The Weekly Dose: The death of a doctor
India is the leprosy capital of the world. On World Leprosy Day, I revisit Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990), a National Award-winning film about an ordinary doctor-researcher who toils for years to develop a vaccine against leprosy, and how his own community responds to his success.
The Weekly Dose: How Kashmiris died of no network coverage
A single utterance can be both truth and bold-faced lie.
The Weekly Dose: CAAn someone call a doctor?
What effect will granting - and more importantly, stripping someone of the right to live in our country have on their access to healthcare? Can subsidised treatment be denied to someone bereft of the trump card of citizenship? If the Citizenship Amendment Act is enforced, and a National Registry of Citizens drawn up, who will take responsibility for the health of millions who may be imprisoned or deported?
The Weekly Dose: New Year’s wishes, from my body to yours
May we remember that we began to die the moment we were born, and that we can begin to live right now. The possibility of life after death is a mystery; life before death - and taxes - are the only certainty.
The Weekly Dose: Biology according to the BJP
In the last five years, fake news has - quietly, surreptitiously - ushered in the era of fake facts. Complete scientific fiction is being peddled as gospel medical truth by the men and women we have chosen to lead us. It is only natural that their followers will follow their uninformed advice, with disastrous health consequences.
The Weekly Dose: An uncommon doctor who six strangers have in common
Part two of a two-part series about the late Dr Athavale.
The Weekly Dose: Ghosts of Doctors Past
‘The paediatrician who hopes to improve child health in any developing country must appreciate that he is only one member of a large team. Child health is much more dependent on the agriculturist, the veterinarian, the engineer, the administrator, the economic adviser, the family planner and the politician.’
Living and not dying in Ayodhya
While the two-and-a-half decades of religious and political conflict produced special issues of magazines and several weighty books, none offered me any insight into what it’s like to live one’s humdrum, non-sectarian life in Ayodhya: birth, growing up, marriage, children and death.
The Weekly Dose: Insulin's second coming
In the wake of Biocon Pharma’s announcement that it will supply insulin to patients in low- and middle-income countries at just seven rupees a day, here is a short history of insulin, and its status in India today.
The Weekly Dose: This article is about SUICIDE!
The PCI is a quasi-judicial, statutory body mostly composed of representatives from the print media, which acts as a watchdog for the fraternity. In mid-September, it announced that all print organisations were to adopt the section of the Mental Health Care Act 2017 which prohibits the publication of photos of, or information about a person undergoing treatment for mental illness, without his or her consent. No more can newspapers feature mugshots of someone who attempted suicide, or include details that may reveal their identity.