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From: Kumudini D. Valambhia
Kingsbury, London
Our Mixed Sex Wards Of Shame
Dear Sir

It 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 in opposition.

As 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.

The 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 delay.

Our 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.

It 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.

I 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.

Charity 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.

Yours Sincerely

Kumudini Valambhia

From: Mr. Bhupendra Gandhi
Kingsbury, London
Chinese Dragon Outperforms India On All Fronts
Dear Sir,

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 China.

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.

Yours Sincerely


From: Prem Hars
Kenton, Harrow
General Comments & Observations
Dear Sir

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 show.

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.

Yours truly

Prem Hars

From Ramesh Vaish Moradabadi
London, UK
Congratulations On A Great Magazine
Dear Sir

I am really impressed with the continuous progress of India Link Internatioal. There are various reasons for it. Style of English writing in your columns remind me of the two great giants of English literature in India who belonged to Allahabad University. Even Pandit Nehru used to consult them frequently. One was Dr. Firaq Gorakhpuri; and the other Amar Nath Jha, vice chancellor of the University. I knew his brother Aditya Nath Jha iCS who was the chief secretary UP Govt and later on became the Lt. Governor of Delhi State. It was a great pleasure and inspiration to listen and discuss with them various issues.

When I read the articles in India Link International I find the same sort of pleasure and inspiration. The layout, subject matter, news items, the photo graphs of a whole range of personalities, from councillors to prime ministers and presidents, come alive in the pages of the magazine. What impresses me most is the variety of contents. From business world to Bollywood, and Hollywood, from India to Britain, USA, Australia, New Zea Land and even South Korea can be found in the magazine. Information and knowledge one gets from the magazine is astounding. All fields of human life, politics, social science, ethics, spirituality, entertainment and economics are covered. If one is not a subscriber of India Link, I personally think the person is deprived of something valuable and important in life.

Happily, I spend two months of winter in Uttar Pradesh, especially Moradabad and Nainital organising Eye camps which carry out cataract operations of nearly-blind poor and old. Finally, I wish India Link International rapid progress and more subscribers not only from Britain but from all over the world. May God bless the Editor and his team. I support their cause all the way.

Yours truly

Ramesh Vaish Moradabadi

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