked them by press: why are so many doctors’ posts lying vacant in your state? The answer will always be ‘they will soon be filled up’, not ‘they already have been filled up’. The fact is, they will never get doctors to fill up these vacancies, due to their arrogant and unilateral decisions to raid doctors’ homes for detecting private practice. For years they are being asked this same question and for years they are continuing to give this same answer; and the posts are continuing to lie vacant for decades. That much is the care and attention they give to health care in their states. These vacancies have never been filled up nor would they ever will be, unless private practice is allowed for government doctors. Government hospitals will gradually become never-to-visit-places for patients, which exactly is what the politicians and bureaucrats want.

When health ministers and chief ministers of a state become sick, we have read about the senior doctors in the government medical college going to the minister’s house for treating them. Is it not that private practice and illegal? We have heard them never going to hospital for examination before admission. They break laws for their convenience if it suits them but threaten doctors if they look people in their homes. Why they campaign against doctors treating patients in their homes is to show their unwavering allegiance and loyalty to large private hospitals and multi national health companies that are coming to India, who want to absorb all doctors’ home practices into their domain as they did in Europe and would pay politicians and bureaucrats handsomely for aiding them through issuance of the necessary government orders. Politicians are eagerly awaiting the international health care companies for coming to India and becoming an everlasting treasure trove for them to loot through generations. Rich hospitals and mammoth companies lobby governments to ban doctors’ private practice. Politicians and bureaucrats are their recruited tools, sold out soul and corpuscle wholesale. By banning private practice, these servile beings create a void which their masters soon come take up and fill. Of the hundred thousand politicians in India, there is not one among them who wish these health care giants never to come to India. The health ministers of Jammu Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra and Punjab, in looks and speech ferocious enemies of private practice, are only obedient servants cutting path for giant health care companies step by step through their successive orders. However hard they try to conceal, two things reveal where their true allegiance and loyalties lie: whom they create these government orders for and what destruction their orders have already done in their states.

2. Kashmir government invited complaints against doctors but received none; even after months, they are still waiting for people’s complaints.

Doctors Practice P S Remesh 02 Shall we tolerate interference. U S Govt. Federal ArchivesShall we tolerate interference?

Kashmir government put a blanket ban on private practice of doctors and constituted a team of crime branch, intelligence and vigilance police to raid doctors’ homes and clinics and to act upon people’s complaints against doctors, monitored directly from the chief minister’s office. For months they sat waiting for people’s complaints against doctors to come which they expected would come in thousands but which never came. People of Kashmir simply were not willing to betray their doctors to these corrupt politicians and treacherous bureaucrats of their state. Kashmir politics and bureaucracy were never pure and theirs was a tactic to draw people’s attention away from the horrible economic crimes and corruption exposed recently there. And the people knew this. Specialists in General Medicine, Surgery, Endocrinology, Urology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Nephrology and Pediatric Surgery-words Greek to politicians and police men-were hunted by politicians, bureaucrats, police men and journalists throughout Kashmir but the people were not willing to betray their specialists to cheap government personnel. It is heard that this special cell is still awaiting complaints from people against doctors without spending their time more gainfully on looking into the shady deals of politicians and bureaucrats in the state. Increasing patient deaths in hospitals were what prompted this ban and the consequent raids. A legislative assembly committee constituted to examine these deaths suggested the ban and the government acted accordingly. There are certain meaningless words said-how much meaningless we will know soon- wherever such committees are constituted. For example read this standard phrase: ‘The committee discussed in detail various issues related to streamlining the functioning of government hospitals and the members stressed for making available adequate manpower in the hospitals and expediting the recruitment of doctors and paramedic staff to meet the shortage’! When deaths occur in hospitals, hunting doctors is the easier thing to do and what politicians do first; truth will always be lying somewhere else, far out of reach of insincere people. We shall look into some real incidents in the medical history of India. It is good and necessary that serial deaths in hospitals are looked into by legislative committees, but what if the sequel of serial deaths in a hospital starts from the act of a politically motivated legislator?

3. Ignorant politicians decide how even psychiatric hospitals are to be run.

Patients’ deaths increased in the forensic ward of a psychiatric hospital in India, where new admissions were killed by other violent inmates. Forensic wards in mental hospitals are high security wards constructed like jails wherein convicted and under-trial prisoners needing psychiatric treatment are put as ordered by judicial courts. Representatives of executive, legislature and judiciary inspected, committees were constituted, reasons found out and doctors and nursing staff suspended, transferred, arrested, imprisoned and prosecuted. News media celebrated this for weeks, differed in their opinions and united in condemning doctors. What results they wanted to have, they gained through this show, but what actually happened inside that closed ward remained unknown to the world, except to a few unbiased people. It was a story which no politician or bureaucrat in India likes to hear. In the long history of this institution, it was headed by psychiatrists only as it should be. A non-psychiatrist becoming the head of such an institution was unheard of in the country. In 2011, a politician from the northern parts of that state, a black sheep in his party, was elected to the state assembly from a southern constituency which unfortunately housed this institution. The superintendent of this institution forgot to invite this MLA to some public function there and this representative considered it as a show of disrespect and a breach of protocol. He moved the ministry, the superintendent was transferred out immediately and the search for a new one began. Psychiatrists were rare and none came handy, so a non-psychiatrist was posted as superintendent in his place. We should know that the superintendents psychiatric hospitals would usually be the senior-most psychiatrists in those institutions and so, would know about every kind of problem that may arise in such specialty hospitals, even long before they actually happen. He would attend to patients in his wards in addition to looking files as superintendent. Besides, this hospital was the nodal controlling centre for all other psychiatric hospitals in that state. Heads of such institutions would even know about whether it would be after three hours or four hours that a particular patient brought before them would turn violent, just by looking at the face. Thoughtless changes ordered by an ignorant health minister earlier had offered a specialty cadre for doctors by which they could opt out clinical duties and go for administration. They only needed looking files and did not need looking patients anymore. This situation would tease our common sense: a doctor for whose training the state spent millions no more needing to treat patients but looking files instead, a great loss to the nation and the patient community in particular. The history was, skilled and talented doctors looked both well and became famous as both physicians and administrators, extra ordinary two-in-one assemblies. People teased, the most incapable and bad ones only would opt administration so that they would not have to kill patients in their ignorance and ineptitude. This new system paved way for the administration to be filled with incompetent doctors. Anyway, the new superintendent was but a general practitioner, the first incident of a non-psychiatrist becoming the head of a psychiatric hospital in the state, perhaps in the history of the whole country. Neither our MLA nor the hierarchy from health minister and secretary to the director of the department found anything out of way in this posting. They who were thought to be brilliant in anticipating the after effects of their decisions proved they were nowhere near calibration to justify their pay. Since this was a new discovery of that politician with the most bizarre of ideas, nobody questioned this posting and the local politicians and position-seekers of his party began to go daily to that hospital and took hold of the day-to-day administration of that hospital from their crony.

4. Things are like in political commissariat in China, minus the good things of socialism and individual responsibility.

People think hospitals are run by doctors but now that is not so as a result of another foolish dictate issued by the politician-bureaucrat nexus. A hospital development committee constituted with local politicians as members and the district collectors as chairmen would conduct the daily business of hospitals. Do not anyone think that any of them including that IAS person there knows anything about medicine or hospital administration, but they assume the role and pretend to know everything. Medicine is a specialty where no blunders shall ever be permitted to happen but where every kind of blunders happen every day, made to happen by politicians and bureaucrats in the name of people’s rule and democracy. These committees which are just developmental committees assume the role of and function as administrative committees. Once nominated into them, their members poses as administrators and begin to think that they can easily substitute doctors, a pleasant experience for illiterate politicians and bureaucrats who wallow in dream castles. They wallow deep in administrative pleasures till that committee is reconstituted without them or till some catastrophe as mentioned here happens out of their thoughtlessness, causing as much destruction and confusion as they are capable of imagining before they go out of these committees. This happens in health administration alone. If such committees are constituted in revenue administration to run the day-to-day business of district collectorates, the collectors would resign immediately. No such low-intelligence committees are tolerated in agriculture, public works, law and order or any other kind of administration except health. No department head would tolerate ignorant people’s committees superimposed over their heads in their departments except doctors who are but a gentle lot who very soon learns not to object. Now no one knows who the authority of what in health services is. District collectors in several states even think they are the district health authorities also. The district medical officers have no role now who only initiates disciplinary action against their staff and send files to the district collectors to decide upon what punishment is to be given to their staff! Boundaries defined by statutes and laws have vanished and pastures prompted by pompous self interest and greed are newly annexed to each one’s monarchy. There is supposed to be a big brother watching in the national capital but it does not seem he sees anything at all. Doctors have now no role in running hospitals. Things are like in the political commissariat system in China in health services, minus the good things of socialism and the accountability of individual responsibility. So, this hospital development committees, or HDC in short form, meet regularly in hospitals, drink tea, munch cashew nuts and discuss things and take decisions which none other than a medical professional shall never discuss and take. They dictated this new superintendent to introduce a turn duty system in the hospital-a great word that they had heard somewhere-by which they intended to achieve great reforms in the hospital. In their learned judgment, nursing attendants continuously working for months and years in the same wards is the cause of all problems in hospitals they shall be shifted each day without given opportunities for developing relations with patients. They did not know what they were causing to happen in their ignorance and the new superintendent in his also did not know what he was not professionally objecting to. Had he been a long-serving psychiatrist, he would have envisioned the horrible things that were to come out of this wrong decision, very wrong in a mental institution. Now each nursing attendant would be told in the morning where was to work that day. The next day he would be at another ward. This kind of rotation duty also was a first in the history of asylums, one of the finest illustrations of the ages-old adage: fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

5. Introduce turn duty in psychiatric hospitals, crash patient-staff rapport and let patients kill each other.

Doctors Practice P S Remesh 03 Helping young patient in healing. in Iraq. U.S. Navy Chief Journalist Al BloomHelping young patient in healing.

When a staff works for long periods in a psychiatric ward, patients develop rapport with him and open up and disclose things which are buried deep in sub conscious and unconscious layers of the mind. They will begin to obey whatever this staff says so long as it is this particular staff there. The staff also develops an insight into whatever is going on in the inner bowels of the mind of each of those patients-a knowledge indiscernible even to psychiatrists and nurses, derived through close observations and long contact-crucial in assessing ways to help the patient to the road of his recovery and healing. It is not the psychiatric, psychotic and psychedelic drugs administered to patients but this opening up, sympathetic human interference and rapport that makes things possible in mental hospitals. When that particular staff is not there one day for revealing their hearts to, they become dumb and mute, become unresponsive and even turn destructive, like little children. Mental patients cannot simply accept another in his place as they are not normal like us (?) and their mind, which is only flickering up to normalcy or shuttering down to tightness, grieves. It is the real shock to them, loosing a trusted care taker of long acquaintance who knows everything about them and would see to their every need, a shock an outsider to a mental care facility like a passing politician and bureaucrat cannot understand. Does everyone know, telling one’s needs is a heavy, strenuous and laborious task for a mental patient due to drug-induced lethargy, thickness of tongue and general reluctance and sadness? Staff of long acquaintance and familiarity is the only bridge between them and the conscious world, the only solution for their cure. Psychiatrists with long experience know this and that is why they permit and encourage staff to work for long periods, sometimes till retirement, in the same ward, on the hope that if it would help speedy recovery of those hapless minds, let it be so. Who knows about the grief filled in those minds whom we see standing staring and forlorn behind grilled doors and closed cell rooms? After the Great Change following the learned development committee’s decisions, the staff working in the forensic ward for one or two days disrupted everything and could not know which of those prisoners had suicidal tendencies and which of them had killer instincts. So they put those who do not have them with those who did have them. A brilliant North Indian young boy, the pride of his friends and colleagues, brought to this hospital for treatment as ordered by the judicial court and admitted to this forensic ward was found dead the next day, supposedly strangled by his cell mate. Had it been a staff working there for long, he would have anticipated this and would not have put in the new admission in the same cell with a prisoner undergoing murder trial. He would have known that it would not be safe to accommodate a novice with no criminal history with one with killer instincts. Every media, politician, department authority and investigative agency investigated and is still investigating why this happened, instead of plainly pointing fingers at that politician whose act started the sequel of events and whose fault, misunderstanding and ignorance led to this human death. After one month, another outside-state patient was murdered in the same ward more or less the same way due to the same reasons. The real culprits, who took the unwise decision to rotate staff each day, still meet, drink tea, munch cashew nuts and give advice. So, this is only one of a thousand examples of what unwanted political presences and thoughtless government orders do in bringing about the fall of great health institutions. One question we are leaving unexamined here, that of jail prisoners in mental hospitals’ forensic wards being left with untrained hospital attendants instead of qualified and trained jail security staff, which we leave to experts in legal jurisprudence and forensic law to explore.

6. Kerala government banned private practice and lost all qualified and experienced doctors.

The Kerala government also banned private practice of doctors employed in medical colleges, dental colleges and nursing colleges. All of these medical colleges were already suffering from acute shortage of experienced doctors and medical teachers after most of them having gone to foreign countries to take up better employment there. Government’s attempt to call them back from leave did not yield results; most of them just resigned from their positions or merely did not respond to these calls. Even if government had succeeded in recruiting new doctors to fill up vacant posts, they would not have got qualified and experienced doctors as hundreds of private hospitals also were vying for them. Senior medical students now carry on the running of medical colleges and the future of medical education in that state is dull. Government brought about this situation by forcing doctors to quit for joining private hospitals where they could continue home practice simultaneously. Allowing the home practice of doctors would have helped in maintaining the overall health care in the state and solved the problem of the dearth of experienced doctors in government hospitals, but things now have gone out of hands and control of the government. However much the government increased the pay of doctors, it had no effect on their remaining in service because no doctor did or would abandon home practice for sitting inert and idle in their homes. Either Kerala looses all qualified and experienced hands or they liberally allow private practice to retain experienced doctors in service, which is the predicament there. But as we have seen, maintaining the quality and uninterruptedness of patient care in the state is now no concern of the politicians and bureaucrats there. Each person comes as health minister, issues a few orders here and there, loosens a few foundation stones at critical points and vanishes into anonymity never to be heard again. Soon we will hear about something like the health establishment in the state has collapsed. Then we will hear about a government order banning patients in hospitals until they are fully insurance covered. It will not be too long before we hear that the whole set up has been given on lease to foreign consultancies for running. The last government order from these traitors would be the announcement of the sale of all government hospitals as a lot to foreign investors ‘for ensuring quality medical assistance to all, considering the interests of the state’. There would be no protestation riots from the youth organizations of even the revolutionary parties for it would be their leaders issuing these orders and excellently explaining everything in the light of Karl Marx’s theories of dialectical materialism and poor Lenin’s principles of class war.

Politicians and bureaucrats have the basic misconception that doctors, like them, care only for money and would forget the impact and influence of real good education. In Kerala, this banning of private practice was first enforced by a minister belonging to the central committee of the Communist Party of India Marxist-a party which is in intellectual darkness as regard to this issue-who thought that banning private practice of doctors was something simple and technical like banning illicit liquor, tobacco and plastic cover. Inspired by Kerala, politicians in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Orissa, and Maharashtra states also carried out similar raids on doctors’ homes and clinics arranged by medical council of India, which only alienated good doctors dedicated to patients. We know, Karnataka has the largest number of paper medical colleges where anyone can seek admission and pay and obtain medical degrees, protected or owned by the politicians and bureaucrats there, investigated never by any medical council. Where money and political power are involved, no investigations would be. The first thing the medial council of India ought to have investigated was involvement of large private hospitals in bringing about these bans and legislations and how much they paid politicians and bureaucrats to bring about this favourable kind of situation to keep their establishments afloat. Even 65 years after the British left India, they still have not been interested to open at least one dispensary in each village, forgetting which they are shutting down home practices.

7. In lawless Uttar Pradesh, state assembly member crashes into doctor’s practice and manhandles him.

In Uttar Pradesh in December 2012, a Samaj Wadi Party MLA crashed into the private practice of a doctor and manhandled him. This incident was an aftermath of an earlier incident of the health minister of UP visiting the district hospital, finding injection bottles purchased by patients from the market when the item was available in the hospital, inquiring why and this young doctor remarking something which was taken as an interference and retort by the minister. His party man was attacking the doctor two days later with his retinue instead of setting in motion the legal machinery. This is not an isolated incident. Politicians now go to the extreme of manhandling doctors to gain popularity among their party men and to show people that they are heroes. In Kanpur, a minister in a surprise inspection suspended a doctor on similar puny charges. Punjab health minister instructed that a monthly list of doctors doing private practice shall be sent to his office. His government doing sting operations in hospitals, carried out by his chief parliamentary secretary of health was what roused the anger of doctors to turn against him and defy him which in its turn roused his personal anger to take vengeance on the state’s expenses. He later admitted that the infant mortality rate in Punjab had come down to 30 from 34 per 1000 deaths, compared to the high national average of 47. Who made this possible in Punjab, doctors or politicians? All these chief ministers and health ministers while ordering raids on doctors’ clinics and homes were continuously speaking about ethics. How many hundred ethics did they trample down and trod upon to reach those positions of chief ministers and health ministers? From the selection of assembly candidates by the party based on communal and religious factors in each constituency, hiding real assets in election commission declarations, flowing black money in millions to buy votes, slanting the opponents’ reputation through false allegations, unleashing anti-social elements to quash the opponents’ election campaigns, spending a thousand times more money than permitted on election campaigns cheating the election commission, and using state employees for canvassing votes in crucial pockets, to utilizing communal, religious and industrial houses for lobbying to win chief-ministerships-actually what they did not do to win those positions? And what did a doctor do to win his position except learning and accumulating knowledge through the years? Before speaking about ethics, chief ministers of Indian states have to be very careful: election petitions filed before the election commission after each election speak eloquently about their crimes, whether proved and punished or not.

8. Supreme Court of India judges doctors’ private practice and accepting consultation money neither crime nor corruption.

Doctors Practice P S Remesh 04 They still find time to play with patients. U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth AllenThey still find time to play with patients.

Politicians and bureaucrats who want to arrest and prosecute doctors for looking patients in their homes speak loudly without stop also about the Indian Penal Code, section 168 and Anti Corruption Law. They cite their own orders banning home practice, framed by them in violation of Indian laws to appease their political ego and to beat doctors. Anti Corruption Law and Section 168 of Indian Penal Code defines a government servant’s engaging in a trade as an offence. The Punjab Government in 2011 booked two doctors for looking patients in their homes and accepting money. They were charge-sheeted for criminal activity and corruption. The Supreme Court of India on 28th April 2011 ruled that government doctors on private practice charging consultation fees from patients in a clinic during spare time could neither be accused as indulging in trade nor be booked under anti-corruption law. Section 168 of the Indian Penal Code stipulates that a government servant engaging in trade is an offence. Prevention of Corruption Act states that a government servant accepting money for service is corruption. The Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra quashed Punjab governments’ plea that the accused doctors’ private practice deserved criminal prosecution for both. The bench held that their act deserved only a minor departmental action for breaching a government order banning private practice. Corruption means demanding and accepting illegal gratification for doing an official act. Looking patients in their private clinic or home is not an official act and therefore that act is not corruption. Receiving fees for a non-official act is not illegal gratification but only professional remuneration. In the Judges’ learned opinion, holding this acceptance of professional remuneration for non-official consultation as corruption and offence is preposterous, and is against common sense. Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra made it clear in her verdict that these doctors’ violation of a government order banning private practice ‘fall within the ambit of misconduct to be dealt with under the service rules but would not constitute a criminal offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act’. Treatment of patients by a doctor cannot be treated as a trade because the doctor’s duty to treat patients is in the discharge of his professional duty. The Supreme Court severely criticized the police for charge-sheeting the doctors under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The sudden reaction of politicians, bureaucrats and media men to this Supreme Court verdict was their response that it was time for amending the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act to book doctors by any means, not expression of a willingness to bring legislation upholding the spirit of the views expressed by the learned judges in their verdict. Private practice by government doctors is not a crime in the eyes of the learned judges in the Supreme Court but in politicians’ eyes, it is a far greater threat to the nation than stealing billions each year from government and stashing them abroad in secret Swiss bank accounts!

9. Half-baked brains taken out of ovens before fully cooked, with which to rule over intellects and gentiles.

So, we are left with only the question of violation of a government order so far as doctors’ private practice is concerned. Looking patients in homes and accepting fees for that professional service done outside duty hours is neither corruption nor criminal activity according to Indian law, till perhaps the majority of angry politicians in parliament happily unite and amend law to make it so. Doctors doing private practice can only be subjected to departmental actions for violating standing government orders, the end result would probably be barring annual increments or dismissing at the most, not disbarring from profession and imprisonment. Government orders, dictated by politicians and issued by bureaucrats, can at times be right but almost always be wrong, considering the quantity of intellect that goes into the making of them. Our intelligent doctor who has studied medicine for years and knows every problem associated with patient care is now forced to obey blindly orders formulated and issued by some who does not know anything about the problems in the field, without given an opportunity to large upon their merits and demerits or voice dissent. Before we examine whether doctors are not represented in government while these decisions are taken, it is better to examine how wanton orders with detrimental, devastating effects in health are sired by self-interested politicians and enforced with state’s authority. Government issuing an order banning the private practice of doctors is not something to be taken blindly or seriously. We all know now about the wisdom, thought and foresight that do not go as ingredients into them. There may be a few born out of sophisticated learning and diligent care but they were all born in bygone generations. Now the motive behind each government orders is to show favouritism to the close and near, compliments to favours received, repayment of monetary gratification, to beat enemy before he gets a chance and to give ruling politicians’ tactics a legal footage. We can cite hundreds of such orders issued each year by government secretaries, ordered by state ministers, who obey only their party men. If there was a speck of sincerity behind this order of private practice ban, it ought to have been the last in a series of orders, not the first, on the introduction of reforms in hospitals or cancellation of earlier unwise introductions. For example, the government did not issue orders cancelling the introduction of fees for hospital treatment. If parliament members, assembly members and ministers can get free treatment in government hospitals, so can people. If there are enough funds and resources to treat them, there should be enough to treat people also. Government also did not issue orders withdrawing substitution of protein-rich porridge diet in hospitals with stale dry machine-made bread. Government did not issue orders cancelling the stopping of issuing boiled milk to patients and beginning to issue three plastic covers of raw milk to each two patients instead. How are they supposed to split and boil this milk in hospitals? When people rushed to roadside tea shops to get them boiled, politicians and bureaucrats got these road-side tea shops raided, closed and removed through food safety authorities and city corporations. Now all hospital have neat, clean, shop-less road-fronts and politicians and district collectors passing through these spots pride in their work-what can we say except abominable, base creatures flitting in people’s cars, getting paid by people? Those who want to bring goodness and solace to government hospitals would always be thinking about how these miserable situations could be addressed, in their day and in their dreams. But people who keep eternal hell in their minds in the form of jealousy and hatred towards others and are perpetually tormented as in Dante’s hell by the burning shells of these Satanic emotions would always be thinking about how others’ lives could be made into hell. These authorities’ brains remind us of half-baked things hastily taken out of ovens before they are fully cooked, half-baked brains with which they rule over intellects and gentiles.

10. Increase the number of nursing trainee seats, cause overcrowding around mental patients, destroy the tranquillity around them to cure.

Doctors Practice P S Remesh 05 Brought back to health again by angels. U S Navy staff Steven KingBrought back to health again by angels.

Since we are concerned here about for whom government orders are made and how they help or destroy government hospitals, we shall examine the example of one made in the field of a medical specialty of special attention where utmost care and foresight is expected to be there behind each government order. Let us take this example also from the psychiatry field. Psychiatric patients are not capable of voicing their opinions, therefore government orders made in this field have to be the most careful, thought about, and wise. Psychiatric patients always being surrounded by doctors, nurses, assistants and students is not an advisable situation as it would reduce the minimum tranquillity these patients need to recover. As the number of attending doctors, nurses and attendants cannot be lowered below the minimum of what is stipulated, the only number that could be limited is that of students. World’s legislations in this matter considered the different aspects of this situation and set it so that the number of nursing students admitted each year to mental institutions for training shall not exceed one third of the total bed strength there, even which would be more than overcrowding for patients. In Kerala, considered perhaps to be the most health-conscious state in India with remarkable achievements in health- all of which gained four decades back and even commended once by the World Health Organization for these achievements- an unprecedented number of new nursing schools came to be established recently, prompted by government to check money drain to neighbouring states of Tamilnadu, Andhra and Karnataka. None of these schools were attached to medical colleges and as such could not ensure psychiatric training facilities for all their General Nursing, B.Sc. Nursing and M.Sc. Nursing students as part of internship, due to scantiness of mental hospitals and restriction in trainee seats in government mental hospitals. Once they could be sure of securing training facilities for all in mental hospitals, they could admit any number of nursing students and reap billions, a part of which would finally reach politicians and bureaucrats. They moved their patronizing politicians who moved government secretaries who moved government and obtained a series of government orders liberalizing norms for admitting student trainees in mental hospitals, raising the ratio each time proportional to the amounts released by each nursing school. Now, after just five years of beginning this process, this percentage has risen to 75, meaning every 100 patients in mental hospitals in Kerala will have 75 nursing trainees around them instead of the stipulated 33. States cannot do this unless National Mental Health Act and Rules are modified and the Nursing Council of India and the Medical Council of India thinned their regulations which they never did. It was this act of violation which actually needed criminal prosecution and booking under Anti Corruption Law and Criminal Procedure Code for they were attempts on the lives of mental patients. Not one among these illegal orders had a single line expressing anxiety over how the resultant over crowding was going to affect the recovery of patients. In fact, the designers and signatories of these orders live in constant fear of when the question of this overcrowding around mental patients would be raised by the civilian society and vigilant citizens of India and investigations begin. They were all signed by Indian Administrative Service personnel, ordered by state ministers or issued even without their knowledge. None among these politicians and bureaucrats in the executive reported and brought this to the attention of parliament or judiciary. It was a sweet pie and everyone wanted a cut. There are two weak arguments they raise as justification for this violation- relaxation in their terms- training more number of nursing students is a state’s need and revenue from nursing schools is essential for running these hospitals. Statistics, if revealed, will show that the rising number of nursing students and the number of returning patients are directly proportional. If recovery of patients cannot be helped, why hospitals function? Starting nursing schools without linkage to medical colleges was the nursing school managements’ fault carefully overlooked by politicians and bureaucrats. Not one single rupee is needed from this source of revenue for running psychiatric hospitals; one need only to look at the unbelievably huge amounts of liberal funds the government of India floods the states with under the National Mental Health Programme, a priority sector of government. Money which is important is those which the nursing schools pay to politicians and bureaucrats as gratification.

11. How they make this happen each year, making billions for pharmaceutical companies and private hospitals?

As we have seen, there is no sacredness or infallibility in government orders in the field of health. They are more or less meant to destruct the free hospital system in India and to drive away patients from government hospitals to private institutions. We are yet to see and feel the full impact of the greed of these mammoth private hospitals because the destruction of government hospitals is not yet complete. Once it is finished, we will see and feel it and wish to burn these privates down even if we won’t get any treatment when we die. By that time, politicians and bureaucrats would have made small private clinics and doctors’ home consultancies totally extinct. There would only be these giants gaping their mouths for money, meanwhile doing everything they can for spreading diseases by releasing toxins in wayward researches and installing intricate mechanisms for nosocomial infections- treacherous manipulations we read about in medical thrillers such as those written by our beloved doctor Robin Cook. He was not raising plots from fiction but basing fiction on facts- on real incidents and mathematical probabilities assisted by meticulous research- like Jules Verne and H.G.Wells. When the things we fear happen, health care would have become not a responsibility of state long ago except for parliamentarians and state ministers and top level bureaucrats. Just like those people who reminisce about the time before the Great Change in H.G.Wells’ novel In The Days Of The Comet, people will remember those nostalgic days when state provided free hospital treatment for them all when they became sick and treated them to fitness to work again. Lethargy of diseases would make us vaguely reminisce about the sequence of events that led to our fall. We will remember the days when they first bifurcated health services into so many tiny departments such as employees’ insurance, medical education, prevention of food adulteration, etc, etc, so that there were so many directors’ seats for all their sons-in-law to sit in. The end result was, no one knew where to go or who to see for each service which was all obtained under one roof once. Then they detached sanitation from experts’ health department and attached it to local bodies called village councils where the responsibility for sanitation and killing mosquitoes fell into the hands of corrupt local politicians. When materials and money vanished into their pockets and chlorine and DDT reached nowhere near canals, ponds and drains, mosquitoes doubled, tripled and quadrupled and we got dengue and chikungunya. When we went to local government hospitals, we were told that there were not facilities for treating these diseases and that all doctors had been dismissed for private practice and advised us to go to medical colleges. When we went there, there were not enough places for all of us to bed and so we went to private hospitals where they squeezed 45000 rupees out of each of us for treating dengue and chikungunya. Of this, we knew 15000 reached those very politicians when elections came. One lakh people affected by dengue each year made them richer by 4500 millions out of which 1500 millions reached politicians and bureaucrats each year. Joining dots in the puzzle, we learned why each government order was devised by them and how they dismantled free hospitals brick by brick. In the haze of the delusion of fever and through the veil of dizziness of diseases we could vaguely see our last hope of saving those small clinics and public doctors’ home practices drifting away to the misty horizon, the last push seaward thrust by the politicians we elected and the bureaucrats we paid, like the last thrust of Longinus’ spear on the dying body of our saviour.

12. Four hours rest and sleep for prime ministers and scientists is dedication, but with doctors it is called greed.

Doctors Practice P S Remesh 06 Will they return to music of home bells. Michael Rivera.Will they return to music of home bells?

PART 2. DOCTORS SHALL NEVER CLOSE THEIR DOORS

Updating knowledge is necessary in every profession and doctors also do this to remain in profession, irrespective of whether they are paid Non-Practicing Allowance or not to compensate for longer duration of studies and the resultant late joining of service, to make up revenue loss from abandoning private practice and spending more time on updating knowledge. Non practicing allowance is treacherous bait by government to lure people’s attention away from doctors’ and patients’ real problems. They do not pay this to nurses, technicians, pharmacists, or any other category of trained hospital staff, equally much sought-after professionals, for not doing private practice even after strong long demands from their organizations. NPA is not a benevolent concession but treacherous bait, meant to capture doctors alone. The doctors do have and should have the option to receive or not Non Practicing Allowance and remain outside or inside home practice. If they opt for NPA and do home practice, that is wrong but if they opt out NPA and look patients in their homes, that is just and right. Here what we see is government blanket-banning private practice to suit politicians’ hidden agenda, ordering compulsory acceptance of Non Practicing Allowance and denying doctors their rightful practice and patients their rightful treatment. What the world does not seem to consider is, how much time is left for a doctor after doing his hospital duties, to treat patients in his home. What the world also forgets to see is the money and time state ministers spend on travelling official to inaugurate puny little things of no importance, like massage centres, bar hotels and beach resorts. Is it state duty? When a doctor treats patients in his home in addition to his official duties, that much number of patients are attended and cured, without the state having have to incur any expenses. He will get three or four hours rest and sleep, which when happens in the case of great scientists and prime ministers, we will call it dedication to work and selflessness, but when it happens with doctors, politicians like to call it greed and people call it devotion and care. Let them have the option to receive or not Non Practicing Allowance, but do not enforce it on this noble profession which needs many years’ learning and training for perfecting and round-the-clock patience and presence of mind to remain noble, a profession much respected in the world than politics.

13. There is some kind of fishiness in government’s decisions in ordering specialists not to work privately.

Clinical laboratories need hematologists, pathologists and microbiologists to run tests but these medical specialists are not easily available to private laboratories. So they engage government specialists to work in spare time and on off-duty days. There again it is patients who get services of the best, which saves their lives. It is because government hospitals do not have facilities to test all patients or conduct all tests that patients go to these private laboratories. They are proof of authorities’ negligence and dereliction in setting up well-equipped laboratories attached to hospitals from the village level up to the metros. If government labs were equipped and staffed well, government specialists would have done these tests in government hospitals. Without equipping government labs, dictating specialists not to attend spare time duties in private clinics, is denying best services to patients; it is politician’s jealousy for professionalism. Let professionals work wherever they are needed, which would alleviate pains and solve health problems more effectively. We expect specialists to be allowed to practice privately and freely as there are not enough numbers of them compared to general practitioners, but here what we see is, in general medicine a doctor can practice but in specialties like much needed pathology, microbiology and hematology one is not allowed to. There is some kind of fishiness in government decisions in this matter. They decide which specialties are to be included in the ban or excluded from calculating on from which the great private hospitals expect and need a great influx of patients. Is it time politicians in government are seized and subjected to forced psychiatric treatment, before more delusional and hallucinatory decisions are taken and health services ruined beyond repairs? Sometimes, a skilled anesthetist will have to be called by a private hospital to attend to an operation on a patient there. Anesthetists are an essential part of an operating team who can make it a success or failure. A skilled anesthetist is a much sought-after thing. If an anesthetist is free and an operating team in a private hospital is in need of one for saving the life of a patient, what wrong is there in spending his spare time to save the life of another human being? But this jealous politician of ours is against such loftiness and has decided to include anesthesia in the list of banned specialties; we know he was a lesser-learned craft teacher in a primary school in his former life before coming into politics and becoming a health minister. If he is questioned, his young followers will rush into the hospital and seize doctors by their collars as they did in Uttar Pradesh. We the people are in a way lonely and those skilled physicians who can save our lives are bound hand and foot by undereducated politicians so that they won’t be able to save us- these politicians we elect each time casting our votes, to save our country from not falling into autocracy or despotism but for remaining in democracy.

14. There are medical teachers who do not practice and medical practitioners who do not teach, but a practicing teacher is the ideal one.

An immense store of medical knowledge and experience rests with private sector and home practice but medical colleges want only full time faculty members in their staff; so this vast knowledge repository remains untapped and medical students can not make use of this untapped potential. Treating patients who remain outside the main stream of medical care, these doctors have unique experiences which, if engaged as part-time faculties in medical colleges, they would only have been glad to share with our future doctors. Some diseases which are unique to a place could only be learned this way. What awaits a medical student when he goes to meet the outside world of patients after graduation could only be learned this way- the untold experiences of a novice to into the field, the crude pagan practice unaided and not back-supported by establishments, the dire circumstances of meeting emergencies with one’s own bare hands and brain, the lessons from direct confrontation with patients in the patients’ locale, unique to a beginner. Moreover, by getting part-time-employed as teacher, the private doctor also gets an opportunity to learn more and research. What use is there of an academic teacher in a medical college who has not had any direct contact with patients for a long time? He could easily be substituted by a good text book or several of them. Teaching allows the private doctor to update himself and the medical student to get balanced convictions on the applications of medical knowledge. Teaching medicine needs a balanced and experienced mind, born out of knowledge gained from facing challenges in treating community without the supporting facilities of institutions- the first letters of medical education. A doctor who has never remained outside the environment of a large hospital can never acquire this unique knowledge which when transferred to medical students is one of the most invaluable gifts they can get from their teachers. It is a rare knowledge without which their education would not be complete. The historic conviction of medical education and training is to empower a person gain medical knowledge and become able to treat other persons without the help of clinical implements including the stethoscope and the thermo meter, and without the assistance of others including an orderly or a nurse. Doctoring is not supposed to be one working under the umbrella of the assistance of many; it is always one person equipping himself for a one man mission and going alone in the rain. Doctors, who train themselves to work only inside the protective environments of establishments, fail miserably when they step out into the outside community. If medical college teachers won’t be able to practice privately, then recruiting experienced doctors from the private field as part-time teachers would be the only solution left to make medical education balanced and complete. There are medical teachers who do not practice and medical practitioners who do not teach, but a practicing teacher is the ideal one in the field of medicine.

15. Doctors caught hostages in people’s war against corruption; if people let politicians and bureaucrats go, they will release doctors to people.

Doctors Practice P S Remesh 07 Patience, diligence and care, their face marks. Pascal Dagnan Bouveret 1879Patience, diligence and care, their face marks.

It is the most brilliant brains of a country who turn to studying medicine. Their brilliance and kindness make them succeed in developing good relations with patients and the society and build up confidence through dedicated work of generations. Then politicians, bureaucrats, journalists, lawmen and policemen, other professionals who suddenly find themselves surrounded by crowds accusing corruption, bribery, scams and crimes, find out that private practice of government doctors is the source of all evils in the world. This movement against doctors in India was, not surprisingly, simultaneous with the exposure each of these great money scams involving politicians and bureaucrats. Only politicians and bureaucrats were involved in these horrendous scams and thefts. Not one doctor was ever but associated with them, except perhaps any of those who were engaged as ministers in the central cabinet. Within a span of twenty years, the exact age of the exposure of great governmental money scams in India, doctors’ looking patients in their homes began to be criminalized, they hunted, prosecuted and persecuted, and their links to patients severed. It is like doctors being caught as hostages in the peoples’ war against corruption; if people stop their war and let politicians and bureaucrats go free, they will release doctors and return them to their homes for practice. Future history of the world will probably mark this as the most brilliant intellectual sabotage of this century. We shall not consider this improbable because such massive scams as happened in India have not happened anywhere else in the world and the way of escape they devise also would be unique and unprecedented in the world.

When the number of students seeking admission to history courses in Indian universities began to decrease and there were only third-rated students available for studying history, the Indian History Congress out of desperation made a call for all brilliant students to turn to study of history from study of science so that history would remain in the hands of the brilliant. It will not be too long before the Indian Medical Congress also makes a similar appeal. More bright students turn to study of Information Technology and Computer Science now or even Avionics and Naval Architecture considering the freedom, recognition and salary in those fields; lesser number of brilliant students now turns to medicine considering the strenuous job requirements, legal liability and obligations, low salaries and maniacal government regulations. A young man who studies 12 years before graduation and spends 5 more years for MBBS, 2 more years for MD or MS and again 2 more years for some kind of post graduate specialization joins government much later than an IT professional does and draws only a fraction of the IT person’s salaries, with all possible risks and allegations, even arrest and prosecution for home practice. Still, all seats in medical colleges in India are filled up but by the average and no-brilliant rich. Think about a misguided and rotten administrative set up which drives away brilliant brains from the field of medicine and filling that field with poor intelligence. This is the effect of giving a ruling representative class the privileges of being taken abroad for treatment at people’s expense. Had these people’s representatives not been privileged enough to be taken abroad for treatment when they need it, would they have filled the medical field of the country with poor intelligence?

16. Magnanimity and glory happen every day, every hour, in hospitals and doctors’ homes but they do not advertise these like politicians do.

Doctors squeezing patients in their home is a myth. There might be a few who stain that profession as there are in any profession but many doctors, when we go see them in their home, would accept only a token consultation fee after which, even if it takes dozens of visits before the patients is cured, will not accept any more money. Once, a government servant went to a doctor’s home and gave her 200 rupees for looking his wife who was carrying for the second time. She had not taken a particular injection after the first delivery and so had complications during the second. Since when she was 4 months pregnant, this doctor attended to her till child birth. At times, she drove her car herself to the hospital at midnight when her presence was needed in hospital for this patient. During the entire period of pregnancy, she declined to accept any more money. 200 rupees was enough for her till the patient went out of hospital happy with a child. She actually had spent many times more money for purchasing petrol for these night trips than what she had accepted as token fee. The only other thing she did was presenting this patient as a study model for her students in the hospital which was but professionalism. Such incidents of magnanimity and glory happen every day, every hour in hospitals and doctors’ homes and they do not advertise these like politicians do; they simply remain untold things of pleasant remembrances to patients and relatives, rousing respect for doctors and elevating doctors to the level of gods. Had there been no such frequent incidents in hospitals, there would have been continuous uproar, protests and even burning in hospitals by public against governments’ injustices and these public institutions would already have become outdated and gone. Many doctors spend their money for purchasing medicines for patients or give it as bus fare to them. Thousands of doctors give away what they get to patients and live in debt or with what their wives get. They are regular customers of banks for loans, not deposits. The majority of them regularly obtain loans from banks for educating their children and constructing homes. Home is just another place for them to continue charity as they cannot sit in hospitals after duty time. We will not believe many among them do private practice so as to be available in their homes for natives to visit and consult them at all odd hours, with not a single coin in their hands. If they close their doors, where will these poor people go? Many doctors in Kerala, especially very senior women doctors, come to work in public buses, and if unavoidable, in auto rickshaws. Many do not have cars even after long service. These doctors, who are the beloveds of their people, earn nothing in home practice except perhaps fish, tapioca, plantain and fresh vegetables as presentations from these ‘friends’. One such doctor in a rural headquarters in Trivandrum died money-less after 32 years of service as civil surgeon. Natives of his town took a collection to support his family, actually their beloved family. This article is dedicated to this beloved doctor of the masses whose name is known but shall not be mentioned here, out of propriety and respect for his family.

17. Doctors who took leave and went abroad escaped punishment; those who remained to treat natives persecuted and hunted.

Doctors Practice P S Remesh 08 Tools of a doctors trade to save lives. Joe MabelTools of a doctors trade to save lives.

Some doctors do send bagfuls of money to banks each day collected from private consultation but we shall not be jealous. Think about the time, effort and energy they spend during the long years of study, the longest when compared to those bureaucrats in IAS, IFS, IES and IPS. Brain drain of doctors to England, America, Australia and the Middle East has been going on for so many years because there were not brighter brains in government to prevent it. There were early warnings about this from learned and foresighted quarters but authorities heeded not these warnings. Billions of rupees spent by the country for educating these brains became useless for the country and all of those who could secure a pass port, travel ticket and grant of leave left the land. Only those with domestic encumbrances such as little children, ailing wives and aged parents remained to treat natives. It is those who remained to treat natives who are hunted for private practice now. Today, when government tries to fill up vacancies of doctors in hospitals, there are none to take up employment with government. We cannot punish those bureaucrats and state ministers who brought about this situation through their irresponsibility and unwisdom because they have constitutional immunity. But which doctor would have gone abroad leaving native practice and a family behind if equally attractive pay was paid and equally reliable equipments were provided in native hospitals? So, our jealous bureaucrat nipped in bud all such positive thoughts and prompted government to believe that if private practice ban is enforced fiercely and more and more doctors punished for private practice, they will get the heat and come government’s way. What actually happened was the other way; attraction for government service ceased and private hospitals came up everywhere to bridge the gap. In future, to get doctors for working in government hospitals, they will have to pay more than what the private hospitals and foreign governments pay, thanks to the advice of wicked bureaucrats and crooked politicians. If you are beginning to point out that there are handsome retirement benefits and pension schemes in government, know that they are all already done with after new parliamentary legislations, to a level much lower than that of private hospitals. Do not think politicians and bureaucrats in the country are totally ignorant and short-sighted; they are not and they want total destruction of the famous free hospital system of India which has been a model to the world, and to prepare way for their sons and daughters in giant private hospitals and mammoth medical companies.

18. Government sells patients’ rights and privacy for money, permit mobile phone cameras inside and open asylums for film shooting.

If doctors’ books and income tax returns do not show their income from private practice, it is government’s duty to see that it is done. If doctors are not seen present in their duty stations in hospitals, it is again government’s duty to see that they are present there. Government’s failure in both responsibilities and attributing responsibility for their failure to doctors’ practicing in homes is the actual criminality, the politicians’ and bureaucrats’ usual way of escaping from allegations of failure in their duties. If doctors in government hospitals demand money for looking patients or neglects to care them for not paying them money or ask them to come to their homes, it is entirely different, again another burden of government in moving preventive and investigating machinery inside the hospital. Government fails in these things of hospital administration and escapes from shouldering the responsibility for its failure by sensationalizing doctors’ private practice as criminal activity. If the sting operations they conduct in doctors’ houses are done in the hospitals, reputation of those hospitals would be in peril and health minister, health secretary and director of health services will have to resign. Raiding doctors’ homes with full television coverage instead is easier and popular. When some new news channel is inaugurated or an existing one suffers from popularity-fall and credit-rating due to appearance of a new one, they will place telescopic cameras on nearby house roofs and live-televise patients coming to the doctor’s house or clinic. The next day, politicians and bureaucrats would rise up as if they were not cued, suspend the doctor and make it the news of the year. These media people nor the politicians and bureaucrats who celebrate this news are not intelligent and humane enough to know about the pangs in the heart of that dedicated doctor who cannot deny treatment to those human beings come to his home, and are neither noble enough to be aware of the feelings of destitution and abandonment passing through the minds of those patients beings photographed through tele-lenses from a distance- cold, shivering and disease-stricken. Mental Health Acts of the world forbids filming and showing in pictures the patients in mental hospitals revealing their identity. One new news television channel in Kerala repeatedly showed this way, patients in a mental hospital being washed in bath houses. No bureaucrat or politician or government did rise up, protest and prosecute the channel for violating the sacredness and privacy of mentally disturbed citizens. Brethren media never took up this violation of patients’ rights as news or issue. Political parties never condemned this exposure of mindless patients. Not only doctors but politicians and media men as well have to keep professional ethics and protocols. But government even sells mental patients’ rights and privacy for money by permitting freely using mobile phone cameras by trainees inside asylums and opening asylums for film shooting.

19. Equipments in government hospitals are equally accessible to public and private patients.

Why doctors join government service nowadays is not for the pay, which is handsomer at private hospitals, but for the equipments in government hospitals. Considering the unlimited resources of government, public hospitals are well equipped to treat almost all diseases, if these equipments work. Private hospitals cannot compete with government in investing as much in purchasing equipments as the government can. At a time when government hospitals were the only option for doctors to join, things went smoothly. Even doctors’ private patients needed these equipments but we needn’t bother because patients are not to be classified as public and private since they are all citizens; it only needs that all patients are cured. Private patients coming to public hospitals for inpatient services and using these equipments needn’t be viewed from a commercial angle because government hospitals, at least in India, are not meant to function as commercial enterprises. Health services in India are not earning departments but free service organizations until politicians and bureaucrats succeed in making it the other way. The nation only wants all citizens to be cured. Their having paid the doctor is not disqualification for depriving them of their rights to access government hospitals; there is a paid departmental vigilance organ to detect discrimination if any that doctors may show to unpaid patients. There is no question of ethics involved. Except in cities, India does not have enough doctors. In villages, there is not a single one practicing. Doctors in government hospitals living and practicing in villages- those who come forward willingly to work in villages- is the only solace the Indians have. It is one thing to sit in ivory towers called government secretariates and order capture of home practicing doctors and another to provide treatment facilities for all villages, especially during night.

20. Who will go to a doctor’s home practice if he has made a monstrous reputation in hospital?

Doctors Practice P S Remesh 09 When there were no health industries. Joe Mabel Ceramic mortars and pestles.When there were no health industries.

A few surgeons do delay operations of patients who do not see them in private and assign earlier dates to those who do go see them. Compelled this way to undergo unendurable agony and anxiety for longer periods, they too will yield and pay up as that doctor would be the only available one in that faculty to treat them and most probably the best. Government vigilance and hospital vigilance miserably fail in checking this untoward practice in the hospital; instead they raid doctors’ homes to terrorize them, which cannot be said to be not having some justification. But that shall not be an excuse for blanket-banning private practice. Some doctors doing home practice as well do not look patients well in hospitals unless they belong to their clientele which is what makes people angry and moves government to ban private practice. If a government doctor continuously ignores his non-paying patients, treats them badly or not at all treats them and makes a bad reputation on this account in the hospital, it is more likely no one will ever go to his home practice unless he is the only doctor in a village. If everyone is treated well irrespective of whether they pay him or not and if he gains a reputation for this kind of behaviour, it is then that people crowds into his home or clinic. A government doctor doing no private practice can certainly do this kind of injustice to patients in the hospital because he has nothing to loose by creating a monstrous reputation but a doctor doing private practice cannot afford it. It is clear, the private practicing doctor is the better one. The private practitioner will try everyway, everyday, to correct his mistakes in practice and policy and improve the quality of his care both at the hospital and at his home. Good behaviour and diligent care are rewarding investments and is the most effective advertisement for a private consultancy. Which other shop establishment is there which collects as much as this one does without investing a single rupee in advertisement? Some are lazy indeed in attending hospital but only a few. Not that doctors are always available to patients in hospital. Being attendants to quite a number of medico-legal cases and issuance of wound certificates and post-mortem examination certificates, they will be summoned regularly to law courts as witnesses, during which days they will not be present in hospitals, leading to the general misconception that they are always absent. Their absence will have many other reasons also which would not be known to public but would add to the general misconception. Most doctors in government hospitals would not have to attend O.P.Department on all days; it would often be two days in a week. A patient come to see him is directed to take several tests the results of which won’t be available till the evening or the next day when this particular doctor would not be available in the O.P. or would have gone home. If the doctor is available in his home, the patient can see him there. But if he is not allowed to see him there, he has to wait for two or three more days till the doctor’s next O.P. day arrives when his physical conditions may have changed meantime and tests will have to be done again and results obtained. This cycle will go on endlessly without him ever having getting a chance to see the doctor and his condition worsening all the while. You may ask why this patient wants to see this particular doctor alone; he is the best and it is this patient’s right to see the best. Denying him the best is violation of his right.

The government only needs ensure that doctors are attending patients in hospitals during duty hours. Check the hospital, not the doctors’ houses. What strange and bizarre things will people find out if they check what state ministers are doing absenting themselves from ministries during duty time? What a doctor does in his free time is his affair, not government’s or anyone else’s. Instead of going to cinema, dance, booze parties or other wanton time passes, if he decides to spend that time also in treating patients, it is something to be commended, not condemned. The more number of patients get healed, the better it is for human society. Instead of thinking this rational way, if government attempts to treat his devoting spare time also for treating patients as a crime and spread unwise train of thoughts among people through government propaganda, it is time people interferes. The higher the expenses society incurs to educate a person, the more he is expected to give back in time and efficacy to society. Government can say that he is paid to spend his spare time also for further studies, but treating more patients is a doctor’s study. Even if he does not read about current innovations in the field of medicine, it is his affair, as people would recognize his lack of updating and choose other doctors in their wisdom.

21. Who represent doctors in government when crucial decisions are made?

It is a good thing now to enquire who represents doctors in government when crucial decisions affecting the future of patients and doctors are taken. There is the health minister, the health secretary and commissioner and the directors of health services in the state. The director of health services in the state would be the only person in these committees who is qualified as a doctor. But to become a director of health services now, one should have abandoned clinical practice and hospital duties so many years back and taken up administration to become the senior most file pusher in the state with no actual contact with patients for years and with no hope of ever going back to practice. Limited to salaries alone, he would be jealous of all serving doctors who earn an additional income from private practice. And hence, the customary animosity towards private practice! We know that a very good doctor who is considered as a success by people would never even think about leaving practice even for a few years and abandon stethoscope and the surgeon’s knife to take up pen. Thus, we always have an intolerant and incompetent doctor-turned-bureaucrat to represent doctors in government to decide upon health issues and home practice of doctors. No wonder they decide against. Their favouritism and secret allegiance do not but prevent them from excluding certain categories from the purview of their dictates. Those categories and specialties which necessitate costly treatments and are more profitable to private hospitals are included in the ban- such faculties as hematology which becomes pivotal after conditions of blood count-fall following widespread afflictions of dengue and chikungunya- so that doctors won’t be available in their homes for treatment of afflicted patients and they will all go to large private hospitals. It was state’s failure that led to the widespread sweep of these diseases, and when the number of patients with fallen blood counts increased, government banned hematology in private practice. Politicians and bureaucrats in government applied the double tactics of keeping government hospitals under-staffed and under-equipped to treat these diseases and when conditions worsen, banning hematologists from private practice, causing unprecedented flow of patients to private hospitals during infection seasons which are now all months. When state ministers and bureaucrats flew in costly by people’s cars funded by people’s money, we thought they were running to hold meetings to discuss ways of tackling these diseases and saving people; they were running to see whether the flow of patients to private hospitals were smooth. What shall we do, skin them alive or hang, for doing this work of Judas Iscariot? Even this nominal representation of doctors through the directors of health services in government is going to end; their presence in decision-making bodies is felt a nuisance by other members. Health sector has the biggest budgetary provisions in the country and siphoning out even a small percentage from it would be unending manna for politicians, enough to sustain them through generations. So, these politicians are now thinking about replacing doctors in the posts of directors of health services with IAS personnel so that when large scale and massive corruptions begin, there would not be any third parties like doctors in the field but only politicians and bureaucrats. People’s first reaction would be to protest against non-doctors becoming directors of health services in the states but governments have a ready answer- there are MBBS degree holders among IAS officers. But what kinds of creatures are these IAS officers with just medical degree certificates kept in cupboards to replace doctors with long experiences in medical practice and patient care? If he was good at medicine, would he have gone to IAS?

22. Working men, housewives and students prefer seeing doctor in his home in the evening.

Doctors Practice P S Remesh 10 When health monopolies rule. Joe Mabel Apothecary in display.When health monopolies rule.

PART 3. TREATMENT IS PEOPLE’S BIRTH RIGHT

Those who go to see a doctor in his home are not the same ones who go to see him in hospital. Some may be, but the time these two categories choose to see a doctor is different. Those who can spare their day time go to hospital while those who cannot, go see him in his home in the evening. Housewives engaged in domestic chores who finish them only by the evening and workers who cannot take a day off from their work see the doctor in his home in the evening. When hospitalization becomes inevitable, schedules change and they both sacrifice time and work to get fit again. Children attending schools also are taken to doctors in the evening. Rude behavior of hospital staff, long queue, confusion as to where each department is located and delay in getting lab results are also deterrent factors driving patients away from government hospitals to doctors’ homes. In home consultancy, the doctor will give them sample medicines which most often would be more effective than those they buy from medical shops. When hospitalization needs, whether the doctor sends them to government or a private hospital is no one’s concern, as overcrowding in either one of these places would be reduced. If we are bold enough to subtract the number of working men, housewives and students from the patient population, there would only be old people, unemployed young men and girls and a few regular salaried employees whom government hospitals cater to. Even to them, the present hospital facilities are inadequate. Then what will happen if the former category also joins the queue? A working man will be able to go see a doctor only in the evening when there won’t be hospitals available. So, he goes see a doctor in his house. When this stops, do not think he will go to hospital by day which he cannot for fear of loosing job. He postpones treatment and learns to live with the problem for a time. The disease becomes chronic and when it is identified, it is too late. The man looses his job, his family looses the man and society looses that family. Thousands of such families vanish from before our eyes each day. Private practice of doctors is chiefly in the evening when hospitals won’t be available to patients. States which are more realistic to recognize this are situated in the north eastern borders of India. In Arunachal Pradesh, the state government started evening clinics from 5 pm to 7 pm for the convenience of workers, charging 150 rupees per person of which Rs.90 goes to the doctor, 30 to the hospital,15 to the supporting staff and15 to the government. Even though the rate is far higher than what a doctor normally charges, it is a modest admission of the services doctors had been doing in the evening in their spare time. Government in Assam was the most realistic to make Non Practicing Allowance optional.

23. When malnutrition, hunger and diseases are reported, tomorrow it will be picture of the Indian child shown replacing Somali Land children.

 Doctors Practice P S Remesh 11 Dr. Samuel D. Gross lecturing in amphitheatre. Thomas Eakins 1875 Phila Museum of Art.Dr. Samuel D. Gross lecturing in amphitheatre. Thomas Eakins 1875.

Poor people need medical attendance and it is the duty of government to ensure it. Government is obliged to reduce its administrative expenses, curtail lavishness, conserve money and divert it to providing poor people with food, shelter, clothing and medical attendance. Hospitals are the first place where everything has to be free, for diseases attack us when we have no money in our pockets. Healing the citizen and making him fit to work again is what any decent man, relative or government shall do. Once he is healthy again and can look after his things he is discharged but in the hospital another sick would have taken his place by this time. That is the continuous service of healing hospitals undertake, making citizens fit to work again. It is when citizens are not fit to work that economy of a country collapses and that is why governments build hospitals; it is not out of charity and sympathy. When citizens cannot recover their fitness to work due to poorness, it is the economy of the country that becomes wrecked. Since poor people are the majority in countries like India, making hospitals costly and inaccessible to them will have its direct negative impact on the economy of the country. At one time, when world spoke about hunger, malnutrition and diseases, we saw in newspapers the picture of some SomaliLand children, not to disparage that nation, and we know that that country never recovered from its economic wreckdom. If hospital treatment costs higher and higher this way, tomorrow it will be the picture of the Indian child shown, with signs of a collapsed economy in the background.

24. Sanctioning long leave for doctors for going abroad was the lucrative business of politicians and bureaucrats for years.

Conditions existing in government hospitals are sad and dismal. Medicines are a rare commodity. Hospitals cannot purchase medicines directly from suppliers. There is a central purchasing committee headed by an I.A.S. officer and a director of health services. It is the duty of these bureaucrats to ensure that all indented medicines are ordered in advance and received into stock in all hospitals. It is not a duty of the doctor to stock the hospital, but that of the bureaucrat. These bureaucrats seldom care about stocking hospital pharmacies in time, and in every state they are held in corruption charges in connection with purchases of medicines and equipments. In states like Kerala, government constituted Medical Service Corporations for purchasing medicines and supplying them to hospitals. If medicines are not available in a hospital and doctors are signing prescriptions for purchasing them from outside, remember that there is always a corrupt, negligent and haughty bureaucrat behind this situation in that state. That is the case with non-working instruments and equipments also. In most hospitals, there are no doctors available to treat patients. Thousands of posts of doctors are lying vacant for years, the actual number of which will never be revealed. While there was acute shortage of doctors in hospitals, the IAS personnel in government were sanctioning long leave for thousands of doctors for taking up better employment abroad, for five years, ten years and then for fifteen years, if they had fat purses. We never heard of a health secretary or commissioner suspended, dismissed or prosecuted for doing this, based on virtual statistics made up by the interested and the involved. How much amounts changed hands for granting each of these leaves were never investigated. A few doctors remained in the states without going abroad for making money like others, contended with what they get as salaries in their native land. Those who loved their family to get burdened with looking after aged parents and educating children also did not go abroad. They turned instead to private practice to make up. It is they who are being persecuted, suspended or dismissed by politicians and bureaucrats now in the name of private practice. Their actual crime was, not going abroad and paying up these cut throats. So these authorities are angry as hell, gauged by the ferocity they show in raiding those doctors’ homes and clinics who stayed in the country and maintained health care in the state. Those working abroad escaped all punishment. Government even called many of them back but they did not even mind government’s summons to come back. Why should they mind, after paying up? They do have money made from foreign employment and they all are now immensely rich, envied by government secretaries. When they exerted the influence of their green currency on government secretaries and state ministers, there was no more calling them back from foreign employment. Those doctors who were loyal enough to their society and people to remain in their states have no mentionable bank balances and also have not money to be given to government secretaries and ministers. That is why they are ferociously being hunted for private practice, their only additional income for survival. The ugly thirst for money and insatiable greed of top level bureaucrats and politicians are what manifests in banning the private practice of loyal and committed doctors who did not go abroad for making money abandoning their patients.

25. India will become the only affordable place in the world for countries to send their citizens to for treatment, if this heinous lot does not interfere.

Continuing Promise 2009Why politicians cause overcrowding in hospitals?

The quality of health care in India is not altogether bad. People from many countries visit India for medical treatment because treatment expenses in India are much lower than those in most countries. Medical tourism is developing as a major source of income for India. Some people will mistake this situation to be warranting the raising of treatment expenses in India, especially those politicians and bureaucrats of the country who are eagerly waiting like hungry jackals for a piece of new meat. If this heinous lot does not interfere, India will become what it really, historically, shall be to more and more nations in the world: the only affordable place in the world for them to send their citizens to for treatment. Compare this achievement in the health sector of India, made possible through the dedication and selflessness of thousands and thousands of doctors, nurses and para medical staff, to the political and bureaucratic scenes from India which send the smell of more rot and degeneration each day to the world. Now you tell who are the worms in the apple, politicians and bureaucrats or doctors? Is it politicians and bureaucrats who are involved in crime, corruption and money scams in India or doctors? We can say that if a doctor gained extra money from private practice and made a fortune, he has put in an enormous amount of hard work. But what work did politicians and bureaucrats in India put in, to make this much money to put in Swiss bank accounts, domestic bank accounts, jewellery, land, buildings, mines and malls? If politicians and bureaucrats had not looted the country’s riches, there would have been left more than enough for providing absolutely free treatment to all citizens, for development of hospitals and for starting new ones where needed. Latest technologies could have been adopted, the most sophisticated machines and equipment purchased and the most effective medicines imported. There would have been no need for levying fees, including for major operations and transplants, and treatment would have remained totally free and state-of-the-art in the country. Those who need emergency treatment could have been air lifted or even flown abroad. Suppose an amount of One Lakh Crore Rupees were needed each year for doing all these, it is only a small fraction of what is stolen each year by these politicians and bureaucrats. Even stopping free treatment for these leeches alone would have liberated enough for purchasing modern medicines for all. Doctors and people on one side and politicians and bureaucrats who are totally alienated from people and turned into another type of beings on the other side- this war has been going on longer than logical and normal. This is a modern day Greco-Roman War, lonely brain power versus brutal brawn power, human intelligence versus bulls. We know, almost all our ideas and knowledge we make use of still today are the ancient Greeks’; the Romans are long gone.

Dedicated to one doctor of poor masses who gave whatever he gained to his patients and died in poverty.

We are dedicating this article to one good doctor of the poor masses who gave whatever he gained to his patients and passed away in poverty after many years’ service as a civil surgeon. Let his benevolence and kindness inspire those poor little children who got it from him to grow up as doctors like him. It is like a small ripple, made in a body of water with no boundaries, expanding eternally and travelling till the end of time, breathing solace to mankind.

Thank you dear reader for your patience and discipline in reading this article to the last and tolerating the opinions expressed here which are the author’s alone. You are free and invited to add your kind observations on this social issue which the author thinks is important.

Also please read Are Our Women And Children Safe In Our Hospitals? P.S.Remesh Chandran.

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Picture Credits and Expression of Our Gratitude

We are greatly indebted to the following gracious organizations and individuals for kindly making these pictures available to public, and for their magnanimity in sharing:

01. Please leave this alone. Shark96z.
02. Shall we tolerate interference? US Govt. Federal Archives.
03. Helping young patient in healing. US Navy Chief Journalist Al Bloom.
04. They still find time to play with patients. US Navy Staff Elizabeth Allen.
05. Brought back to health again by angels. US Navy staff Steven King.
06. Will they return to music of home bells? Michael Rivera.
07. Patience, diligence and care, their face marks. Pascal Dagnan Bouveret 1879.
08. Tools of a doctors trade to save lives. Joe Mabel.
09. When there were no health industries. Joe Mabel. Pestles, ceramic mortars.
10. When health monopolies rule. Joe Mabel. Apothecary in display.
11.  Dr Samuel D Gross lecturing in amphitheatre. Thomas Eakins 1875.
12. Why politicians cause overcrowding in hospitals? US Navy Staff Marcus
Suorez.

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Ptrikha
14th Feb 2013 (#)

Nice analysis- but I think you could have written a bit shorte- or may be published this as PartI, II, III etc.

PSRemeshChandra
16th Feb 2013 (#)

When I was compiling my observations and feelings on this subject, I knew they were lengthening each day, all the while thinking who would publish this long article except my own sites and blogs. When it reached nearly 60 pages I decided I was not going to write a book but a long essay. So I stopped and edited it to 27 pages. I am more committed to this cause than to the convenience of dividing it into 3 parts and publishing separately. I hope readers won’t be distracted by the length. I had doubts whether Wikinut would object to the length but they didn’t for which I am grateful to them. And I am grateful to you dear Ptrikha for the first comment.

Madan G Singh
16th Feb 2013 (#)

Very exhaustive post.Well presented

PSRemeshChandra
16th Feb 2013 (#)

For decades we have been seeing our fellow human beings going to hospitals, spending up to the last of their earnings and borrowings and still dying away. A mankind with no diseases is everyone’s dream, which was my thought. But before long, I learned that everyone in the world does not share the same feeling. Not a few want diseases to be there and to spread, a pitiful kind of human imagination. Even though they make money, millions of others loose their lives for it. The persons who would very much wish to speak about these injustices in health are the doctors and poor patients. The first unfortunately do not have time or a history of protesting. The second do not know how to respond or the time of rest to do it. I am one among them and their advocate, you can guess which. I am but the medium through which the dead and the living dead speak. I stole every sentence, word and phrase from their very lips. Today or tomorrow the world will have to listen. Dear Madan G Singh, I am grateful you were one among those listeners.

The Send-Off. Wilfred Owen Poem. Reintroduced By P.S.Remesh Chandran.

052. The Send-Off. Wilfred Owen Poem. Reintroduced By P.S.Remesh Chandran.

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Jean Jacques Bebel, the Swiss historian has calculated that in the 5000 years of the recent history of the world, only 282 years were devoid of any kind of wars. Peace is the brief interval between two wars. A shot sent at a visiting Prussian Prince and his wife by a young student at Austria, and the life of millions was shattered and the way of life of the world changed for ever. Horrors of the First World War were sung by thousands but Wilfred Owens’ poems were brought hot from the war front.

The voice of the First World War passed away, knowing not about the fame that was to come to his name.

Owen Send Off 01 War imminent. US Poster. Michael P. Whelan 1914.War imminent. U S Poster by Michael P. Whelan 1914

If World War First had a voice, we can say that it was Wilfred Owen, employed in active service, singing about the horrors of war and killed in action. In his brief life time, only four of his poems were published, but after his death, dozens of them were published and brought out as books. It is believed, many of them have not still come to light. Awarded the Military Cross for bravery posthumously, he passed away in poetic anonymity, knowing not about the fame that was to come to his name in future. Speaking for men in the trenches under his leadership was what he did through his poems, which, it seems, were all written during the last two years of his life, 1917 and 1918.

Soldiers sitting in trains, in funeral decorations, going to war front.

Owen Send Off 02 Pre war breakfast. Ferdinand Max Bredt 1918.Pre war breakfast. Ferdinand Max Bredt.

Wilfred Owen was a British poet who was killed during action in the First World War. Insensibility, Strange Meeting and The Send-Off are his most famous anti-war poems in which he brings out the pity, realism and irony of war, reflecting his and his soldiers’ negative attitude towards war. He sees no romanticism or chivalry in war, but only death, destruction and decay. True, what else is there in war except the glory of victory for a few and the shame of defeat or death for many? But when defense of one’s motherland is concerned, opinions may vary and war may have to be justified. In the poem The Send-Off, soldiers in a mountain military camp are ordered to move out to war front, who sing their way to the railway siding-sheds and line the train with faces grimly gray, meaning faces darker than black. Decorations all white, like wreath and spray, are pinned to their breasts making them already looking like dead men clad in white, sitting in a row, all looking out the train windows. We are forced to think about the tremendous thoughts streaming through those troubled souls, someone’s father, brother, uncle, one among them certainly the poet himself. The strong sentiments these and the coming scenes create in our minds move us and carry us such away that we are forced to weep, cringe and shudder, which is this poet’s victory which he enjoys standing among the stars. How many of these soldiers will ever return?

A few more minutes’ sunshine and mountain air before going to the frontier, never to return. 

Owen Send Off 03 Going to war. Johann Peter Krafft 1813.Going to war. Johann Peter Krafft 1813.

A military camp normally will be a nuisance to the local people there. So exactly there were none there to give them a proper send-off. Those people might only be glad to see them all go and never return. A few dull porters and a lone tramp were the only ones there to see them go and sorry to see them going too, for they were the ones who benefited from the camp, now losing their daily bread and jam. At least the mechanically punctual railway signals, unlike the local human beings, could have shown them a little of mercy by sparing them a few more minutes’ sunshine and mountain air. But they, the unmoved signals too, nodded heartlessly, a railway lamp winked to the guard and the train began to move, all in time. They were gone.

Local girls are what add colour to mountain military camps. Farewell sisters.

Owen Send Off 04 Writing to father in war. Eastman Johnson 1863.Writing to father in war. Eastman Johnson 1863.

True, the soldiers were not soldiers but they were all hushed up heaps of wrongs and evil doings, the poet admits. They did wrong to the villagers and they will be doing wrong on the war front too. Therefore their losses in battle, limb or life, needn’t be regretted. All military movements are secret and under cover of night. So the people never heard to which war front these soldiers were being sent. As everywhere, the local girls were what added colour to the monotonous life in the upland camp. Romances might have budded and nipped. Tears and sighs might have been shed in darkness, and weeping farewells told in whispers. To meet and part, that is the soldier’s life. And they, the village girls, had jokingly asked them boys: cousins, will you ever return? The soldiers had mocked their words then, but after feeling the dead heat of the battle front, the poet wonders, whether they would still be mocking those meaningful words of the village women.

For those who return from field to camp alive, trodden paths would be half-forgotten in their semi-madness.

Owen Send Off 05 Help daddy gone to war. Norman Lindsay 1915.Help daddy gone to war. Norman Lindsay 1915.

Soldiers gone to war front have a lesser chance of survival and returning alive to their camp, the least in those times. Direct combat was characteristic of military operations, till this war ended, when it gave way to covert operations, carpet bombing from sky and if possible, nerve gas and nuclear attacks. But in that dawn of 20th century, war techniques had not progressed much from the primitive. Only a few of them may return perhaps, too few to receive a proper reception of bells and drums and yells. And those who do return will be invalid, silent and thirsty apparitions, not walking but creeping back silent to still village wells, up half-known roads, yearning for a place to lower their weary bodies on. Even the once-familiar roads would be half-forgotten in their semi-madness, after having gone through the unspeakable horrors of war.

Entered the services of the church, found it hopeless for the poor, and condemned it.

Owen Send Off 06 A mountain military camp entrance. US Fed Gov.Mountain military camp entrance. U S Federal Govt.

Wilfred Owen was born in 1893 and brought up in a religious atmosphere by his parents. His full name was Wilfred Edward Salter Owen. Fallen from fortune, this family could scarcely provide for the education of their four children; Owen served as a teacher-student and matriculated. Theologically trained by his mother, the Bible influenced him during this period. In the Reading University, he studied botany and old English. To earn boarding, lodging and tuition fees, he served as an assistant to the vicar at Dunsden parish, this close familiarity leading to contempt of church later. Reluctance of church to get involved in helping and alleviating the pain of the poor was what infuriated him to condemn church. Disillusioned by church, he left England for France and lived there for a while tutoring English and French in private homes when war broke out.

The mother and son stood looking across the sun-glorified sea, looking towards France with broken hearts, saying goodbye to each other.

In France, Owen staying and working near Pyrenees Mountain Ranges remained totally oblivious of war for a time. But copies of The Daily Mail newspaper his mother sent to him from England opened his eyes and he began to regularly go to a nearby hospital, acquaint with a doctor and inspecting war casualties brought there each day. At last he could no longer endure his impatience and in 1915, returned to England and volunteered to fight. He was sent again to France to fight in 1916 where from he was brought back wounded and shocked for recuperating. Before going to France for war, he and his beloved mother Susan Owen ‘stood looking across the sun- glorified sea towards France with breaking hearts, saying good bye to each other’ when the son quoted Rabindranath Tagore’s words ‘when I go from hence, let this be my parting word’. Susan Owen is known to have written a letter to Tagore when he was in England. We don’t know for sure whether her letter reached Tagore after her simply writing ‘Tagore, London’ in the address column of the envelope, but we certainly know about the reputation, efficiency and dignity of the British Postal Service, especially during the war period. 

Publication of his poems in time would have prevented Viet Nam nightmare.

Owen Send Off 07 Reconnaisance before attack. Pedro Americo 1871.Reconnaissance before attack. Pedro Americo 1871.

Enlisted in 1915 into Rifles Officers’ Corps in England, shell-shocked in mortar explosion in a trench in France, and removed of all romanticism for war, he was removed to War Hospital and brought back to England for recuperating. His romantic ideas of war faded when his soldiers and he had to go through gas attacks, sleeping for months in the open in deep snow and frost, loosing friends to death and the stench of rotting dead blanketing the earth all around. War in his eyes now became just a political equation, unbalanced. No wonder he had to be admitted in the psychiatric department of the hospital. His were the same psychic experiences thousands of Viet Nam War Veterans went through decades later. Publication of his poems and experiences in time would have prevented altogether the nightmare we called Viet Nam and resulted in the governments’ adopting a more humane attitude towards soldiers. 

Back to regiment from safety, to die with loved friends and comrades.

Even though Owen from his youth very much wished to become a poet and was impressed by the writings of Keats and Shelley, his actual writing of poems which made him world famous were written during the fifteen months he spent in trenches in the war front in 1917 and 1918. The war which once shocked him then seemed to thrill him, the reason for which can be attributed to the poetic sentimentality and recklessness to be with his loved friends and comrades in the war front in the days of their misery. Certainly like all poets or cowards, on regaining health and fitness, he could have left war and lived in security and safety after released from the War Hospital. He indeed had joined or formed an intelligent literary circle there in Edinburgh during the days of his recuperation. But instead, he returned to his regiment, to be killed days later, just before the war ended. In fact, his friends and family were eagerly waiting for his return when the news of truce reached them. The news of his death reached his village on November 11, 1918 along with the bells of armistice and peace. What horrifies us is the vain death of a brilliant poet in duty who filled his poems with the futility of war. It was the sacrifice of a poetical fame for fine citizenry. 

Would Owen have lived longer if he was recognized as a published poet and also given the Military Cross?

Owen Send Off 08 Burning crops so that enemy won't eat. Emanuel Leutse 1852.Burn crops so that enemy won’t eat. Emanuel Leutse

Rejoining duty on fitness, he was delegated to lead a party to storm the enemy positions in a village in Ors. He seized a German machine gun and used it to kill a number of Germans. He was shot on the bank of a canal and killed while trying to cross the canal, only days before the war ended. He always considered him as a remarkable war poet, who he actually was, but only four of his poems had been printed by any publishers in his life time. That too was only because he happened to be the editor of the magazine The Hydra published by the War Hospital at Craig Lock hart, Edinburgh where he recuperated. And this Hydra Magazine had only a very limited circulation among the patients, doctors, nurses and staff of that hospital, a very discouraging situation for any poet. What would have happened had he not been shell shocked and admitted there but died directly in action? Would fate have changed his destiny if he had been given due recognition as a published war poet by printers…? He always sought in secret the Military Cross for his supremacy as the most talented war poet of his times, but it was awarded only after his death, in 1919. What if Military Cross had been awarded earlier while he lived…?

Personally manipulated a captured enemy machine gun and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy.

Owen Send Off 09 What the other side feels. Horace Vernet 1814.What the other side feels. Horace Vernet 1814.

The citation to the Military Cross awarded to the poet reads: ‘2nd Lt, Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, 5th Battalion. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the attack on the Fonsomme Line on October 1st/2nd, 1918. On the company commander becoming a casualty, he assumed command and showed fine leadership and resisted a heavy counter-attack. He personally manipulated a captured enemy machine gun from an isolated position and inflicted considerable losses on the enemy. Throughout he behaved most gallantly’. Even after this Military Cross awarded for his gallantry, the world was not willing to acknowledge his poetry. Today, Wilfred Owen is a synonym for war poetry but for having been presented with this much fine war literature to read, we owe our debt to his family. He sent 600 letters to his loved mother who kept them all safe, from which was the war front feelings, emotions and experiences of Owen were discerned later. His sister donated these letters to the University of Oxford where people can still see them. His brother collected his manuscripts and helped bringing out his poems as a book.

Writing boldly about the horrors of war was his catharsis to escape from shell shock trauma.

Owen Send Off 10 American Marines in Belleau Wood 1918 by Georges Scott.American marines in Belleau Wood. Georges Scott.

Was Wilfred Owen overly influenced by friends like Siegfried Sassoon and physicians like Arthur Brock is still a thing of debate, which they did more or less. Sassoon himself was an accomplished poet who advised Owen to abandon the old style he followed since when he was ten years old and turn to more seriously writing about the futility of war. We shall dismiss all critics’ allegations of them sharing an attachment more than manly. Arthur Brock treated him when he was admitted in the War Hospital following shell shock trauma and advised him not to try to forget the horrors of war which haunted his mind, but to go straight continuing to boldly write about them which would serve as his catharsis, a fine clinical advice in those times of Sigmund Freud. Anyway, since joining the army and fighting in the front line, we see a dramatic change in the poetic style of Owen. Every soldier who took part in the world war underwent war horrors and trauma which went untold in the chronicles of historians. With Owen putting them into words after actually experiencing them, recorded them in livid humility for future generations to see and evaluate in times to come.

World War started with liberation, and ended with cessation, annexation and colonization.

Owen Send Off 11 The Dead Soldier. Joseph Wright of Derby 1789.The dead soldier. Joseph Wright of Derby 1789.

Liberation of Belgium was the objective with which the First World War started but war politics soon turned into the objective of grabbing colonies for future which the civilians did not recognize but poets like Wilfred Owens and philosophers like Bertrand Russell did, and they reacted through their writings to rouse civilian conscience. Theirs was not blind rage against wars but mature protest against abandoning the honoured causes of war and turning to use war to grab colonies. Owen’s poem ‘The Strange Meeting’ even went to creating the extreme human situation of a dead American soldier meeting a dead German soldier whom he had killed and listening to his version of the war, the enemy finally becoming a friend.

The front line picture painted by Wilfred Owen in The Send- Off.

Owen Send Off 12 What is left of a war. Juan Manuel Blanes 1879What is left of a war. Juan Manuel Blanes 1879.

Publishers of his times ignored him, perhaps due to their inability to cope with or even go through the great quantity of war poetry poured in each day. He, as an acclaimed poet and as a civil servant dedicated to those soldiers under his care, wanted only for his poems to be read by all and the people to open their eyes to the futility and horrors of war. Who can say this brilliant young man who sacrificed his life for his country would try to limit the circulation of his poems by wishing not to be read here again? We think it only just and fair to include his lines here, without which this appreciation won’t be complete or contained. See the front line picture painted by Wilfred Owen in The Send-Off.

THE SEND- OFF * WILFRED OWEN

Down the close, darkening lanes they sang their way
To the siding-shed,
And lined the train with faces grimly gay.
Their breasts were stuck all white with wreath and spray
As men’s are, dead.

Dull porters watched them, and a casual tramp
Stood staring hard,
Sorry to miss them from the upland camp.
Then, unmoved, signals nodded, and a lamp
Winked to the guard.

So secretly, like wrongs hushed-up, they went.
They were not ours:
We never heard to which front these were sent.
Nor there if they yet mock what women meant
Who gave them flowers.

Shall they return to beatings of great bells
In wild trainloads?
A few, a few, too few for drums and yells,
May creep back, silent, to still village wells
Up half-known roads.

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Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Jan 2013 (#)

My fervent hope and prayers are for war and strife to end. Am I being idealistic? So be it! We have come thus far and we know wars kill and affect the most innocent. The heroes who are decorated for bravery also end up with mental anguish at being part of the insane violence. I believe few start wars and incite their citizens. With the help of technology the majority should unite and not fall into their vicious hands time and time again. Like a World War veteran reminisced – what use a piece of paper of peace in the end for those who are killed and maimed? Thanks for this wonderful post – siva

PSRemeshChandra
30th Jan 2013 (#)

War is an unnecessary expense in which nations waste resources and innumerable units of precious time and man power. To defeat another country, we spend unimaginably huge sums of money. Most often those countries could be bought with only a fraction of this money. Such futile and waste is war because it never improves mankind. Thank you dear Sivaramakrishnan A for your informative and inspiring note.

Md Rezaul Karim
20th Jan 2013 (#)

Wow! what a nice piece of article to read, wonderfully attached paintings and pictures. Thank you Ramesh ji.

PSRemeshChandra
30th Jan 2013 (#)

When I saw these paintings and pictures for the first time, I thought they were waiting for the right literary creation. Wilfred Owen’s Send Off suited them most. I am immensely thankful to those painters and photographers who were moved like Owen by the horrors of war, to create these masterpieces. I hope the painters, photographers and the poet would supplement each other. Thank you dear Md Rezaul Karim for caring to leave a comment.

Madan G Singh
22nd Jan 2013 (#)

A wonderful post. You have put in a lot of effort. Congratulations

PSRemeshChandra
30th Jan 2013 (#)

When I read your articles in Wikinut, I feel the same as you noted here. What can I say when a compliment comes my way from an accomplished writer like you? Thank you dear Madan G Singh.

Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you RameshChandra. It is time war and violence are removed from the face of the earth. What use making all the arms for them to fall into “wrong” hands! What use a piece of peace treaty for those killed, maimed and orphaned? Even the survivors and victors carry severe scars mentally. Politicians start the war making use of the innocent people creating hatred. And the less said about religious fanatics of all hues the better – all Gods can defend themselves, thank you! They don’t need our help! Best regards – siva.

Madan G Singh
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you for the nice words, but I feel I am ordinary. But I really appreciate your writing.

What Computerization Without Electricity In Kerala? Essay By P.S.Remesh Chandran, Sahyadri Books, Trivandrum.

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What Computerization Without Electricity In Kerala? Essay By P.S.Remesh Chandran,

Editor, Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum.

By PSRemeshChandra, 25th Oct 2011. Short URL http://nut.bz/ceu3pzgc/
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Essays

When we hear that computerization without electricity has been undertaken in some part of the world, we will normally think some innovation has been made possible there. Really it is one of the many recent follies of Kerala people. Even though many well educated and talented Keralites have migrated to many countries and are engaged there in prestigious firms in the computer hardware and software industry, their local rulers and political leaders are clay heads, still in the bullock cart age.

Plenty of mountains, rivers, dams and rains, but begging for electricity all over India.

Banasurasagar Wayanad By Foto Kannan.

Kerala produces enough electricity to light her homes, run her industries and render other basic services but not enough to light the millions and millions of display boards, dazzling shop displays and opulent building and street illuminations. What electricity Kerala produces in its many hydro-electric projects is just enough to meet the basic essentials. This means, the normal domestic, social and industrial life can be continued without depending on electricity purchased from outside. If someone says that Kerala has a shortage of electricity, anyone who has seen the plentiness of rivers and water bodies in Kerala and the number of dams that have been built across them through the years will wonder how this shortage can happen and who is to be held responsible for this foolish situation. The fact is, neither the government nor the Kerala State Electricity Board which does the production and distribution of electricity throughout the state, have done anything sensible to ensure conservation of electricity, without which Kerala will plunge into total darkness and stillness of industries for the next 20 years.

Selling imported electricity and pocketing the profits is far more lucrative a state business than producing from water.

Anchuruli Tunnel Idukki By Jayesh J.

After allowing the foolish spending electricity for unnecessary illuminations by the state establishments, private citizens and other organizations, and after ensuring that power is short and people are shouting, electricity is bought and brought from as far regions as Himachal Pradesh and from private sector, paying exorbitant price as a result of which electricity charges in the state soars. The ordinary citizens have no role in bringing about this havoc because the electricity needed for their houses, shops and industries is already produced from their rivers. And they consume much less electricity. They light only one or two lights in their homes and cannot afford air-conditioning. The burden of the higher cost of electricity purchased from the outside should have been shouldered by those who squander electricity by lighting a hundred lights in their homes and operating multi air-conditioners day and night and those who allowed it without imposing restrictions. You walk along the main city streets of Trivandrum, Trichur, Cochin and Calicut at night and you can see who are spending electricity opulently. It is they to whom the cost of imported electricity should have been charged solely. An ordinary shop needs five or six bulbs to run it but not thousands and thousands as we see on these thoroughfare sides. An electricity-short Kerala cannot afford it. If they want that much electricity for their special needs, they can import it at their cost but shall not eat into Kerala’s reserves. Just watch the State Ministers’ buildings and the mansions of top level bureaucrats, elected people’s representatives and senior politicians in Trivandrum at night and you will see who squanders electricity as they please at people’s expense. The power they burn are not paid for by them but by the government and the burden finally falls on the shoulders of the poor people.

Adamantly insisting on computerization after visiting foreign countries where electricity never fails.

 

Kerala Eco Zones Map By Saravask.

Before imported electricity arrived in Kerala, there was sufficient strength and voltage to the current but now due to loss during transmission, power is lost considerably. Fans won’t move, fridges won’t work and computers won’t function. The people of Kerala loose millions and millions of rupees due to the burning out of such instruments. There are countries in this world where electricity never fails and voltage never fluctuates. Such countries have turned to computerization of government departments. Some government minister who went to some such countries for treatment of some unspeakable disease saw this and wondered, and when he returned to Kerala adamantly began insisting that the government here also should be completely computerized. Learned Administrative Service Officers and Power Engineers of the state may have tried to teach him the effects of a possible administrative paralysis that would result from his act as the state had already begun to show proof of moving fast towards load shedding, power cuts, brown outs and total black outs, but within the hierarchical power structure in administration they might not have been bold enough and successful to raise them as objections. But that fool won’t listen. What those officers did not know about then was the millions that were coming the way of that politician as commissions from the computer industry.

Never thought about removing silt from reservoirs during the past 40 years; now complaining dams have no capacity.

Idukki Reservoir In Periyar By Shaji 0508.

Kerala is a region of hills and mountains and rivers. All rivers reach the sea before they run even a hundred miles. Due to the proximity to mountains the dams constructed across these rivers are filled with soil, silt, sand and debris in a very short time. With the rain of two or three days the dams are filled and overflowing but two or three weeks later the authorities tell people that there is not enough water in the dams to make electricity. During the past twenty five years there has not been a single instance of silt removal from a single dam in Kerala. Deepening the catchment areas of dams ensuring maximum catchment of water, making bare minimum electricity for the day to day needs or producing maximum electricity to be sold and bought back in needy times: that is what sensible governments and bureaucracies would do. But the Kerala State Electricity Board sat on its ass for a quarter of a century, and waking up now, tells that Kerala is short of electricity. The chairmen and the technical committee members of the board were being paid millions as salaries for foreseeing things and situations in advance and taking precautionary steps. Their failure in fulfilling their duties warrants immediate dismissal but being part of a state wide commission racket they are allowed to continue and bring more money to their godfathers. When generators in power stations blow away due to poor maintenance, they sit on the thing for years without resolving to repair them and start new files to buy electricity from the outside.

Building small dams called Sediment Retention Structures many miles upriver is the method adopted the world over for retaining the water storage capacity of reservoirs.

Kallada Check Dam By Kumar Mullackal.

Small silt trap dams can be built on the streams feeding a large reservoir, to settle out silt and thus reduce the rate at which the main reservoir silts up. The dam and electricity authorities in Kerala during the past decades totally neglected this task of cleaning the reservoirs and now there is only a small amount of water contained in the dams. Now no reservoir in Kerala serves the practical purposes. Constructing small dams called Sediment Retention Structures many miles upriver is the common and wise method adopted the world over for retaining the water storage capacity of reservoirs. Every electricity production engineer and organization in the world knows this. It is common knowledge. Dam bed coating consists of mud and sand mainly. Also there would be remains of whatever got into the river flow, including plastic bottles and even vehicles. Measuring the depth of water after siltation is something to be done on a regular basis. Neither measuring water depth after siltation, building of sediment retention structures nor removal of mud and sand from reservoir bottoms has been done in Kerala for the past fifty years. Mining river sand for construction works is recently banned and restricted in Kerala, resulting in stillness in home building. Workers engaged in this field are now jobless. Removal of river sand from dams would have not only eased this explodable situation but would also have recovered the storage capacity of dams. Senior administrators in the state are in constant fear of when people will begin to ask the most dreaded question of why they are not cleaning the dams. Not one person in Kerala administration is interested in this matter. They are only interested in purchasing electricity from outside and selling it at far higher rates, pocketing huge amounts as commissions in the process. Every sensible person in the state knows that the future of electricity is dark in Kerala for the next twenty five years. Tapping solar power for electricity will need thousands and thousands of acres of land which Kerala cannot afford. Building nuclear reactors, the people of this small state will not permit. Restoring the storage capacity of dams the fools in the administration won’t do. That is why it is here alleged that total computerization of government departments in Kerala is a farce and folly, aimed just at securing commissions from purchases.

‘Our computers are down, there is no electricity; we do not know which year they will be up again.’

Athirappalli Falls In Trichur By Pranchiyettan.

There are countries in this world where electricity never fails, voltage never fluctuates and even if electricity fails it would be for two or three seconds. Even if voltage fluctuates there, it would be by a maximum of two or three volts. Some great political figure head that went to those countries for treatment of some unspeakable disease saw the computerization there, wondered, and on return insisted that every government department should be fully computerized in Kerala and everything go online. No ruler was sensible enough to point out to him that in such electricity-short states like Kerala it would lead to administrative paralysis and eventually make people’s life miserable. Now when people go to some government office for a birth certificate they are told that the system is down and that they don’t know when the certificates could be issued. The good and reliable old manual system was deemlessly dismantled and the staff deployed elsewhere or dismissed; therefore the certificates cannot be handwritten and issued as before.

We will think there is someone there to attend. Actually there is no one there. E-governance is a farce.

Factual evidence for the fallacy of a government going online can be examined here by an example. Citizens can submit their complaints and grievances to the government of Kerala by online. As a test case, a complaint on specific easement violations, i.e. destruction of ancient homes in Kerala through rogue bulldozer activity by gangsters, was submitted online on 12th November 2011 to the following online addresses advertised by the government in their website.

1. The Joint Secretary, Chief Minister’s Grievance Redressal Cell, Government Secretariate, Trivandrum-1. cm-grccell@kerala.gov.in 2.Minister forPanchayats. minister-panchayat@kerala.gov.in 3. Minister for Revenue. minister-revenue@kerala.gov.in 4. TheDistrictCollector,Trivandrum.dctvm@kerala.nic.in.

Even after months they were never acknowledged which even a poorly maintained, single man website will do. The addresses are here. They are government and public anyway and anyone can try. This is exactly what happens in the thousands and thousands of complaints submitted online to government each day. We will think that there is some one there to attend. Actually there is no one there. E-governance is a farce. The only aim of government computerization is pocketing the huge profits from computerization. Every electronics firm gives commissions when products and services are sold, irrespective of whether it is a government firm or non-government firm at the receiving end, and even senior union cabinet ministers in India are undergoing prison terms for accepting commissions. Therefore there is no use denying the ultimate aim of obtaining commissions.

‘Your ATM money went down the drain due to some computer glitch, it often happens when voltage drips; we cannot do anything.’

Peechi Dam Reservoir By Aruna.

The governments had a very efficient treasury system which the private banks and the nationalized banks envied. Because treasuries do not have share owners but banks do, government’s money payment was de-linked from treasuries and shifted to banks, ordered by greedy politicians who themselves or whose dependents had shares and interests in those banks. One political party while in administration demanded that when this scheme is implemented, one particular bank shall write-off their loan of 100 Crore rupees they availed for starting a television channel. Banks would get millions of new accounts anyway without paying commissions and huge amounts will remain with them as unwithdrawn balances. Then why shan’t they pay and please political parties for taking the decision for payment of salaries through banks? But then what are treasuries for? Then treasuries and banks began to get computerized and payments to people began to be made through A.T.M. Counters. Now payment of salaries also is going online. There is no electricity and therefore no ATMs working. Voltage fluctuations also still the ATMs. One day when you go to draw money from the ATM or the bank it will be informed that ‘your money went down the drain due to a computer glitch; it sometimes happens when voltage drips, we cannot do anything’. We will think that bureaucrats and politicians in the administration were not brain-sharp enough to see these things in advance. They did see everything in advance but simply could not resist the temptation for securing commissions from the purchase of thousands and thousands of computers for every government office, making every office going online, and the future income from maintaining, servicing and replacing these systems. One needn’t think there was any intension of improving the efficacy of the administration in the state behind this decision and motivation for computerizing everything governmental. The horrible news of bribery and corruption printed everyday in newspapers in India reveals the real motivation. They will sell even their mothers if the right commission is got.

The last typewriter factory in the world, owned by Godrej India, was closed in 2011. So purchase available typewriters in advance at whatever price they come by.

Malampuzha Dam Gardens By Lallji.

This article which was first written on the 24th of October 2011 was auto saved by computer six times before it was even five paragraphs long. It was at a place one kilometer from Trivandrum District Administration and three kilometers from Kerala Government Secretariate. They still boast a fully computerized government! Just as the good old manual typewriters were thrown away when computers came along and shamelessly called back into service when electricity began to frequently fail, the good old scribes and their quill pens would again be needed soon. But remember, in the wake of the computer wave, not being able to sell one single typewriter manufactured by them, the last typewriter factory in the world owned by Messers. Godrej India Private Limited was closed in the year 2011. So take the advice and purchase available typewriters in advance at whatever prices they come by.

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rama devi nina
4th Feb 2012 (#)

A very informatie and interesting page, PSRC-ji. Bravo on your star page.

 

Darlings Of The Department. The Story Of Harry Vinoir. By P.S.Remesh Chandran.

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Darlings Of The Department. The Story Of Harry Vinoir. By P.S.Remesh Chandran.

Editor, Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum.  

By PSRemeshChandra, 6th Jan 2012. Short URL http://nut.bz/3xu7tqdk/

Posted in Wikinut True Stories  

When someone steals 3.2 millions from government treasury, causes the death of one woman, two children and three men in this adventure and escapes into the safety of a promotion post of a very senior officer in that government, a few will admire him but the majority of the people in the world will wonder who is ruling Kerala and if there is any law and policing there. Any sensible person will ask who that rogue is. Read here the true story.

A Story from the The Hospital Window Series- True stories of what one sees through hospital windows from the inside and from the outside.  

This story is from the archives of the imaginary investigative organization ‘Kerala Peoplez Vigilenz included in their forthcoming book ‘The Hospital Window’. ‘The Hospital Window Series’ contains true stories of what one sees through hospital windows from the inside and from the outside. Many people have the notion that educational qualifications, ability and skill are the determinants for selection and promotion in government services. This notion is held by more and more people nowadays, following the American government’s decision to recruit persons into their services more through telephone interviews than through face to face interviews so that the colour and beauty of applicants shall not be a consideration. The American government’s decision is admirable in that selecting only the beautiful, fleshy and protein-rich ladies into the services can be avoided and coloured people too, if with enough abilities, could get their rightful chances. It is an action which several nations and states in the world, some of them claiming to have achieved complete socialism and some claiming even to be God’s Own Native Land have not been bold enough to take. But wait till you read this story which I tell you here, before deciding who will eventually become the darlings of government departments.

Doctors never commit suicide because they have enough patients there to kill through their blunders.  

Many years back, when it was a time of no mobile phones, internet or television, the newspapers in Kerala celebrated a story. An employee in the District Surgeon’s Office in Trivandrum organized large scale monetary crimes following which a doctor and his family, including his wife and two children, were found dead in a hotel room in the capital city, with burned currency notes of higher denominations scattered everywhere around them in the hotel room. It should be noted here that doctors rarely take their own lives when there are enough poor patients for them there to kill silently and deliberatively through their greed and blunders. It should also be considered that whatever complexities they themselves have got into, they would be having highly placed persons in their contact to get them out of any kind of problem and that theirs is a profession they are licensed to practice till the end of their days unlike those of the other senior civil servants of their rank and genre. That is why the world seldom hears about doctors committing suicide anywhere. So naturally the revelations following this multiple suicide, if it was suicide, became exceptionally sensational in Kerala and remained bold frontline headlines for months to come in all major and minor newspapers in the state. Since old dated copies of these papers are available in the State Public Library in Trivandrum for the reference of anyone who is interested and also since it is not the right thing to give undue publicity to these papers, we shall avoid mentioning their names here.

Where did all those bundles of currency notes to burn in a hotel room come from?  

Now since it was a multiple suicide by a reputed doctor and his family in a hotel room, with currency notes scattered everywhere which in itself was rare, it became great news. The social, political and civil service life of this doctor was scrutinized into and in the investigation which followed it was revealed that this doctor was a very generous person whenever money came his way. It was reported that he was generous in presenting rich sarees and gold ornaments to his subordinates, especially ladies, frequently. It mostly happened when bills for the special expenses of his hospital were cashed from the government treasury. He was an Assistant Surgeon in charge of a rural Primary Health Centre in a very remote hamlet called Vellappil. It is now relevant here to note how funds for a small hospital are received encashed and accounted for. The money to be paid as salaries to the staff would be provided in advance in the budget plan of the department for the year, for the encashment of which no allotments of funds are needed. Medicines and other stores for the hospital would be issued from the government stores according to requirement and indents. All other inevitable expenses will have to be got approved by the District Surgeon’s Office and allotment of funds will have to be received both in the institution and in the concerned treasury before presenting the bills.

Simply put a zero on the right side of 10,000 in a government communication and 1, 00,000 will come your way.  

How does an allotment for a certain amount reach a remote hospital? Newspapers also brought out how it is done, every single stage explained in detail, for a column is a column, a page is a page and here the news is anyway free. Suppose an amount of Ten Thousand rupees has to be allotted to Vellappil Hospital for purchasing stationary, sanitation materials for field services or for securing local services such as loading and unloading of materials or coolie labour. A triplicate allotment letter would be prepared in the District Surgeon’s Office. A Yellow copy will go to the concerned government treasury to enable them to set aside sufficient amount to pay when the bill is presented. A Blue copy will go to the concerned institution. A White copy will remain in the District Office as office copy. Then there will be the ledgers and registers in the office wherein notings will be made. The clerk will write 10000 toward the left of the column, leaving space for a single digit on the right edge of the entry in the paper. The higher officers will compare the figure with the ledgers and registers, approve and sign the allotment and return the file to the clerk’s table. The clerk will then put an additional Zero on the right, making the figure 100000 and send the allotment letters to the Vellappil Hospital and the Treasury there. The additional Zero will be put only in the Yellow and Blue copies and the White copy will remain unchanged in the original file. Thus the officials in the District Surgeon’s Office normally will not know about this cheating until one of them becomes suspicious or it is caught in the next audit by the internal wing of the department or by the Accountant General, provided none other is involved in this racket. Thus the doctor will mix original vouchers for 10000 with bogus vouchers for 90000, present a bill for 100000 rupees in the treasury and encash the amount. It was later revealed that the actual 10000 indeed was utilized in the hospital against original vouchers, another 10000 was spent on silencing a few, 30000 became the doctor’s lavish money to be spent at his will and the rest 50000 straight went to the clerk in the District Surgeon’s Office. A very lucrative deal indeed, until caught.

Perpetrators of a crime taking their own lives, one, two, three, except the original plotter.

Burning currency is a serious crime. Those officers who went after the burned, semi burned and unburned bundles of notes in the hotel room eventually found out that the clerk in the District Surgeon’s Office was the original planner and founder of this racket, that he was simply captivating a convenient doctor from a peripheral institution to execute his agenda and that they had already stolen 32 Lakhs rupees within a period of one year. It was also found out that the treasury officials could easily have detected this theft when inconceivably high bills began to be presented from a minor institution while annual such expenditure from other similar lower hospitals remained below just two lakhs rupees during those decades, and that not less than two treasury officials were receiving their share of the loot. The peon of the hospital who was assigned the duty of going to treasury for cashing the bills was satisfied with just his liquor money. When investigations progressed and the vigilance net came closer and closer, this person took his life, leaving his family orphans. Then there was the clerk of the institution who actually prepared the ballooned up bills. The next mysterious death was his, which also was supposed to be suicide. The death toll now has reached six. The stealing of 32 lakhs rupees from government coffers took the lives of three men, one woman and two innocent children. Now, of the four perpetrators of the crime, only one person is alive – the clerk in the District Surgeon’s Office, the original plotter of the crime. Newspapers happily brought out how many cars he bought, how many bungalows he bought and how many acres of land he bought in Trivandrum city. A heinous crime committed by a greedy government official resulted in leaving behind it a trail of suicides, the unwanted death of six persons, including two infants. Any alert administration and people will shake the world with news of apt immediate punishment, but not civilized Kerala. When faced with such sinful a situation, some will suicide, some will confess and go to the confines and solitude of prison and some others will repent, but not our man. The greatest wonder in Kerala is that even the loss of six human lives and 32 lakhs rupees from government treasury caused no prosecution, conviction and jail terms. This was an incident which seriously raised the question, whether any real laws are really existing there in Kerala or is Kerala simply boasting about civilization.

Steal 32 lakhs from government, join ranks of caste zealots, escape punishment, and get promoted as officer.  

Now we come to our character, Harry Vinoir, the original plotter and designer of the scheme. He is now the only alive perpetrator of the crime which took the toll of six human lives. Everything regarding his past and present have been brought out by the newspapers. His two bungalows, three cars, five bank deposits and four stretches of purchased land in the city are now public knowledge. The department could do only one thing decent-promote him. He deserves it, considering the department standards. But due to public pressure and wide media attention they reluctantly had to suspend him from service, ordering a departmental enquiry the order for which was issued not by the reluctant department but by the government in the face of public accusation and considering the gravity of the situation after six deaths. Been recruited into service following the death of a relative in service, this employee had strong family supporters in the department. Moreover, he belonged to the forward Vinoir community of Kerala, the rotten caste system of which land is famous all over the world for its notoriety and unjust favouritism. He did not hesitate to join their ranks and make his way to the upper leadership of the caste organization. The Vinoir community in Trivandrum did not find it an abomination and shame to elect him a leader in the Vazhuthanakkadu branch of their organization which assured him impunity from punishment for his crimes. They simply became bound to help him in spite of the notoriety of his crimes.

If one is skilled enough to steal millions from government, generous enough to share it and belongs to some upper caste, Kerala is God’s Own Country for him.  

We will think that the person, our Harry Vinoir, is now spending his life in jail or he is engaged in some other employment after serving his jail term. Actually his protectors in the department, the community figure heads, by stalling the enquiry, gave him enough time and lee way to argue that the enquiry is belated, he is already punished psychologically, there is no evidence against him and that he should be retaken into service. With lightning speed, they sent him to some remote institution where it was some fouled up doctor’s duty to re-enter him in service by simply writing in his service book ‘reinstated in service and rejoined duty’ without mention of number or date of a reinstatement order or even affixing a copy of the suspension and reinstatement orders in the book. In fact, the government that suspended him later revealed that it never issued an order reinstating him. Neither the department did, for that matter. It was another trick employed by devious minded government officials. Wait for one or two years till the uproar over the issue silences, simply fabricate orders, simply sent the favourite to some distant institution and simply write that some he has rejoined duty. It is that simple in Kerala, provided one is a member of the crooks’ clan. Now there is no hindrance to promoting him and the machinery moved on, well oiled up. The fact that the top authorities who reviewed his requests for these many promotions failed to note that copies of suspension and reinstatement orders and number and date of reinstatement order were absent in his service book serves as proof for how wide and omnipotent the hold of the crook’s clan and caste zealots is in the administration in the state. Within a few years Harry Vinoir was first promoted as an Upper Division Clerk, then as a Head Clerk, then as a Junior Superintendent and now he is on the brink of promotion to the post of a Superintendent. If one is skilled enough to steal millions from government, generous enough to share it and belongs to some upper caste, anything is possible in Kerala: Kerala is God’s Own Country for him. It is the benefit of being a darling of the department. Not one government official from the top most to the bottom ever asked that most feared question: “Why was the money stolen from government not ever recovered?”

Some sinners, when they reach the tranquil abodes of saints and holy people will repent deeply and redeem part of what humanity was lost from them.  

Sin is something that creates in some of us the false notions of religion. When we know that everyone knows we are crooked thieves who did unspeakable crimes, some of us will decide it is time to make a show of religion and piety. So Harry Vinoir decided to lean on some respected man of miracles so that the blood of half a dozen human lives could be somewhat washed from his hands. Now we are entering a part of our story which never should have happened. Who served hundred thousands of acres of parched fields and villages in dry Andhra Pradesh with water? Who inspired thousands and thousands of writers, singers and dancers with sweet melodious songs in the bygone era? Who solaced desolate millions, sitting in a bamboo hut in the midst of a vast yellow mustard field in his rustic native hamlet? Who founded and directed the biggest free hospital in Asia? Our animal which is Harry Vinoir selected the learned Satya Sai Baba to lean on. What can Baba do against such sinners and hypocrites joining and maligning his sacred organizations? Vinoir made it a great show, sang bhajans and went pilgrimages. Some sinners, when they reach the tranquil abodes of saints and holy people will repent deeply and transform their minds into other configurations without knowing, redeeming a part of humanity that was lost from them, but not our man! He is in his heart and blood a beast that wallows deep in the wormy pits of fleshly pleasures. One will wonder if this creation has a family of his own and why his wife and children did not enter anywhere in our story. Let us not further pain them, those pining human souls who on their way to eternity, though for a very short time, got entangled in the clutches of this wretched god-abandoned thing.

He, in his heart and blood, is a beast which wallows deep in the wormy pits of fleshly pleasures.

Flesh is something important and influential in government services. When a fleshy, protein-rich lady with sufficient curves and projections comes to work in an office, several changes in seating arrangements and sections would be made there to sit her as lightly and cozily as the sex-starving officers of that office could do. In a particular government office, the clerks were previously sitting in two rows facing each other. One saw the face of the other and communicated well. With the arrival of one such lady, the junior superintendent of that office ordered the seats to be placed one behind the other, all facing him so that he can feast on the face and curves of the new arrival. Now all see another’s back, which is taboo in the East and now there is no communication between anyone but discord. The officer looked up some book, coined a new phrase and said it was Ahmadabad- Model Administrative Change! When the new arrival did not like one particular section since it involved actual work, another rearrangement in sections was made to suit her disturbing all others and when she did not like the second one too, a third rearrangement was ordered. One senior and reliable officer of that institution commented that the girl had to learn to do actual work, not show curves. Curvaceous flesh can move officers but not office files. It needs learned work and dedication to move them. Then one day the husband of this lady came to that office shouting that his wife has been going out with that junior superintendent, their family is on the brink of ruin and that this cannot go on. Following advice from her new lover, she filed law suit for divorce and her two little children thus lost a father. It needn’t be specially told here that this junior superintendent was our Harry Vinoir. So now we know that a born sinner will never repent and that heaven will not touch the devil. A mad dog will not cure and that is why the world kills it. A person who is left at liberty and freedom to destroy human lives everywhere will continue to do it without remorse or hesitance. He leaves a trail of destruction behind him, his intolerance for having been exposed once brutally expressing itself in causing him to destruct whatever solid human creations and relations he comes across. Learning about this incident of the birth of two new orphans and the prospect of two more suicides, many wondered how long he will continue this destruction of human lives. A few say, till he also takes his own life.

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Who Said It Is God’s Own Country? Kerala Is Now Dogs’ Own Country. P S Remesh Chandran.

35. Who Said It Is God’s Own Country? Kerala Is Now Dogs’ Own Country. P S Remesh Chandran.

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By PSRemeshChandra, 2nd Oct 2011.  Short URL http://nut.bz/1q5re8gd/
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India feeds two nations, a nation of 100 crores human beings and another nation of 150 crores dogs, resulting in the Indians’ eating too much, as Obama observed, leading to a world food shortage. Dozens of diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and rabies originated from dogs and killed millions in India, Asia and Europe. Their incessant barking is now the inescapable background noise of nations. And these pests cannot be killed. Powerful people who use dogs sexually protect them in all nations.

Every house where dogs bark continuously is a house where dogs are abused sexually.

Every house where dogs bark without stop is a house where dogs are used for sexual purposes. When a particular city, state or nation is mentioned here, it does not mean that it is not the situation in India, Asia, Europe, England, America and Africa. The increased demand for Infra-Red Dog Bark Arresters the world over vouchsafes for this universal truth. Some people, even if it is only a dog that they maintain, will maintain it too as a menace and nuisance to society. It is their kind of avenging society. The first part of this article ‘Where Husbands Are Dogs And Dogs re Husbands’ discussed the social aspects of too many dogs being there. The second part ‘After Gays And Lesbians, Dog-Lovers Are The Next To Claim Recognition As A Community’ converged on the medical aspects of the dog problem. This third and last part of this trio of articles tries to analyze the economic aspects of the abundance of dogs and describes how a beautiful land that is Kerala in a far distant corner of this world was wrecked by dogs.

Kings were far better, reliable and stable than modern day state cabinet ministers.

Kings were kind, bold and decent.

When kings ruled Kerala there was someone there to always listen and attend to the problems of people. When there were too many dogs in the streets affecting the day-to-day lives of citizens, they could then go to the royal court and make a complaint. The king would then order his men to arrange for capturing and killing all stray dogs in the streets and make streets safe for his citizens. One simply needn’t think that this kind of redressal of a grievance was cruel or that the kings were barbarians. Most of them were extremely kind, civilized, polished and caring to their citizens. People’s welfare was their foremost consideration. Pests were pests and humans being were anyway human beings. Broad perfectly paved roads with shade-giving trees on either side and resting places, water wells and inns all along the way which exist even today testify to their kindness and devotion to their people. Even when democratic governments came into existence, this system continued in Kerala and India. It continued till two decades ago. When dogs were in abundance in the streets and became a nuisance and health hazard to people, government officials from local administration came to streets and cleared roads for people as earlier.

Won’t they be offended and provoked if they are called dogs?

Result of dog legislation and birth control scam.

Then all of a sudden some great dog-abuser took it into his or her head that dogs needed more care and attention in India than human beings and tricked similar minded people to pass laws which resulted in removal of unwanted dogs from the street impossible. After passing this anti-human law state governments, central government, parliament and even the Supreme Court became reluctant or incapable to interfere and reverse the law as if no laws in this world has ever been modified, cancelled or withdrawn on rethinking. The number of dogs in the streets increased within a short time and now no one can walk through any of the streets in India. Newspapers abound in reports of people being attacked by groups of dogs in the streets. Every person of authority in the country perfectly well knows that passing this law was a mistake and foul which ought to have been rectified with immediate effect. The Indian administration knows that diseases originating from dogs are sweeping the country and passing to other continents, that thousands are dying of such diseases, thousands are daily admitted to hospitals following severe dog-bites, no children can walk to schools, tourism revenue is dwindling, food shortage is being accused of by the Europeans and that not an inch of India is free of incessant dog barking. The world health authorities admit that there is no proper treatment for many of these viral infections and that the only measure that can logically be taken is to dry the source of their origin. Enrichment of resistive elements and nutrients in the body is the only medical action that can be taken. But Indian doctors are financially indebted enough to pretend to treat these patients with paracetamol and antibiotics, further worsening the situation to liver and intestinal complications so that their godfathers on the manufacturing side may profit. In which other way can employment be generated for the increasing number of medical students and nursing students passing out of universities each year? Even then, not a single parliamentarian of India has ever took a stand and asked this anti-people’s law be withdrawn. They talk about almost everything under the Sun, from White House’s recent renovations to the withering of Arab-Jewish relations, whether it concerns them or not, unnecessarily spending further more people’s money sitting in parliaments, but not a word is uttered about the menace from dogs to people. They placed dogs above people and gods by passing this law but if somebody calls them dogs, they will sue. Or won’t they be offended and provoked at being called the name of this new  god?

Are they paid salaries, allowances, medical benefits and plane fare to as distant continents as Antarctica by dogs or by people?

Pets of the pampered rich, pests for the poor.

Ninety percent of Indians walk the streets, have no compound wall to their houses and most of them do not even have a house to live in. They live in the open, in the streets, under bridges and in closed up shop-fronts. It is they who suffer from dog attacks. People who pass laws will normally have a house of their own, probably air-conditioned, with a compound wall surrounding the house at the expense of the people. They will never be walking the streets but travelling in state owned or private cars. Lying inside their air-conditioned mansions they will not have to experience the nuisance of dogs barking everywhere, disturbing people’s sleep. Due to the compound wall no dog will enter their premises and cause trouble. Since they travel in cars, they would not be bitten by dogs in the streets. Travelling in these cars and assembling in law-making bodies they make laws forbidding the removal and killing of street dogs. Were they elected to power by dogs or by people? Are they paid salaries, allowances, medical benefits and plane fare to as distant continents as Antarctica by dogs or by people? It is not dogs that are financing them; people are financing them. After enjoying everything that people’s money provides, they without any remorse or hesitation, make laws for the welfare of dogs, leaving people uncared for and at the mercy of those dogs. When people loose trust in them and decide not to vote in elections anymore, they pass other laws making voting compulsory. So when people decide to vote but make the votes invalid, they pass even more laws making voting electronic. Who are they challenging, their employment providers? This game certainly has to end.

Present day world delights to see mighty monarchs, prime ministers and presidents being hunted by people and dragged to trials in hospital beds.

Dogs more obstruct freedom for travel than people.

History of the world shows that it is common people in the streets who win ultimately. That is why people like to read about elected presidents and cabinet ministers dethroned and being hunted, chased and dragged by mobs through the streets the world over, a common spectacle of the first decades of the Twenty first century even if, they know, the likely presence of terrorist organizations behind these mass movements may ultimately lead to instability in society and deterioration in the level of administration. Let the present rotten lot go, we can build again; that is what the world thinks now. Mightier monarchs, prime ministers and presidents are being dragged through streets in hospital beds for trials in several parts of the world- Greece, Egypt, Syria and Libya and in a dozen other countries. It is now estimated that one kind or other of people’s revolutions are passing through nearly 65 of the countries in this world. Will anyone believe that a politician in India who was also a doctor, after passing this law ordered closing of the Government Anti-Rabies Vaccine Manufacturing Laboratories to bring about the high-rocketing of vaccine prices? Such broad and powerful is the influence and hold of vaccine manufacturers in India. They purchase lobbyists and decision- makers, make them pass laws to fill the streets with dogs, and when viruses saturate the country order closing of government-owned vaccine laboratories and raise vaccine prices twenty and fifty times at a time when deadly viruses are spreading throughout the country and killing people in tens of thousands. Or were it they who released the viruses, guised behind the façade of derailed research? Those who are skeptical about such possibilities go purchase and read novels of the world’s best-selling author Dr. Robert Ludlum such Coma, Fever, Shock, Vital Signs and Terminal. Anything can happen where money is involved.

Are they paid to represent people or to represent dogs?

Feared by executive, judiciary, legislature.

A People’s representative in Trivandrum told press that he spent 23000 rupees to treat a stray Pomeranian dog that his wife brought home from the street. Undoubtedly a ‘rich people’s representative’ to spend this much money for a dog in a single day! He also complained to the press that people’s representatives in Kerala cannot spend a single minute peacefully in the Legislative Assembly Hostel in Trivandrum due to incessant dog-barking from inside and outside the compound! Several other M.L.As joined in this complaint. Who are they making this complaint to? Why don’t they consider it a people’s problem and move assembly and government to act? They were just gossiping to the press for the pleasure of it eating up people’s money, not relaying to the third estate the problems of the fourth estate. After making laws that made people’s life hell, they simply joke about the ill-effects of those laws as if they were members of some private club.

Either a satisfied and contented Dog-Lovers’ Community or good tourism revenue- that is the position towards which Kerala moves.

Scene from Calcutta street.

When British Tourist Sandra Margaret was severely bitten by a pack of rowdy dogs in the famous Kovalam beach in Trivandrum, it brought international public attention to Kerala’s dog problem. Kerala is a beautiful state with great tourism potential. The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation boastfully advertises Kerala as ‘God’s Own Country’ but now in reality it has become the Dogs’ Own Country; dogs everywhere and god nowhere. If Kerala is God’s Own Country, who do they think this God to be? Street walking women, children and old men are continuously being attacked by dogs in Kerala. Many of these dogs are sexually trained in houses but let loose when they become quite uncontrollable and unsafe. Many of them are the road wheeler-types who can even jump high walls. Tour operators in Kerala fear that they will be have to pay compensation to dog-bite  victims at European rates. After reading about this horrible news in online papers and on the Internet, major European tour operators have begun to divert their tourists and travellers to other beautiful places such as Kashmir, Goa and Sri Lanka. Why take the risk of the responsibility for clients being raped by dogs in the streets while they are travelling through God’s Own Country? There are thousands of poor child vendors engaged in Kerala tourism  whose livelihood is being destroyed in these serial dog attacks. KTDC Chairman publicly admitted before press that Kerala tourism is on the brink of ruin due to tourist-attacking dogs which was reported by the Malayala Manorama Daily on 20-1-2011 in page 21. Newspapers everyday abound in stories of innocent street-walking women and children being attacked by dogs. Two major political parties, their powerful youth organizations, a host of politicians, assembly parliament and panchayat members, state bureaucrats- all sit and watch as if nothing could be done. Whom should they fear? When a complaint is made, every government official and politician in India says he is helpless, and advises the complainant to go to Delhi and make the complaint direct to some kind of person there. Either a satisfied and contented Dog-Lovers’ Community or good tourism revenue- that is the position towards which Kerala moves.

Dog meat mixed with beef, cooked well and served in hotels to make quick money.

Scene from Moscow street.

Adulteration of food articles is a very common practice among Kerala merchants. From a simple match box to a D V D player, you cannot purchase an original. The state organization for merchants never interferes. In fact the very organization is constituted of major adulterators who never have condemned adulteration. Except a few good merchants of long standing tradition and trust, all who sell food in Kerala turn to quick money. Many of them consider the freely-roaming dogs as easy meat. There are rumors that hundreds of cut dog heads were discovered in some parts of Kerala recently and that the rest of the bodies were never discovered. The rest of the body would have been mixed with beef, cooked well and served in hotels. As the number of dogs in the streets increase, more street dogs find their way to cooking pots in hotels. If almost all the politicians, administrators and bureaucrats in the country can make some money whenever and wherever they can, why can’t the merchants butcher a few dogs and mix with beef? Considering the notorious adulteration techniques prevalent in Kerala anything is possible. Certainly one needn’t abhor dog meat as it is already savoured in many parts of Asia, particularly in China, Korea and Taiwan in the form of delicious dog soup, dog curry and whole dog fry.

Dogs jumping before running vehicles, motor cyclists colliding together and school vans jumping into roadside rivers.

Sexually trained and liberated among people.

Dogs’ jumping before running motor vehicles and causing major accidents to travellers is a common incident in Kerala. Thousands of motor cyclists and car drivers are thus put to death or seriously injured each year. Recently in Karikkakom in Trivandrum city, in September 2011, a school van jumped into the river to avoid hitting a dog, resulting in the untimely loss of half a dozen innocent beloved nursery kids. It was a crime purely due to state’s reluctance in removing stray dogs from the streets. It was subsequently alleged that the van was driven not by the driver but by the cleaner,  and the dog was carefully removed from the picture. Even if it was the cleaner who was driving the van, he had already driven hundreds of kilometres safely until a dog jumped into his front. This was only one of a dozen of such exactly similar incidents in a single year. The right to travel and the freedom for travel is of paramount importance in a democracy. It was to protect this supreme right that roadside meetings were banned in Kerala. Dogs more obstruct freedom for travel in Kerala than those human beings who assemble on the roadside for holding a public meeting but no judicial court, legislative assembly or political or bureaucratic leadership show as much eagerness in removing dogs from the streets as removing people from the roads. Everyone fears that if they move for enactment of laws for compulsory removal of street dogs it would offend some great bitch somewhere high! That is why it is alleged that more important things are involved in dog legislation, including lobbying by sexual abusers of dogs and by privately owned anti rabies vaccine manufacturing companies.

The Ineffective S.P.C.A Kerala which is the haunt of rich pampered men and women who just want a place to take their cars to.

Waiting to jump before the next vehicle.

The S.P.C.A. Kerala is a very ineffective organization receiving considerable funds from official sources, running a few veterinary hospitals here and there and do nothing to investigate the wide dog abuse in the state. It is a haunt of a few rich pampered women and men who do just want a place to take their cars and go to while their husbands or wives are away. This organization does not inspect homes to find out whether dogs are licensed and health-certified and whether dogs are beings abused. They simply are not willing to inspect homes for fear of what they would find. Practically no house dogs in the state have licenses and health certificates. Leaving the dogs in rich homes unlicensed and uncertified, the City Council’s health inspectors are busily engaged in demolishing roadside shops and removing street vendors, taking away lives and dreams. To these undereducated psychopaths who entered service through windows, bulldozing poor peoples’ lives and dreams is more satisfying and delightful to watch than watching dogs being abused by fat memsahibs in rich homes. This is the picture from the entire state of Kerala. The famous City Council of Trivandrum ruthlessly removes poor street vendors and bulldozes their simple plank shops which sell good cheap hot food made under your eyes but never, except for a free dine, enter costly opulent hotels where they sell days-old junk food. Of the hundred thousands of house dogs in Trivandrum city, below half a dozen only have a license, it is believed. During the past decade, no single house inspection has been conducted by them. Moreover, if they inspect homes and find out dog abuse in homes of top level bureaucrats and businessmen in the city, how will they know how the culprits would react?

Inspecting homes to see whether dogs are licensed is not as delightful and thrilling as bulldozing away poor man’s road side plank shops.

Humans are far below.

The city council of Trivandrum has a fleet of health inspectors whose job it is to inspect homes, hotels and streets to see that dogs are certified and licensed, good food is served and rubbish is removed which they never do, protected under the immunity of trade unionism. The city which was once noted for cleanliness now stinks with accumulated and unremoved rubbish and garbage. The political vegetables who officiate as council members know these things clearly but they too have dogs in their houses. Inspecting homes checking for dog licenses is not as safe and exhilarating as bulldozing away defenseless poor people’s plank shops and listening to their cries and sobs. This is the same picture with Cochin and Calicut city councils. It is the scene everywhere in India.

Fatal days are only coming but roads are all left to virus platoons.

Highway Patrol alighted from Control Van One.

It would be fatal for Kerala to have a Rabies outbreak now, with this many dogs loose in the streets. It will please only the vaccine manufacturers and their dependent decision makers. Congo fever has crossed borders to India. Rat fever and swine flu have already took their toll and do not seem to have been harnessed which never can be. Trained health inspectors and para medical staff who can do effective handling of situations and whose presence is very much needed in the open are sitting sequestered safely in cool offices. Statistics in the state shows that institutions where no health inspectors are needed have been assigned five and more idling health and sanitary inspectors and there are thousands of such institutions. Protecting the innocent street walkers and house dwellers from severe dog attacks and dog-borne diseases was once thought to be the responsibility of people’s representatives in parliaments, legislative assemblies and local bodies but in these gatherings there never were any particular discussion about people being bitten by dogs in public roads or about deadly Zoonosis diseases spreading as waves one after another, eating up population. Now people know better, and have learned to see the ropes playing the puppets.

 

 

Dear reader, you certainly may have many dissenting opinions on the views expressed here but before writing them please also read the other two parts of this article to see whether they are already explained.

Read the first part of this article trio: ‘Houses Where Husbands Are Dogs And Dogs Are Husbands. P S Remesh Chandran.’

Read the second part of this article trio: ‘After Gays and Lesbians, Dog Lovers are the next to claim Recognition as a Community’. P S Remesh Chandran.

 

To read about other similar recent follies of Kerala people, click KERALA COMMENTARY here.

 

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1] Pets of the pampered…………….Iwolbern.
2] Dogs more obstruct freedom….Partizanoff.
3] Feared by executive……………..Andrey, Moscow.
4] Scene form Calcutta……………..Biswarup Ganguly.
5] Scene from Moscow……………..Sergey Tchernyakov.
6] Liberated among people……….Biswarup Ganguly.
7] Waiting to jump…………………..Andrey, Moscow.
8] Human are far below…………….Fred Hsu, Taiwan.
9] Highway Patrol alighted………..Waltersen, Bucharest.

 

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After Gays And Lesbians, Dog Lovers Are The Next To Claim Recognition As A Community. P S Remesh Chandran.

34. After Gays And Lesbians, Dog Lovers Are The Next To Claim Recognition As A Community. P.S.Remesh Chandran.

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By PSRemeshChandra, 22nd Sep 2011.  Short URL http://nut.bz/1l_gj_nm/
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Every house where dogs bark continuously will have at least one person who is intolerantly jealous of the tranquillity nature provides its creations, irrespective of whether he is the nation head, judge, law-maker, politician or parliamentarian. The world has seen enough of them and their follies and crimes not to be startled by. Some sleep with the other sex, some with the same sex and some with dogs. The world pays the price through horrible diseases such as dengue, rabies and chikungunya.

Social, medical and economic aspects of too many dogs being there.

An 1898 painting by Francis Barroud.

The first part of this article, ‘Where Husbands Are Dogs And Dogs Are Husbands’, discussed the social implications of the abundance of dogs and their incessant barking. This second part focuses on the medical problems originating from humans bedding with dogs and their role as animal reservoir hosts to many Arboviral infections such as Dengue fever, Nipah virus, Lyme disease, Chagas disease, Q fever, Chikungunya and the like sweeping the globe and killing millions. The third part of this article ‘Who Said It Is God’s Own Country, Kerala Is Now Dog’s Own Country’ will analyze the economic disasters caused from ‘number of dogs versus number of people’ in a nation and how a beautiful land in a corner of the world was broken down and destroyed piece by piece by dogs.

Houses from where dogs bark continuously are not worth more than the price of that dog.

Friend of man, betrayer of animals.Photo DMacauley

There are decent houses in our society and houses from where dogs bark continuously. Houses from where dogs bark continuously are not worth more than the price of that dog, which is negligible. They enjoy all the security and safety offered by human society to them, and then they place their dogs above human beings. People who do not throw a coin to a beggar can be seen going home with five kilos of chicken for their dog. It is their kind of charity, which is snobbery and ostentation in our terms. In most houses, if dogs are present, then books are absent. The delights of reading and the carnal pleasures from dogs do not go together. When the first dog Lyka reached space sitting in a Russian satellite, there was an uproar of protest in England on dogs’ lives being disrupted by men. Now when human life everywhere in the world is disrupted by the abundance of dogs, England is silent, no wonder. It is the modern European and English trend to lay the child where the dog should be and lay the dog where the child belongs to, hastily imitated by the East, resulting in the world-wide picture of unruly youth abandoning their parents in their old age and also resulting in one-fortnight marriages. The world is paying the price for their insatiable lust for dogs.

A dog’s mind is an extension of its master’s. Some come from our back and bite, some bark at our face, and some bark long after we are gone.

Burned bridges to the animal community.

In the houses of poor people, if their dog continuously barks causing disturbance to neighbours, they will come out, beat the dog and silence it. It is not to be called cruelty to animals but apt training. A dog and a child, if not beaten as part of its training, will someday receive all the beating, kicking and stoning from everyone in the society. After a few beatings, the dog learns that it is only a dog, that it is a part of human society, and should behave itself. After a few minutes’ wailing and moaning, it goes to its corner and lies there silent for the coming days. Poor people are more conscious of decent social behaviour and aware of the disturbance their acts may cause to other members of the society than rich people and people with authority. If it is a dog that is barking continuously for days from a rich man’s house, no one will come out, beat the dog or silence it. After an hour or two, a feeble female voice can be heard sometimes asking, ‘What is the problem Tony, Bobby, Jimmy, are you feeling cold? Wait, I will warm you.’ In such houses the dog continues to bark till the visitor goes out. Even if it is an unbearable disturbance for the visitor to continue talking in the midst of this bedlam, the man, the madame or the kids won’t interfere. The visitor will go, the dog will stay. The dog does not like anybody coming to that house. When visitors are seen coming to those houses, the blood pressure of neighbours would rise, for they know that during the next hour or a few or for that whole day, there would be no end to dog barking. We will wonder why these fools still drag themselves to those houses where dogs are far more important than human beings. A dog’s behaviour is an extension of its master’s. Some unexpectedly come from the back and bite; some continuously bark till we leave that house, some continue barking even after we are miles and miles away from that inhospitable house.

“What I wonder is how this many dog scratch marks appear on their lower abdomen.”

Then it was rats, now it is dogs. From Weymouth.

In so many houses, it is interesting to note, the dog starts barking when the master of the house returns home after work in the evening. It will stop barking when he goes again to work in the morning the next day. That wretched human being, we know, pines and grieve in his heart but can do nothing for fear of divorce. Do not think that this is just author’s imagination. It actually happened in a Trivandrum house, witnessed and settled in the Family Court. It was from Ulloor or somewhere that this case was reported. Here it was the man who could not live without his female dog companion. Even if his wife of long years left him let her go; he won’t let his dog go. The tired wife finally sought divorce and secured it. Why live in a house-bed thickly saturated with dog hair and excretions? In many houses the dog wants nobody else in the house except his missus. Whether anyone believes it or not, there was a very famous doctor in Trivandrum, a social activist, who yelled at newspaper reporters: “I am the most prominent gynaecologist in Trivandrum and have brought to daylight more children than all other doctors in this district combined have. The Madames of Trivandrum need me to deliver their babies safe, but when I repeatedly say that stray dogs in the streets should essentially be killed, there is no one to listen to me. What I wonder is how this many dog scratch marks appear on their lower abdomens.” It was a horror to read about this news in newspapers in those orthodox times, but he was telling the truth, uttered alone by a philosopher social activist and doctor, committed to human welfare and sanity.

Spending millions on sterilizing dogs to please a few fat memsahibs, snobs and novoeu rich while millions beg on the streets and live in poverty!

What this doctor predicted as would happen actually happened. Trivandrum in later years fell into the grip of a series of  Zoonosis diseases like dengue and chikungunya and thousands were dead and many thousands more incapacitated for life. Every poor man’s home in the state lost at least one member to these diseases for no fault of theirs. The sexual lust of a few rich women and men invariably led to the death and incapacitation of thousands. These sexual perverts did not even stop there. They took care to exclude any mention of dogs in the medical reports. And they also pulled strings to restrain authorities from reconsidering or withdrawing dog-legislations already passed. All blamed and hunted mosquitoes; no one admitted that mosquitoes are just carriers of Dengue-like fevers and dogs are the host reservoirs for these viruses from whom the mosquitoes get them. Had there been not this many dogs in the streets and in the houses, there would not have been any such diseases. The greatest caprice was from the part of the health authorities. They entirely pretended that they never even have heard about Zoonosis diseases, Arboviral infections or animal reservoir hosts in their lives and spent still more millions on pretended research. The number of appearances of these waves of killer diseases in Kerala, India, Asia and the World is directly proportional to the rise in the number of dogs in the streets and in the houses, following the enactment of modern-world, anti-human, dog-protection laws and also due to the scam that is Animal Birth Control. ABC Programme in Asia is sterilization of male dogs. Dogs removed from the streets will be taken to veterinary hospitals or anywhere, vasectomized or not and returned to the same spot they were captured from, the authorities thus escaping skillfully from the responsibility of removing dogs permanently from the streets. It is the most lucrative business for government officials now in the Asian countries, crumbs thrown down to lower officials by corrupt national administrations that go after greater chunks. Who is going to verify whether street dogs are actually vasectomized or not? Spending millions more on sterilizing dogs to please a few fat memsahibs, snobs and novoeu rich, while millions in these democracies beg on the streets and live in poverty!

Fleas are one of the chief carriers of many diseases and they are in very friendly terms with dogs.

Left to dogs by parents while in infancy.

Dogs are proven hosts to hundreds of parasites and viruses and play a prominent role in originating and spreading diseases. Dogs act as parasite reservoir for many human infections. Many parasites reside in the stomach walls of dogs. Infection through dogs is observed to be a common and world wide problem. Children in close and continuous contact with dogs are the most infected. Most human infections through dogs occur in Asian countries. If a child, mother, grown up man or an old man gets one of these diseases, before going to a doctor for immediate medical assistance, make sure that there were no dogs in that particular house, in the houses nearby or roaming the nearby roads. Majority of the dogs are flea-infested. Fleas are one of the chief carriers of many diseases and they are in very friendly terms with dogs. Diseases got from dogs thus are primarily responsible for many problems with the lymph system. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which has a very high mortality rate of 20 to 25 percent, is one of the most severe of human infections transmitted by ticks living on dogs.

When waves of Zoonosis diseases strike the world, dog-lovers and dog law makers escape into their private sanctuaries. When waves recede they come out and bark.

Diseases from dogs begin here.

There are hundreds of other diseases spread by pet animals including dogs. Nipah Virus, Lyme disease, Chagas disease, Q fever, Brucellosis, Diphyllobothriasis, Ehrlichiosis, Pasteurellosis, Rickettsiae, Rhinosporidiosis, Ringworm Salmonellosis, Strongyloidiasis, Yersiniosis, Leptospirosis, Leishmaniasis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis, Echinococcosis, Coenuruses cerebralis. Coccidioidomycosis and Giardiasis-theirs is a long list. The spreading of these diseases among humans could have been totally avoided, had human society broken ties with dogs. Presence of dog breeders, dog lovers and dog law makers in this world is the reason for the spreading of these diseases. It is they who are solely responsible for the death of millions of human beings from waves of Zoonosis diseases sweeping this globe each year. When these diseases occur, the world spends millions and millions of dollars, rupees and pounds in treating them and for preventing them. When these deadly and ugly diseases occur among human beings, dog lovers in the world escape into their private sanctuaries and remain silent for a few days, fearing accusation. When the waves of diseases withdraw for a time, they come out of their hiding places and bark.

Rabies resulting in death from a nervous breakdown: The most fearsome gift to man from dogs.

Rabies is the most fearsome disease caused in man and other animals by dogs. This disease in humans is almost always due to a bite from an infected dog. Other infected mammals also can cause this disease in humans but statistics shows that the number of such cases is negligible. The rabies virus causes acute infection of the Central Nervous System in man, resulting in breakage of the normalcy of the system and the man finally dying of a nervous breakdown. Rabies occurs nearly in all countries where dogs are an inseparable part of the community. Investigations have shown that letting dogs into beds can make people ill with other deadly diseases. Sometimes people will lick dogs, or the dog will lick them. Bedding with dogs is a common practice in many families. The deadly and unpleasant infection of MRSA is got from dog cuddling when people snuggle up to their dogs. Every home in which dogs co-exist and co-habitat with humans has problems of pulmonary diseases and infections in children, caused by remaining close to the exhaling respiratory stream of dogs. More and more people are now napping with their pet dogs inside closed and shut rooms.

All Arboviral infections like Dengue fever have to have an animal reservoir host like dog.

Dogs gradually become inseperable companions.

Dengue Fever is a Zoonosis, a disease occurring primarily in mammalian animals that can be transmitted to humans. The viruses responsible for this disease survive in nature as infections in animals; human infection is not necessary for their survival. Dengue Fever is an Arboviral infection, the viruses being transmitted by arthropod vectors such as ticks. House dogs and street dogs are the common Animal Reservoir Hosts to these viruses, as almost all of these animals are tick-affected. The recent outbreaks of Dengue Fever in Kerala were exclusively caused by the millions of dogs roaming the streets and in the houses. Otherwise the healthy and clean people of Kerala would not have succumbed this much easily to this disease and this much frequently too. Actually, reports from Kerala indicate that the State has been in the grip of dog-transmitted diseases for long. Hundreds of people there are daily admitted to hospitals following severe group attacks by dogs in the streets. The recent outbreaks of Dengue Fever rendered health services helpless, claimed hundreds of human lives and incapacitated tens of thousands more. Everyone talked about mosquitoes, stagnant pools, dirty canals and the like, but no one admitted the possibility these diseases being spread from dogs, lest it would be commented as trivial. With this many dogs on the loose in streets and houses, there may occur yet another outbreak of Dengue and Congo Fevers in Kerala which would be fatal. The health authorities and dog lovers know this but they fear revealing this for fear of retaliation from people.

Even W.H.O. articles on Chikungunya carefully remain vague about the role of the abundance of dogs.

Chikungunya is a viral disease closely similar to Dengue fever that recently swept through Africa, Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Europe andAmerica. As the African name denotes, it causes a contorted and stooped appearance and may take years and decades for the patient to get a slight relief. Full recovery is never. There is no treatment or vaccine available for this disease. Victims are incapacitated and cannot work or earn a living for many years. The destructing power of this virus is such that it is considered as an ideal agent for future biological weapons and warfare. Chikungunya is an Arboviral infection which need an animal reservoir host for the virus to survive and thrive in nature. It will need an animal reservoir host or a primate other than men to reside in and multiply for a time. Usually they are monkeys and dogs. Outbreaks of this disease happened very recently and very frequently too. Nothing especially happened in the environmental conditions of the world which was why world health authorities could not predict the coming of this disease. What they could not see clearly and take into account was the number of dogs increasing inconceivably everywhere. Or even if they knew, they were forced to remain silent about it, knowing well the iron hand of dog-lovers, many of whom the dignitaries who design and govern the modern world. Assuming all things in the environment remained the same, and also given that the number of some available animal host increased in the world considerably lately so as to cause repeated massive outbreaks of this disease, we are forced to believe that it was only the number of dogs in the world that increased lately, due to nations one after another blindly passing laws banning the killing of dogs. Even W.H.O. articles on Chikungunya carefully remain vague about the role of the abundance of dogs in bringing about this disease which is sweeping through almost all continents. Some get a few minutes’ pleasure from dogs and the world pays too high a price for the pleasure to be justified.

The orthodox Hindu Brahmins of India never allow dogs anywhere near their homes, temples and compound for fear of breach of sanctity and cleanliness.

Man spends millions from national revenue to keep children away from horrible communicable diseases which go useless due to his habit of keeping dogs inside his house. Perhaps it will amount to enough money to feed all hungry human beings in the world the year round. Grown up people with stronger bodies and more resistant defense systems can perhaps withstand the threat from diseases from house-dogs but young children and old people with weaker defense systems are sure to get these diseases. When they invariably get infected, the parents take them to hospitals resulting in a waste of the limited resources of the society, causing overcrowding in hospitals and making even more people vulnerable to diseases. The orthodox Hindu Brahmins of India never allow dogs anywhere near their home, temple or compound. They consider dogs entering those places a profane act and breach of sanctity and cleanliness. Where does all the drop-out hair of a house-dog go except to the digestive and respiratory systems of the occupants of the house?

Dog lovers eat cow, goat, oxen, pigs and chicken to their stomachs’ fill, ascend to their roofs and bark loudly that dogs shall not be killed.

Promoted to the post of partner.

Not all dog lovers are animal lovers. They eat cow, goat, oxen, pigs and chicken to their stomachs’ fill, ascend to their roofs and proclaim loudly that dogs shall not be killed. They parade through city streets demanding legislation on the killing of stray dogs roaming the streets. They move governments to ban killing of dogs. They sit in assemblies and sanction laws for dogs. When cows, buffaloes and sheep are slaughtered in millions, they speak nothing but eat them. We know that in whichever countries killing of dogs is prohibited, killing of cows, buffaloes, sheep, camels, horses and other useful animals are not prohibited. We all know that what behind this philosophy of theirs is their sexual desire for dogs. The other animals cannot be safely used for sexual purposes; dogs can be and are. It is not a new thing or news to the world, at least since the time of the notoriety of the Egyptian and Roman queens. That is why dogs barking incessantly from houses, causing noise and disturbance to neighbours, are not beaten and silenced. A dog which is once beaten can never again be used safely for sexual activities. So, even if the whole society turns against them, they will not beat and silence their dog. Dog lovers in this world are a very powerful lobby. Many laws which were long demanded by people are seldom introduced in parliaments of the world’s nations. But if somebody decides to introduce yet another law for dogs, it is introduced then and there and unanimously passed within days. The richer, more influential and more highly positioned a person is the more neglected him usually is by his children and society and left with only dogs for companionship in his loneliness. Many politicians, bureaucrats and law-makers, after night-long decision-making and partying, reach their homes just as vegetables. Many reach only up to their car sheds, not up to bed rooms. Dogs certainly are needed in those houses. If they ever return home after making anti-dog legislation or after taking any kind of action against dogs for sound pollution or public nuisance from constant barking they are out! After gays and lesbians, dog-lovers are the next to claim recognition as a community.

When and if the world desires so, dogs and their lovers will have to go outside the world.

The dog-lovers and dog activists in the world comprise only a fraction of not more than one percent of the human population. But their lust for dog has resulted in society loosing millions of precious human lives through diseases. It is people who have nothing to do with dogs who are dying of diseases originating from dogs. And the dogs’ incessant barking has become the new universal inescapable background noise of the world. If some one wishes to keep dogs, let them go first buy and install infra red dog-barking arresters. The world has the right to remain free from ugly diseases and unwanted sounds.

If this article is taken to a minister of state for governmental action against the dog problem he will not take action. If it is taken to some editor of a newspaper or a television channel, he will not publish it. If it is taken to a parliamentarian or a politician, he will not legislate. No one likes to antagonize his wives.

 

 

Dear Reader, You may have dissenting opinions on the views expressed here by the author but you are requested to kindly read the first and third articles of this trio here:

‘Houses Where Husbands Are Dogs And Dogs Are Husbands’.
‘Who said It is God’s Own Country? Kerala Is Now Dogs’ Own Country’.

 

To read about more similar present day follies of Kerala people,

click Kerala Commentary.

 

 

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Are Our Women and Children Safe in Our Hospitals? P.S.Remesh Chandran.

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Are Our Women and Children Safe in Our Hospitals? P.S.Remesh Chandran.

Editor, Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum.

 

By PSRemeshChandra, 23rd Apr 2011.  Short URL http://nut.bz/26v_0o9d/
Posted in Wikinut  Essays

 

Doctors like to think that they have immunity against crimes they commit on human lives caused by their ignorance, negligence and dereliction. This true story fromIndiaillustrates how unsafe the lives of our women and children are in our hospitals and how incapable and submissive are governments towards crimes by the blue-collared in India.

World people’s money squandered on opulence and luxuries.

Human Newborn. Will the World Allow to Live.

World Health Organization extends assistance of millions of dollars of world people’s money each year to developing countries and under developed countries, but lets go unpardonable crimes committed with the opulence and lavishness of this world money. It is time the death of thousands of Indian Mothers in simple PPS operations be investigated by international agencies. The sad and heart-rending pictures from other Asian countries also are not different. It is true diseases attack us when we are left with no money in our pockets, but that is when jackals and hyenas in gowns demand us money for treating us in hospitals. The famous free system of Indian hospitals is crushed down inch by inch by the rulers ofIndiato please the greedy new generation body mechanics.

25000 Rupees for carrying an operating knife buried in the abdomen for 20 years.

Mother’s love vast,deep and limitless as the brine

News reports from Tamil Nadu inIndiasay that the State Human Rights Commission there ordered government to pay compensation of 25000 rupees to Coimbatore VeeraKeralam Thentral Nagar-native Mohanraj’s wife Nandini. In 1989 she gave birth to a child in theCoimbatoregovernment hospital after which underwent a Post Partum Surgery. Following this simple surgery which is done for birth control, she began to experience severe pain in her lower abdomen and sought treatment in a number of hospitals. After consuming a load of pain killers through the years, she was advised by Dr. Nandakumar of Coimbatore to scan her abdomen which she did. Presence of an operating knife in her lower abdomen was detected in the scan. The doctors of Coimbatore  Government Hospital after a caesarian operation had closed her abdomen leaving an operating knife negligently there. The State Human Rights Commission registered a case based on a 2008 newspaper report, after 20 years of the incident. Even though 25000 Indian rupees, i.e. nearly 5000 dollars for carrying an operating knife for 20 years in one’s lower abdomen buried there by the insolent negligence of a surgeon is a paltry sum, the goodwill of the Human Rights Commission of Tamil Nadu to order payment of compensation as token of admittance of a state crime against a woman of India is applaudable though a very rare verdict.

Murder of thousands of mothers in simple PPS operations by negligent psychopaths.

Maternal Affection Immortalized in Marble.

It is primary responsibility of attending surgeons to count the number of articles going in and taken out. It is they who have to ensure that whatever has gone in have also taken out. Do not anyone even think that the health services are a wild jungle. Everything is protocolled in advance. If something is left behind, it is someone’s responsibility. If death results as a consequence, it is plain murder. The Indian Law is such clear and plain, unless confused by authorities who wish to save the asses of their darlings. If government does not take action, the government is accessory to the crime. The Constitution of India does not offer immunity to doctors against crimes resulting from their ignorance or negligence. The question is, whether the government has allowed the culprits to continue in their posts as surgeons and if already retired, whether the government would be willing and prepared to prosecute them and cut their pensions. Is the responsibility of government simply to pay compensations for the misdeeds and the mistakes made by surgeons or to arrest and prosecute them for their crimes? The above case is one of nearly a million in Tamil Nadu. During the 1980s there was a feverish rush of PPS operations going on in almost all states ofIndia, following the central government’s offering of handsome incentives to doctors, as part of national birth control activities. Hundred thousands of PPS operations were done then by incompetent doctors everywhere, not less than ten percent of them resulting in casualties such as those discussed above. Kerala was the number one state with the highest number of PPS operations done. Awards were given, merit certificates issued and money transferred. Kerala is considered perhaps the state with the highest rate of literacy in India but the following incident would reveal that this higher literacy rate of any state in India does not make the killing of women and children in hospitals by ignorant, negligent and psychopathic doctors impossible to happen or punishable by practice in India.

One time bribe for male; each visit bribe for lady.

Not at all a burden. From Kathmandu in Nepal.

In 1984, a young lady named Shanta fromKurupuzhaVillagein Trivandrum District was admitted in the Nedumangadu Taluk Head Quarters Hospital for delivery. She had no relatives except husband serving in the Middle East and a very old grandfather who stayed with her. The two gynecologists, one male and the other female who worked in that hospital at that time had only one difference between them. The male got satisfied with a one-time bribe. The lady insisted on bribe each day she visited a patient. It will look and feel like we are in the Barbarian Ages as regard to hospitals in Kerala whether the state is ruled by the Congress or the Communists. The old man who accompanied her did not know anything about how to give bribes to doctors. So when the day of delivery arrived she gave birth to a healthy boy child in an inevitable and indispensable caesarian operation. Following a PPS operation also, she was returned to her home. The very next day the patient was rushed back to the hospital following fits, which was unusual after ordinary, common and simple PPS operations. So the patient with her nascent child was referred to the Sree Avittam Tirunal Hospital for Women & Children in the capital city of Trivandrum.

Blood-stained cotton mop discovered inside Peritonis membrane in the abdomen.

Mother posed and the child didn’t. From Lima, Peru

The patient lying on bed in theSATHospitalwould rise up and fall onto the floor as if picked up and thrown down there by some unknown hands. Even the skilled doctors in that prestigious institution could not diagnose the true cause of this symptom. Because she could not breast-feed her child, he died after 3 months. She lay there in the hospital for nine more months, after which she too succumbed to death. In normal cases hospital deaths won’t be subjected to post mortem examinations. But this being a unique case which had brain-teased the skilled doctors there for months, they decided to post-mortem operate and study it as a unique case. A months-old, blood-stained cotton mop was discovered from inside the Peritonis membrane of the abdomen. Human body’s involuntary effort and strain to oust this foreign body out was what was causing those fits. Think about the compensation that will have to be paid, in European standards. Even in the Asian standards, it will not come lower than Five hundred thousand rupees for two deaths with a single life. Had those doctors who did PPS confessed earlier or had even expressed a doubt from the beginning as to any mistake that might have happened on their part, the patient would have been examined on the very first day for any mistakes, ignorance or negligence on the part of the surgeons, the cotton mop would have been detected and removed, and the patient and her child would have gone to their home alive and would have been living today. Loss of two precious human lives to the greed and negligence of two insolent incompetent doctors! The two culprits had depended on the sure chance of a hospital death not being post-mortem examined. TheSATHospitalrecorded Peritonitis as the cause of death in their Post Mortem Report.

Are governments to pay compensation for doctors’ follies with people’s money?

Mother and Child Face to Face.

Every Peritonitis death will have a responsible person behind it. Memo of charges were issued, explanations received and accepted and the file closed. Media withdrew from pursuing the case. Complaints made by the relatives and natives of the deceased came to nothing. Government declined to interfere for fear of thousands and thousands of such PPS deaths and blunders coming to daylight and being investigated and prosecuted, resulting in payment of huge amounts as compensations. People normally fear to make complaints against doctors, as all know that doctors are closely associated with police officers in witnessing and evidencing medico-legal cases in judicial courts and in issuance of wound certificates and post-mortem certificates. So people are reluctant to pursue complaints against doctors as a general rule. Doctors are licensed to practice till the end of their days where as IAS, IPS, IFS and IRS officers inIndiahave to retire at an age. People’s representatives and legislators also know that they someday will lose their power and authority and will become sick. That is why inIndiadoctors are not answerable to anyone for their crimes. Will anyone believe that the culprit in this crime eventually became director for the entire health service activities in the state?

Toppling a world famous health infra structure by fake doctors.

Solacing Each Other. The Eternal Duo.

Justice M.P.Menon Commission that enquired into the fake university mark list cases in Kerala concluded their report by commenting that they had the opportunity to expose only a few of the fake doctors in Kerala and that thousands of them were continuing in the health services department as doctors, unquestioned and unexamined by anybody. The Commission expected that government will pursue what action the Honorable Commission could not undertake with their limited time and resources. Why government did not take any continued action was due to the majority of them being sons and daughters of those higher officials, business men and industrial houses who run the state. The argument then had been that exposing and dismissing thousands of such doctors from health service would topple the health infrastructure in the state which was then being held in high esteem by even the W.H.O., but later developments in the state and Kerala’s later falling a prey to indefensible serial fevers which claimed thousands of lives and incapacitated tens of thousands more, proved that health infrastructure in the state had already been toppled by them.

 

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Dear Reader,

You are invited to kindly visit the Author’s Web Site of P.S.Remesh Chandran, Editor, Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrumat: 

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Translations of this article in French, German, Spanish and Italian published in Knol.com can be read by clicking here.

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