Why discriminate against kidney donor?

IT takes more than journalistic ethics to correct the skewness or a slant in a news story. Mr A.J. Philip’s cerebral views (“Where on earth do you get a kidney for free?”, Nov 28) give visceral expressions to Mr Baldev Singh Bhatia’s sense of utter frustration and impotent rage at the cruelties of the system. While euthanasia can be looked at with askance, the desire to prolong life when treatment is available has to be appreciated and approved on humane considerations.

Sooner, rather than later, we will have to realise that the serious medical and sociological issues of kidney transplant are seriously analysed. Many myopic politicians acted like cheer-leaders haranguing the crowd mentality for demolition of the entire setup rather than attempting seriously to sanitise and improve it.

It is an acknowledged medical truth that it is possible to live a normal life with only one kidney. The remaining kidney enlarges to make up the difference. Secondly, nobody in the entire transplant affair complained about the surgical skills of the operating surgeons.


Third, it is a medical truism that blood transfusion is also organ transplantation because blood has all the attributes of an organ when considered that blood is formed from the same tissues which also differentiate into cartilage, connective tissue and bone in the embryo. Now blood transplantation is taking place every where all the time and blood is priced and charged and this transplant has become socially and legally an acceptable proposition. Fourth, we all know that when it comes to kidney transplant, all surgeons, hospitals and clinical labs make money. Even the donee earns a new lease of life. Why then discriminate only against the donor?

R.C. KHANNA, Amritsar

‘Honour’ killings continue

THIS refers to ‘Honour’ killings continue unabated” by Ruchika M. Khanna (Dec 3).

What is the harm in inter-caste marriages if both partners are ready to live their independent life?

Resorting to “honour” killing or committing suicide is not at all appreciable. One should have the courage to face the consequences of the action taken in choosing the partner. At the same time both the boy and the girl should think hard about their future life. Separating at a later stage will not be acceptable to their parents. The need of the hour is to enlighten the young generation about moral values of life and society.

HARISH K. MONGA, Ferozepore

Containing corruption

Capt. Amarinder Singh investigated properties and assets of people who had been in power and has identified some of the people and the properties they are holding, the value of which is beyond their known sources of income. The cases may be successful or may fail because of the low level of evidence, yet it is the first instance where a former Chief Minister has also been caught.

Let this movement be initiated in other states and even at the Centre so that the people who had been in power and had been misutilising power for their own benefits can be identified. Till we start such a campaign, we would not be in a position to stop looting of the people and the state exchequer.


Civil Surgeon

The Chief Minister, by publicly humiliating the Civil Surgeon of Amritsar, has derailed his own anti-corruption drive. Dr Yas Pal Singla, Civil Surgeon, had tried to root out corruption in the Health Department. He started a drive against food adulteration, spurious drugs and quacks in a big way, unheard of in Amritsar. The officer must have expected a pat from the Chief Minister, but instead got the marching orders.


Socrates on Judges

At a Law Day function reported on Nov. 26, the Chief Justice of India, Mr Justice V.N. Khare, called upon the judges to uphold the judicial integrity at all costs.

The judges should also observe the qualities which the great philosopher Socrates laid down: “Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially.”


Virus of help-books

Sat Pal Jindal in “Need for halting virus of help-books” (Nov 25) has hit the nail on the head by focusing on guides, test papers and other such books. It is a common practice in English medium schools to load school bags with unwanted and unnecessary books.

NCERT books are virtually ‘banned’ because they earn for less or no commission in comparison to the other publications.

It is high time the authorities rose to the occasion and restored the dignity and sanctity of education.

MANPREET, Chandigarh

Double standards

I want to highlight the double standards of the Chief Minister, Punjab, Mr Amarinder Singh. He went all out to prevent Akali Dal supporters from reaching Ropar during the court hearing of Mr Parkash Singh Badal. But during his court appearance in Chandigarh a few days later the Chief Minister was accompanied by hundreds of slogan-shouting supporters. Why are there two sets of rules — one for the ruler and another for the opposition?


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