February - March 2004
Letters to the Editor
Kumudini D. Valambhia
Mixed Sex Wards Of Shame
was very disturbing to read about a grandmother aged
70, who is terminally ill, dying of cancer, may have
been raped by a fellow patient. Her sickening and painful
ordeal happened on a ward shared with male patients,
the situation this Government promised to abolish when
an ex nurse, who has worked in the National Health
Service for some 20 years, I know from personal experience
how degrading and humiliating patients feel, especially
women patients, when they have to share a ward with
their male counterparts.
fact that this fragile and venerable woman patient was subjected to
such an embarrassing, painful and horrying crime, gives credence to
a repeated calls by the vast majority of patients, backed by most nursing
staffs to scrap these undignified mixed- sex wards without any further
Prime Minister Shri Tony Blair said as long ago as 1996 that it is
just a question of political will to abolish such mixed- sex wards.
Some progress have been made and some National Health Trusts have indeed
abolished such wards, yet the progress is painfully slow.
is a question of political will and determination rather than finance.
If we have money to send our troops globetrotting to far flung corners
of the world, spend billions on war and peace keeping, write off the
debts of the third world countries, amounting to billions of pounds,
although these money was wasted on armament and political corruption,
then I am sure we can afford to provide dignity to these old and infirm
patients, most of whom have worked and paid their taxes throughout
their working lives. Yet it seems one has to be a refugee, an asylum
seeker or a complete destitute in order to qualify for any help from
the government. We are denied certain services even when we are able
and willing to pay the full cost of the services.
understand, from my own personal experience that NHS is trying to get
though with the Health Tourist. It is a wellcome move but they have
to get their sums right, as NHS is so often targetting the wrong people.
I recently received a letter from my local hospital brandishing me
as a health tourist and to keep away from the hospital, as I would
be charged if I receive any treatment from them. Not only I have been
a resident of this country for 35 years, but also I have been trained
as a nurse here and provided a front line service to NHS for some 20
years before I joined the Civil Service.
begins at home and let us hope that this caring government will look
after the needs of their own long suffering citizens before taking
on the difficult task of solving the problems of
the rest of the world.
Mr. Bhupendra Gandhi
Dragon Outperforms India On All Fronts
Just over fifty years ago, both China and India came into nationhood. India
gained her independence from Britain after a long and arduous struggle
while China defeated the remnant of the occupying Japanese army and was
united under the leadership of Mao Tse-tung, who declared China a People's
Repbulic, under the autocratic rule of the Communist Party of China.
While China was
war-devastated, India was spared the Japanese invasion and the subsequent
brutalities and the destruction of the infrastructure by the heroic
deeds of the Indian Javans, fighting under the British flag, who
stopped the Japanese army in their tracks in Burma. Yet today, fifty
years on, China has evolved into a modern, united and supremely capable
state, a super power in every sense, even in the eyes of USA.
The statistics are
staggering, especially on the economic and military front. The Chinese
industrial might produces one in two air-conditioners, one in three
TV and video sets. It is the same storey in practically every electronic
and durable consumer goods. While there are 20 million mobile phones
in use in India, the figure in China is 350 million.
China's GDP is touching
one thousand billion US dollor and her export of $80 billion, is more
than twice that of India. It is an incredible economic success storey,
although achieved at a price in political and social freedom.
China boasts four
tallest buildings in the top ten. The new economic zones are awash
with skyscrapers that literally touch the sky, the top floors disappearing
in the early morning mist and haze, a by-product of rapid industrialization.
China is going to host the Olympic games in the year 2008 and is expected
to win most gold medals? India could not even dream of staging such
an event, let alone win medals by a bucket full.
China has already
successfully tested Szhenzhou III spacecraft, capable of putting a
man on the moon and she did put a man in the orbit and brought him
down without a hitch. China will have an orbiting space station by
the end of next year, thus becoming the only third nation to have a
permanent presence in the outer space. It will make China militarily
invincible. Even mighty America is unable to bully China on her poor
human right's record.
India out performs China in only one sector, that of computer software.
This will soon change, as China has embarked on the learning process,
that of teaching her citizens the English language, the language of commerce,
trade, science and technology.
The question that
requires an answer is why? Where has India gone astray? The answer
most pundits come up with are simple yet too complex to implement.
The democracy is the downfall of
India, which creates a vote bank and corruption on a massive scale. Half
the Indian politicians are corrupt to the hilt while the rest takes their
orders from across the border.
While China is able
to implement a one child per family rule, a minimum marriageable age
of 21 for girls and 23 for boys, it could bring down a government in
a democratic India if she tries to emulate China. The religious and
social strife is on the increase while billions of rupees are wasted
on subsidizing religious activities of the ethnic minorities, in order
to build a vote bank. No government has the courage to limit a family
size, introducing minimum marriageable age and make education compulsory
for both boys and girls and to curtail the religious fundamentalism.
Yet, we the Indians
are one of the most educated, hard working, law abiding and economically
vibrant and successful people in the West, outperforming even the industrious
Chines and Japanese in USA. The corrupt democracy, creation of vote
bank, lack of education among the ethnic minority, spending too much
time and effort on religious activities and appeasement, along with
political apathy among the majority Hindu population has kept India
economically backward, compared to Japan, South Korea, Singapore and
Sars epidemic in
China and India's rapid, 8:5% growth under the BJP led NDA government
may yet close the gap but India has a long way to go, to catch up China
in economic development and military hardware.
There is no easy
answer or a simple SOLUTION to India's problems, most of which are
self inflected wounds when India was virtually a one party state under
the Congress party. I wonder whether it would have made any difference
if Bharat was declared a Hindu nation in 1947, on gaining her independence?
I am sure your intellectual and well informed readers would like to
comment on the subject.
BHUPENDRA M. GANDHI
Comments & Observations
Chief ministers of Indian States (Laloo Prasad, Chandra Babu Naidu, Mulayam
Singh, Jaylalithaetc) are behaving like the warlords of Afghanistan. They
inhibit the progress of India. These regional leaders should join hands
with either Congress or BJP and start getting rid of poverty and near starvation
situation in some part of the country rather than carrying on their one-man
About cricket, Rahul Dravid did extremely well in Adelaid Test. If one
looks at the records or Indian cricket in last 50 years, it is clear that
whenever the bowlers do well, the batsmen clinch victory. That's where
the Indian Cricket Board should look at and do something. In the Adelaid
test, it was Ajit Agarkar. Without his bowling triumph, the grand centuries
of Rahul Dravid, glorious as it was, would be as fruitless as that of Sachin's
in the Melbourne test. We need really fast bowlers with good stamina.
Ramesh Vaish Moradabadi
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