Folks, the 35th instalment of Incredible India will focus on the plight of the common man in India at the hands of the powers that be.
Here’s one particularly sad account.
* Security forces around Sonia Gandhi’s pet poodle Manmohan Singh may have caused the death of a critically ill kidney patient in Chandigarh earlier today.
Here’s an excerpt of the report from an Indian newspaper:
The family of the deceased S P Verma, a resident of Ambala in Haryana, claimed that security personnel, including those from Chandigarh Police, deployed at the medical institute, did not allow their vehicle to proceed to the Emergency department and kept diverting them from one place to another for about two hours.
“When we came near the PGI, he (Verma) was alive, but his condition deteriorated as we were made to run about for two hours on the plea that the movement of other vehicles had been stopped in view of the movement of the Prime Minister’s convoy,” alleged a woman relative of the 40-year-old patient.
The poodle was there to blah-blah-blah at the 30th convocation of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research.
* The Tamil Nadu government owes Rs 324 crore in compensation to over 11,000 victims and families of the state transport corporation’s killer buses. Apparently, some families have been waiting 28 years to receive the compensation.
With decrepit clowns like Loose Paiya at the helm of the Tamil Nadu government, we have no hope that justice will be rendered to the needy victims.
* As if the mountains of trash in India were not enough, India is now permitting import of electronic waste from other countries. Any surprise that Indian environmental workers are upset over this sellout by the Indian government.
* Some 62 years after independence, India’s spending on public health as a percentage of GDP is one of the lowest in the world. India’s government hospitals are in a pathetic shape and the poor have no recourse except to roll over and die.
Read this excerpt from the Frontline:
It should come as no surprise that we are an unhealthy society. There are typically three variables that directly affect general conditions of health among the people in a society: nutrition, sanitation, and the quantity and quality of government expenditure on health. In all of these, India performs miserably in relation to other countries in the world and in terms of the slow progress in these indicators in a period of relatively high GDP (gross domestic product) growth. And so we condemn a large part of our population to poor living conditions, high rates of recognised and unrecognised morbidity, and high susceptibility to a wide and growing range of infectious diseases.
Consider the figures: Out of the 175 countries ranked by the World Health Organisation (WHO), India is fifth from the bottom (or 171) in terms of public health spending as a proportion of GDP. It is, therefore, significantly below almost all sub-Saharan countries and other least developed countries that have much lower per capita incomes. Public health spending accounts for only 0.9 per cent of the GDP or even less.
Hey, what’s that noise? Ah, that must be the sad family members of the late S P Verma (see above) wailing Mera Bharat Mahaan.