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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

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Ramadoss acting like a dictator

The editorial “The wrong doctor sacked” (July 7) is timely. The treatment meted out to AIIMS Director Dr Venugopal by Union Health Minister Dr A. Ramadoss is an insult to both the Director and the institute. AIIMS has come a long way only because of the efforts by experts like Dr Venugopal. Dr Ramadoss has no right to meddle in the affairs of AIIMS as a dictator and destroy its autonomy.

Unfortunately, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is finding it difficult to check his ministerial colleagues because of coalition compulsions. Had Dr Ramadoss any inkling of the Prime Minister’s mind, he would not have indulged in this dirty politics and oneupmanship.

If tussles between ministers and experts in the past are any indication, despite Dr Venugopal’s notable services, politicians always win. Let us see who will win in this game. Of course, in round one, Dr Venugopal has won following the Delhi High Court’s stay on his dismissal.

R.S. BHALOTIA, Advocate, Loharu


 

II

The editorial is very hard hitting. Dr Ramadoss has no moral right to continue as Union Health Minister after the stay on Dr Venugopal’s dismissal by the Delhi High Court. However, since most politicians are thick-skinned, Dr Ramadoss is no exception.

What I like most is The Tribune’s bold stand on the issue. The government is bent upon destroying institutes of excellence like AIIMS right under the nose of our President and Prime Minister who are experts in their own right and who value merit and excellence most.

Dr RANBIR SINGH PANNU, Amritsar

III

The larger question is of norms and procedures, ethics of power and functioning of democracy. Can we claim that ours is a civilised society, but the upper crust will not or need not be civilised? Can we say that though ours is the world’s largest democracy, our ministers will not be democratic and decent?

If all the citizens of the Indian Republic are equal, how can our ministers be specially privileged? Are we living in a democracy or George Orwell’s animal farm?

I.M. SONI, Chandigarh

IV

The editorial is very fair, advising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to sack the arrogant and autocratic Union Health Minister for humiliating the noted heart surgeon Dr Venugopal. Arrogant politicians, with a handful of party MPs, are imposing their illegal demands on the Prime Minister who is trying to govern the country with dignity, decorum and decency.

I am very happy that the Delhi High Court has given a befitting reply to the wrong and arbitrary decision of the coterie led by Dr Ramadoss to sack Dr Venugopal.

MANOHAR LAL PRASHAR, Chandigarh

V

On the face of it, the stay granted by the Delhi High Court proves that the recommendation for Dr Venugopal’s dismissal from the post of AIIMS Director was arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional. It exemplifies the extent to which Health Minister Ramadoss was interfering in the affairs of AIIMS and destroying its autonomy. Dr Venugopal had to pay the price for resisting Dr Ramadoss’ interference.

Our ministers and politicians should understand that they must allow heads of institutions like Dr Venugopal to function in accordance with the law. In fact, the former must help the latter achieve autonomy in the day-to-day functioning of AIIMS for rendering better medicare to the teeming masses.

Lt-Col V.K. NAYYAR (retd), Chandigarh

VI

Unfortunately, our politicians will go to any length to protect their vote banks. They do not seem to be accountable to society and the country as a whole for their acts of omission and commission except during the elections. They can go to any extent to pacify their ego and pass any dictatorial order in this so-called world’s largest democracy.

It is because of these people that we have the problem of brain drain. The time has come for the Prime Minister to show the door to opportunist leaders like Dr Ramadoss and show our democratic maturity and wisdom.

SUBHASH SETHI, Chandigarh

Raja Rao: jewel of literature

I am shocked to know about the demise of noted writer Raja Rao. As a post-graduate student, I studied his book Kanthapura, a classic in which the struggle for Independence and Gandhiji’s impact on Indians have a magnificent effect.

Though this first novel in 1938 was a landmark in literature, Raja Rao himself considered it immature. After Kanthapura, he wrote, “but I was then a confused and lost person. And that was why I gave up writing for a long time.”

After a gap of 22 years, his Sahitya Akademi Award winning novel The Serpent and the Rope was published. Highly acclaimed, it reveals the true meaning of love through Rama, an Indian, and Madelaine, a French girl. His excellent narrative power makes him one of the best story-telling writers in the world. The students of literature will always cherish his works.

PURNIMA BALI, Shimla

Lilting numbers

Surinder Kaur was indeed a great singer whose lilting numbers will always remain in the hearts of the music lovers. Hers were pure notes, unspoiled by Western and pop trends.

The song referred to in the last para of the story (June 16) was not Maavan Te Teeyan but Maavan Te Dhiaan i.e. “Mother and daughter”. Teeyan is a festival celebrated on each Sunday of Bikrami month, Sawan.

GEETANJALI KORPAL, Amritsar

 


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