Why mandatory rural service for doctors is a bad idea

Mandatory rural service for doctors seems to be an idea that is gaining strength in India.  The Union Health Minister has reportedly said that soon, medical students would have to spend a year in rural areas.    Already, students in Telengana and Andhra Pradesh are being asked to work in rural areas for a year –…

Getting away with rape and murder

It seems one cannot open an Indian newspaper without reading about at least one rape happening somewhere every day.  This time it is a gang rape of a journalist in Mumbai.  The bastion of the last city supposedly safe for women has also fallen.  Mumbai continues to be much safer for women than many other…

Why are there landslides in Uttarakhand?

This is a very moving survivor’s account of  the flooding at the Kedarnath shrine.  It is hard to imagine the scale of destruction and the suddenness of it, even reading news reports. To actually live through that is horrific beyond words. I keep reading reports about how the Government is not doing its job, evacuating…

Why do we still have water scarcity in Indian cities?

It is a cycle almost as predictable as the boom and bust of economic cycles – every few years, the monsoon fails and suddenly, there is water scarcity in the cities. People suffer and try everything they can to tide over the shortage. Then, the next year the rains are better and everyone forgets about…

7 reasons why FDI in retail is good for India

Now that the government has approved FDI in multi-brand retail, it has paved the way for the likes of Walmart and Amazon to set up shop in India. Predictably, there have been protests from shopkeepers and Bharat Bandhs from political parties.  Street vendors are saying the government is ignoring the working class, while others are…

Hospice care and in-home nursing in India

My grandmother died last week.   When I heard the news I was profoundly relieved.  Sad, yes, but mostly relieved.  Let me tell you why. She had spent the last month or more in the hospital, mainly in the ICU at a big name hospital.  A great team of doctors was taking care of her round…