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Dr Ramadoss must be dismissed

The editorial, “The case of Dr Venugopal” (Dec 3) has voiced the concern of the common man and exposed the design of our parliamentarians. Dr Venugopal’s exit has proved that Dr Ramadoss is the most powerful dictator of AIIMS. It also shows India as some banana republic.

We the people are responsible for Dr Ramadoss’ megalomaniac behaviour. Otherwise, there would have been very strong public protests against the controversial AIIMS (Amendment) Act and Dr Venugopal’s subsequent exit. Dr Ramadoss should not get away scot free for humiliating a reputed cardiac surgeon like Dr Venugopal.

The silence of Mrs Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh on this issue will certainly lower their prestige and expose the double standards and political compulsions of coalition politics at the cost of the country’s premier institute. The UPA government should rise above petty politics and save the higher institutions of excellence from going further downhill. Dr Ramadoss should be sacked or divested of the Health portfolio.

Dr VITULL K. GUPTA,Bathinda


 

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I read the editorial, “Vendetta against Venugopal” (Dec 5). The common man doesn’t get special treatment in AIIMS nor has a say in its running. It is meant for VVIPs, not for common people. The turf war leading to Dr Venugopal’s exit has nothing to do with either improving the affairs of the institute or providing better services to patients. The running feud is the result of their ego and hubris.

No doubt, Dr Ramadoss has an axe to grind with Dr Venugopal. But the latter also had a vested interest. He was firm on continuing as Director till his superannuation in July 2008. As he has served AIIMS for long, he should have resigned voluntarily. This would have not only raised his stock but also provided him with a moral victory.

While the high and mighty are knocking at the courts’ doors for expeditious justice, the hoi polloi will continue to sleep on the pavements before AIIMS waiting for their turn for treatment.

SACHDI NANDA, Chandigarh.

III

The editorial, “Targeting a doctor” (Nov 30) aptly highlighted the nuisance value of Union Health Minister Dr Ramadoss. The shocking events prove that the selfish and power hungry politicians are a curse on the nation.

Strangely, the Prime Minister, who is an eminent economist and intellectual, is a mute spectator to the whole drama in AIIMS. Why did he allow Dr Ramadoss to play havoc with the nation’s premier medical institute? The editorial rightly maintained that such premier institutions should be accorded full autonomy to free them from the clutches of politicians like Dr Ramadoss.

A.K. SHARMA, Chandigarh

Karnataka drama

The editorial “Seven-day blunder” (Nov 20) sums up the bizarre political charade in Karnataka beautifully. Political leaders of all hues shall go to any length for gaining power. In that pursuit, they operate shamelessly and without any regard to ethical norms. Ironically, political leaders who expose their moral bankruptcy are not defeated in the elections. That is the basic reason for the continuous degeneration of the country’s political system.

In this context, the Governor’s role is crucial in protecting the system. There was no point in installing the Yeddyurappa government because a stable government was well-nigh impossible owing to the shoddy behaviour of the Janata Dal (S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda. As for the BJP, it was used to getting humiliated by the JD (S) because of its lust for power.

Dr B.R. SOOD, Bahadurpur (Hoshiarpur)

Let’s avoid khoya sweets

Milk is good but khoya is bad for health. Whatever one may say in defence of khoya, there is no doubt that khoya is not easily digestible.

When synthetic khoya is used in sweets, we are in for trouble. It would be better if sweets are made of besan and maida, instead of khoya, which are cheaper and good for health.

CHAMAN SINGLA, Bucho (Bathinda)

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This year’s Diwali saw rampant use of adulterated khoya in sweets. The consumers can easily prevent this menace by resorting to the Gandhian talisman — non-cooperation with the evil. Let’s boycott sweets made of khoya. While the district authorities should step up vigil against this, the media can play a vital role in awakening the people.

RAM SARAN BHATIA, Faridabad


 


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