For long, Tamil Nadu has not been able to tap the vast potential of wind energy a long coastline offers. Continue Reading..
Recently concluded Indian Science Congress in Mumbai had a session dedicated to contributions of India to Science and Technology. It is for the first time that India officially acknowledged her invaluable contributions in generating and distributing knowledge. It is quite unfortunate that the discussions went on in the session generated much controversies among scientists and technologists. This event shows that even after about more than six decades of Independence, we Indians have not yet regained our self esteem which was lost during the 19th century when British were trying to find out a method to enslave India. The speech made by Lord Macaulay in the British parliament on 2nd February 1835 speaks all. “I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen a person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such calibre, that I do not think we could ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage and therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient system, her culture, for if Indians think that all that is foreign and English is superior and better than their own, they will lose their self esteem and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.” Continue Reading..
It was about 2 am, one day, when a patient was brought to the casualty ward of the Civil Hospital in Solapur with a head injury. The surgical resident on duty was asked to escort the patient to get a CT scan done. While he was doing so, he was approached by a policeman who asked him to attend to a lady in labor. The resident tried to contact the gynecology department but on being unable to do so, gave the policeman the intercom number. He tried to return to his patient. At this juncture, the policeman beat him up and dragged him by his hair to the corridor. This event was captured on CCTV. What followed was a state-wide protest, by the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, which culminated in the suspension of the policemen and the launch of a CID investigation into the matter. Happy ending?
A few days after this incident I overheard a conversation between some locals. The police were being victimized and how the doctor was obviously at fault. Doctors are obviously out just to rob people of their hard earned money. I am no one to judge anyone involved in the incident but what worries me is that such anti-doctor sentiments prevail all over the country even as I write this. Continue Reading..