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Review: I’m OK – You’re OK


I'm OK - You're OK
I’m OK – You’re OK by Thomas A. Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When my friend introduced me to this book, I was pretty sceptic about it. I had never tried any book of this genre. But my love for psychology made me read this book. And the first few sentences got me riveted to this book. Although Transactional Analysis in psychiatry is as complicated as psychiatry itself, the way this book introduces the reader to the concept of Super-ego, Ego and Id, is amazingly simple. Some may say it has been oversimplified, but i think it does a good enough job to get started with. This book completely changed my life. Helped me to get in touch with myself and in turn able to recognize the personalities of others.

A must read for everybody to know how to live life to the fullest and how to deal with ups and downs of life. No wonder this book is a bestseller..

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Wonder how many will get the sarcasm…

Epiphany in the Cacophony

sad-alone-cute-girl-waiting-someone-window My son would never rape a woman. It is brutal, disgusting and immoral. He simply isn’t capable of such a thing. She has obviously enticed him. __________________________________________________________

She was at the club when it happened. Short black dress, tall black drink. She stood in the middle of the dance floor, moved her hips slowly. She made eye contact with him. She even smiled. He walked up to her and asked her to meet him at his car. When she declined, he grabbed her arm.
And what a scene she created! She fought, screamed and kicked. You want this, he told her as he pulled her out of the club. NO, she screamed, yelling as he dragged her to his car. You don’t know what you want, you’re drunk.

She sat alone in the parking lot a few hours later. Disgusting girl, she reeked of smoke and alcohol. What…

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My Windows XP got screwed by Evo-gen, Sality, Vitro and what not!!😦 and I wasn’t allowed to boot in the safe mode. But, thanks to this blog and the fix provided in this post, I was able to boot into the safe mode. Now trying to remove the virus.

Didier Stevens

I present you a new program to create the SafeBoot registry key with special permissions protecting it from deletion. After using this new program, you’ll be able to restore the SafeBoot registry keys with my .REG files.

Many malware deletes the SafeBoot registry key to prevent you from booting into Safe Mode. I provide a registry fix to restore these keys.

But there exists malware that goes even further and actively monitors the registry to thwart every attempt to restore the keys by deleting them as soon as they are restored. Untill now, I recommended to use a Live CD to restore the keys in such a case (this is a complex procedure). This way, the malware is not running while you restore the SafeBoot keys.

Now I developed another solution: a program to create the SafeBoot registry key with permissions to deny Administrators and System accounts to delete…

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Nokia


The company that was sold..

My first Nokia mobile (personal) was Nokia 2600.. The time when colour-screens were like COLOUR-SCREENS!! And the mobile also had POLYPHONIC RINGTONES!!!! Capitalized words to emphasize the excitement added to it.. A pretty decent mobile.. Used it for about 2 years…

Next, I bought the Nokia 6600… Now, that was some mobile.. I will never forget that mobile… Used it for 2 years.. It was more than just a mobile to me.. Powered with Symbian version 2 operating system, it was the first smartphone I had.. Although there wasn’t much to it, a small VGA camera, and GPRS (not even EDGE), it was a phone that didn’t have much to offer per se.. But thanks to the developers, the number of softwares that were made available for this mobile were innumerable.. As long it was under warranty, I used it with scrupulous honor, but as soon as the warranty period was over, there was nothing where I didn’t stop.. I changed my mobile into a device!! The things I could do with the device can be enumerated as follows:

  • Download and play .mp3 files and .mp3 ringtones. (the device wasn’t able to do that per se.. Had to use softwares, like PowerMp3 or Winamp
  • Play .avi movies and videos using Smartmovie Player.
  • Banking using iMobile by ICICI Bank
  • Ticket booking and shopping using  ngpay
  • Internet Browsing. The home browser was horrible. I used Opera Mobile 2 and Opera Mini 4. After that I came across UCBrowser 5. UCBrowser was the best browser for that mobile.. My Internet Browsing experience had changed dramatically! I could download files and upload files without much trouble!!
  • Unpack .sis files and compile them as a backup according to my own taste and likings.. There wasn’t much of a “security” to those mobiles back then.. There were some notorious viruses around, and the best thing to avoid them was not install any unknown file (especially those received randomly via bluetooth). Apart from that, there wasn’t much threat. Although being a medical student, I still managed to compile one software from 2 different sources (the original was in Russian and another one to convert it into English), and compiled it for others and uploaded on Mobile9 here. Everything was done using my mobile.. No computer was used in the process..
  • Also had successfully installed Kaspersky Antivirus that updated regularly and did scans successfully too.. (checked by installing viral software deliberately in the mobile). Never paid a single money..
  • Used it as a remote control for my computer’s music player via bluetooth.
  • Controlled power point presentation using the same function via bluetooth.
  • Made Words file, and excel files using Quickoffice.
  • Played games like Assassins Creed, Asphalt 4, Pacman, etc.
  • Read Academic books in .pdb format with iSilo.
  • Dictionary and Thesaurus using MSDict.
  • Read Novels and short stories using Wattpad.
  • Had installed an Answering Machine on the mobile.
  • Call recorder
  • FsCaller that showed the callers image in full screen

And I am not sure if the list ends there.. Like I said, it was a device that was capable of so many things although maybe even the manufacturer may have never imagined!

My next mobile was Nokia 5800 XpressMusic… Another mobile that was pretty good.. I still use it..  If you did notice the jumps in the type of mobiles I used.. From a simple colour-screen, polyphonic ringtone mobile to a multimedia capable, internet browsing capable mobile to a TOUCHSCREEN MOBILE (excitement intended)!!

Now that was something.. 5800 gave me some of the awesome features like:

  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • 3G and HSPA
  • Wi-fi
  • GPS
  • TOUCHSCREEENNN!!!!

And I felt my dreams came true.. Mp3 ringtones, wifi, maps and gps, and everything with touch.. The new OS was Symbian 60 v5 (s60v5). Also called Symbian ^1 .. Although most of things were same as my most coveted 6600, but there were a lot of security and illegal softwares were not easily installed.. But whatever was offered was enough to want an illegal software.. The 1st few versions were pretty glitchy for the mobile. When I bought it, it was v 20.. Soon after v 30 came.. Stayed with v 30 for a long time.. Then I got the v40 update and it was a disaster.. Had so many issues I joined the Nokia Discussion forum and started asking for help, as well as helping others.. Soon the v42 and then v50 and v51 were released and the mobile became very stable. The last update was v60 and we were pretty disappointed. You can find me on the forum here..

After the last update the service was discontinued and even the warranty was over.. Disappointed with the last update I kept trying to hack the device to make it better.. The tries continued till I came across Symbian Anna v7.6 (later updated to v7.9).. It is the best Custom Firmware that was released for these type of mobiles.. You can find the review here..

I have been using that custom firmware for quite sometime now.. Although new CFWs have been released, I didn’t find any if them stable enough..

I have been using Nokia 5800 for past 5 years and it has been awesome.. Especially the Maps and GPS. Have travelled a lot recently and GPS helped a lot.

If you have noticed, all these mobiles that I have used have been “discontinued”. And it was time for me to step up the ladder and get the next generation device by Nokia. But, before I could do that, Nokia was “discontinued”. Recently, Nokia started using Windows OS, which I don’t think compares to the versatility of a Symbian OS.. I will miss Symbian, for I have used it for almost 8 years (which may not be much, but is enough to be “used to” the concept)

Recently, I heard Microsoft had bought Nokia. I hear a lot about Lumia and how awesome it is.. But I don’t think, they can be as awesome as what 6600 or 5800 meant to us during that era..! So this was post was in  memory of my years with Nokia..

Nokia will be missed..


A patient dies at the OT table. The doctors did what they could do. The head surgeon was good to follow the rules by the book while he carried out the surgery. He has no regrets. He did a good job. Other doctors agree. The operation was done “by the book”. But… the  patients is dead. And the relatives are furious. They want an answer from the doctors.. They hate the doctors. But it doesn’t matter… The doctor is right in his place. And the relatives are in theirs.. But the patient is dead.

Such is the case of NEET.. The lawyers, judges and the whole legal system did a good job. They did what they could do best.. Dramatic arguments. Flowery, nonsensical jargon. “Inevitable” delays. The judgment was long, but, sound and constitutional. Its just that the NEET was the patient, and we are the relatives..

I scurried through the long tedious judgment given by the “Honorable” judges.. All I could make out were as follows:

Religious and minorities are allowed to do whatever they want according to some Article 30. Take their own exams, choose their own students, according to their principles.. And when the question was asked, “To  what  extent  can  professional  education  be treated as a matter coming under minorities rights under Article 30”, respected Mr. Salve replied, “…  a  minority institution may have its own procedure and method of admission  as  well  as selection of students, but such a  procedure  would  have  to  be  fair  and transparent and  the  selection  of  students  in  professional  and  higher educational colleges should  be  on  the  basis  of  merit. The  procedure selected for admission by the minority institution ought not to  ignore  the merit of  students  for  admission  while  exercising  the  right  to  admit students by the colleges aforesaid, as in that event, the  institution  will fail to achieve  excellence. The  said  procedure  should  not  amount  to maladministration.” [point 25]

I found that line quite interesting (the one that I have highlighted in bold). It seemed to me that these judges and lawyers were immune to what was happening outside the Supreme Court..

 One more thing I noticed, although it might not be relevant to this, that most of the articles were cited from the constitution were amended or made eons ago.. 1956, 1964, 1976.. I saw one 1998-2000, but that was about the introduction of NEET, and, well, it is dead now.. Somehow makes me feel archaic.

Another point that caught my eye was Mr. Parasaran’s statement saying,  “the hard reality that emerges is that  private educational institutions are a necessity in the  present-day  circumstances. It is not possible today without them because  the  Governments  are  in  no position to meet the demand, particularly in  the  sectors  of  medical  and technical education, which call for substantial  investments  and  expenses. Mr. Parasaran submitted that  the  impugned  Regulations  were  not  in  the national interest and would only discourage good private institutions  being established by people dedicated to the cause of  providing  health  care  to all sections of the  citizens  of  this  country  and,  in  particular,  the marginalized sections in the metropolitan and rural areas.”[point 56]

Again, I highlighted the points that interested me. Think of it, and you know how pathetic it is. It’s inevitable that private companies work on profit, and high fees. Since Government has failed to fund the most important part of a country, it’s health system.. I have watched respected Dr. Gulati express his concerns on the issue of privatization of healthcare as a primary cause of all the corruption ever since his appearance on Satyamev Jayate, a show that was hosted by Mr. Aamir Khan. But, I don’t see anybody paying much heed to that..

Relevant to this I would also like to quote an article titled “Amartya Sen: India’s dirty fighter“. In it was written the following lines, “.. [Sen and Drèze] argue that India’s overriding preoccupation with economic growth makes no sense without recognizing that human development depends on how that wealth is used and distributed. What’s the purpose of a development model that produces luxury shopping malls rather than sanitation systems that ensure millions of healthy lives, ask Drèze and Sen, accusing India of “unaimed opulence”. India is caught in the absurd paradox of people having mobile phones but no toilets.”

I tried to look for the Financial aspect of the Healthcare and I was amazed to find the data (which I have put in my post “Health in India“. And I am sure that anybody would be shocked to look at the data. Just 1% of GDP invested by Government on health..

And then again, I was also wondering if Mr. Parasaran was talking about these private medical colleges, when he talked about discouraging “good private institutions”..

Inflation and corruption are inherent to a Monetary Based Economy, thus the whole fight seems pointless when seen from that vantage point. To most of us NEET had a promise of something good, but it now has been destroyed under the religious and minority humbug. But that’s fine by me. I mean, even they have their freedom, according to Article 30, or whatever. And using that as a cover, the corrupt private colleges will continue to do all the “business” they have been doing for so long.. And that would of course mean less of students getting selected by merit.. And one may ask, “how is that fair??!!” And the eloquent answer would be, “who said life would be fair!”

And there’s this another argument that MCI is not the proper body to be conducting the exam, because the only things that an MCI can do…..well, are things that it doesn’t do properly anyways, so of course carrying out one unified exam would be asking too much of it. MCI has had a past, with all those private colleges scams, director arrested, etc… So now when MCI wants to do something good, they are not being allowed to. So who is going to conduct the exam? That question stays unanswered..

I agree to one thing though. One cannot remove a faulty system and install another faulty system instead.. NEET may have been a good concept, but the pattern of the exam and the selection process was not proper.. Although people may argue that even CAT and USMLE exams are taken in such a way, but it must be noted that USMLE has 3 steps and CAT has the interviews.. Even these guys don’t solely depend on just the exam. So, NEET is just a half copied, incomplete pattern, for a proper merit based exam, per se..

And there’s another set of arguments that exams on different days may cause a different in markings and thus inappropriate rankings.. Tougher questions on a day may lead to a worse rank and easier on others may lead to better ranks.. This, I think, is a myth. Even USMLE, CAT, Manipal, and many others follow this pattern of online exam.. The Scaling is a bit complicated than one might usually think. Of course, considering the weakness in Mathematics (for most who had opted for bio), statistics could be bothering.. But a look at how CAT does the scoring, perhaps, may give one an idea at the complexity. I remember some even went out to do a survey with the DNB results to find out a co-relation, and never came out with any positive result.. Even I have been a bit skeptic about this method, but Mathematics, I know, is a strong tool, and can prevent any bias by proper use of statistics.. As they say, you are always afraid of what is unknown or incomprehensible to you. I have my faith with mathematics, and I happily let go off the paranoia now. But, like said before, the exam alone shouldn’t be the deciding factor.

Another argument is what if we miss the day of the exam, there’s no other exam if that exam is missed due to unavoidable circumstances.. Well, I guess the answer to that would be a provision to take the exam on another day, provided valid reasons are put, etc.. But then again these are methods of correcting the NEET system.. These arguments, which SHOULD have been a part of the case, were not. Because the case was about religious and minorities fighting for their freedom and saying how India secularism, unlike American secularism is a “bowl of salad and not a melting pot”.

Of course there’s a set of questions I’d like to ask..

Court in 2010 had announced that NEET will take place around 2011. But then AIIMS said they won’t be able to conduct the test, it was postponed to 2012. Where were these private and minority institutes then? Why hadn’t they put their case then and there? Why wait till the completion of the exam in Nov 2012!!?? And if they had made the case in early 2012, why had the case been transferred and delayed till December 2012? What were they waiting for? Why harass the students? What was the actual motive behind all this hullabaloo?  Economic growth, was it? Empty Swiss accounts probably?

As a medical student, all I want is a fair exam and admission to an institution, private or government, for my higher education. And most would agree with me here. Even if the old system prevails of AIPGMEE and state exams, and each of them had a transparent process of examination and admission, no one would have any problem whatsoever. Its this deficiency of a transparent system at the state and private exam level that has caused this uproar from our side at least, that’s what I believe. It’s true that India faces a shortage of doctors, but how does one solve that issue? Such cases and harassment just make medical students like us wish we just get out of this country, furthermore adding to the deficit. And the quality of medical education just goes down day by day, making us inefficient doctors..

Nonetheless, hoping for a better future.

Peace and out.

Related Link:

NEET: Govt may file review plea

My Brain Scan


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Always wanted to become a doctor.. But all that stress of studying, slogging, giving exams, waiting for the results.. I couldn’t take it anymore.. I wondered how my fragile brain could take so much of this humbug!! So, I decided to get my brain scanned.. And this is what I got!! Ah! Poor me!

Zero Momentum, Infinite Mass


Important: This post was based on a news that verdict has been delayed till 2nd July. Chances are that these were rumours. If it is confirmed that the news was a rumour and that results will be declared by next week, this post will be deleted. Thank you. [update: 10th May 6:00 p.m. IST]

It makes you wonder, the level of incompetency of an institution.

90,000 doctors (approximately) have given this “Dream Exam” called the National-Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for post graduates, aka NEET-PG. “Dream Exam”, because it promised the students something that was a rarity before it — transparency and standardization.

The predecessor of this exam was known as AIPGMEE and had been scheduled every year around 1st week of January. NEET-PG, on the other hand, was rescheduled to November, i.e. 2 months earlier. This was nothing short of a harassment to the hard working medical students, who had to re-plan their study schedules to the new timetable!!

But our woes didn’t end there. Soon after the exams, a case was filed against the NEET and the results were postponed indefinitely. The results were due on 27th January 2013, and it’s been over 3 months since. The case still remains short of a verdict! And a torturous 3 months it has been for the medical students. And now that all the hearings are over, word is out that verdict will be on 2nd July 2013!!! Why? Because Honorable Supreme court didn’t take up the case on 9th or 10th May, as had been predicted, and now the court goes for a summer vacation! Seriously!!?? I, a humble medical student of this Incredible country, want to ask you Honorable Supreme court, where exactly is the “Honor” in this? “Justice delayed is justice denied” is not a cliché but a sad truth in this case!

Medical students across the country staged protests for stopping other State exams and saving the NEET. #SaveNEETPG was trended on twitter to create awareness of the issue. Numerous petition were written and signed on the internet. The case that wasn’t being covered by the mainstream media, started getting attention! And there was a glimmer of hope that the verdict would arrive before the court went for the summer vacation. Even the declaration of results of DNB kindled some hope that NEET results were round the corner! But we were all deceived! The case wasn’t taken up on 9th or 10th May. Pleas for interim orders were made. But the Hon’ble CJI  “refused to give interim orders on NEET-PG and the plea was rejected and announced that NEET-PG/UG final verdict will be delivered only on JULY 2,2013”!

What does the court expect us to do till then? Wait? With an abysmal Doctor-patient ratio of 1:1953, the court plans to handicap the country’s hospitals by depriving them of 90000 doctors!?? Aren’t the “Hon’ble” Supreme court and the “Hon’ble” CJI aware of the way they are incapacitating an already handicapped Health care system of the country!? Do these delays in verdict have any well-educated logical reasoning? Or, is it just incompetence? Summer Vacation? Is this a joke? Because it’s definitely not funny. I trust the Court will come up with a good judgment, but I beg them, pray tell the reason for this unwanted, infuriating delay?

Cases in the Supreme courts are moving slower than snail speed, or not moving at all. And all the petitions and pleas, etc. are not even affecting the pace at which these proceedings are taking place! It seems like Supreme court has zero momentum, and an infinite mass!!

Doldrums


Nowadays, people (including friends and family) ask me, “So, what are you up to these days, doctor? Which hospital? Are you a specialist yet?”; and all I can give is a wry smile and tell them about the situation of Indian medical education system and the NEET case..

The above question has entered the category where you don’t ask a woman her age or a man his salary; or, in this case, a doctor about the NEET case/results!

Yesterday I saw a comment on my post by a concerned mother asking me about updates on the NEET-UG case. I gave her a site that I thought would help ease her stress, although in my heart I wanted to tell her to discourage her daughter to enter this profession.. I think most of my peers would agree with me.. Poor girl! She still has time to take a safer and better path! :-\ Such is the discontentment amongst medical students now..

Medical education is tough. Requires a lot of hard work. And its time consuming too! Tell me another graduation course that takes almost 6 years of study.. Most doctors dedicate the best part of  their life to serve the community.. And this is how the government and corporates reward us.

It’s all about money.. All about the profits. It’s no more about the merit or honor or the compassion.. It’s just “good business”. And the business has become so good that every time I see a research by a doctor, I wonder, is this research transparent? Or, is it just another hoax to perpetuate a disease or situation to profit!?  Health is no more the wealth, money is..

If you don’t agree, tell me why should this (30 billion dollar scam) happen?

The idea of NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) became quite popular amongst most medical students.. It promised something that was a rarity before it — transparency, standardization and increased seats.. Students got bored of the type of questions that were being asked in the AIPGMEE.. Students started studying more for exams.. The exam started becoming more crooked.. And the students started studying much more.. A vicious cycle that had led to the situation where the questions in AIPGMEE didn’t make any sense, and students had stopped going to hospitals for internship and started going to coaching institutes to crack exams.. And then there was the competition.. AIPGMEE just had a percentage of seats from just the government colleges! And there were individual state exams. So, a student had to spend a lot of money and energy on filling numerous forms for entrance to different exams.. And all exams had different standards.. So, one needed to buy specific course/guide books for all these different exams.. And if you have gone through the above link on 30 billion dollar scam, you’d know that corruption was so deep that the exams were not transparent anymore (except AIPGMEE and some others).. So, there were people profiting from every part of this “business”. Be it the politicians’ private hospitals, or be it the authors of so many guide books and their publishers, and also the coaching centers! With NEET, all get stripped out.. The “business” goes kaput! I’d say a serious blow to a lot of jobs! With NEET there’d be one standard exam.. Students won’t need to purchase so many forms and give so many exams. Just one transparent, standard exam.. And since all the colleges in India will have to give all their seats, there’ll be an increase in number of seats and fairer opportunity. I agree, the exam that NEET took this year had very bad questions. But they could become better eventually. I also realized that they were not the usual bookworm questions. They were more practical questions. If NEET could actually inculcate asking such questions, won’t it be good? Students would start going for internship, instead of cramming infinite knowledge for nothing. I think they would produce better doctors..

But then we have the NEET case.. It looks like some institutes are asking for their rights to conduct their own standard of exam and teachings. They are against this national standardization.. Yeah, one has the right to use their own recipe to make their own cake and the right to sell it in the market.. But this is making of doctors we are talking about, not the making of cakes, are we?

OK, FINE!! You filed a case.. Now what? Court is taking it’s sweet time to give a verdict. A verdict was expected on 17th January, but the case is still going on, as of 18th April…. And still no verdict. This article was a call to the Health minister to look at the situation seriously.. But I am yet to see any effect.. But then something amazing happened!! Supreme court to drop the NEET case for a day to take up a rather important and critical (in the most sarcastic of senses) case on banning internet pornography. Check here.

Now there were some bomb blasts in Bangalore, as if the world was not already ending, and that too so close to some political party’s place with elections near.. Damn these terrorists! Don’t they get some other time or some other place! :-\

Anyways, life of most medical students, including me, have entered the doldrums. I, for instance, appeared in an interview out of the frustration of waiting for the results. Although I supposedly cleared the interview, I never got the joining letter after the medical check-up.. When inquired, was said that it was maybe due to my eye power.. Board regulations there was +/- 4 D. And I have -4.5 in one eye! Most other students have been asked to commit for 6months or something to get a job, which they can’t because of the delayed results.. So, no job, no results.. On the funnier side, I hear a lot of them are misplacing their admit cards for the exam!! Lol!  Can it get any worse?

Some are of the opinion that maybe they won’t give results this year. But that is not possible.. Let me tell you why. In medical post graduation one has to work in the hospital, and are known as Residents. PG is a 3 years course. So, apart from the consultants/Senior doctors who work in the hospitals, it’s the Residents and nurses who actually do the mundane.. So, if you see, almost all hospitals are working because of the 3 year Residents in each department.. Now if results were not declared, there’d be no 1st year residents! And it’s the 1st year residents who do the maximum work in most hospitals. And usually 3rd year residents don’t give much time because of their upcoming final exams. So, with no 1st year and no 3rd year, all burden will land on 2nd years.. All hospitals will become under-staffed!! And if that does happen, I won’t be surprised if the 2nd year residents go on a strike because of increased work load!! Lol! And that will result a load on the senior consultants and 3rd years.. Maybe the hospitals would just stop… Phew! Nah! Don’t think that’s gonna happen.. They might delay results or might even give a bad verdict, but results are coming soon..

So, the question isn’t whether they will give or not. The question is whether the verdict will be a fair one. It has become so hard to speculate at the moment!

Medical students are fighting for their rights. Trying to trend #SaveNEETPG on Twitter so as to make mainstream media to cover this issue.. But after covering the sting operation, media seems satisfied with the issue. Nobody wants to cover the issue.. We are writing online petitions to support the cause.. Have written 2 so far..

  1. https://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/government-body-save-neet-pg?utm_campaign=share_button_mobile&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition
  2. https://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/justice-jagdish-sharan-verma-request-for-intervention-in-the-case-affecting-the-rights-of-90-000-indian-doctors

As it is the Doctor-patient ratio is very bad in India. There’s shortage of doctors! I want to ask the Government, why can’t they increase the number of seats? Why can’t they open new recognized colleges? Why can’t they increase the expenditure on health? I have heard if you ask them, they’ll give you it in terms of Rupees and say ,”See, we have increased the expenditure”.. But what they would not show or see that the %GDP used is still 1% by the government.. ONE PERCENT!!!  And it’s been 1% for ages!! Check my post “Health in India” for the data I dug out from WHO database. You will see the other countries I have compared with, have happily revised their expenditure and increased it!

Jacques Fresco, social engineer of The Venus Project,  rightly said that you can’t talk about ethics in a Monetary Based Economy. I think this is exactly what is happening. One may unearth millions and billions of dollars from Swiss accounts, and “scams” might become like “spam” in India, and 90,000 medical students might die trying to save NEET PG, but elites are busy making more and more money.

Whoever had said that the world was ending in December 2012, had a very shrewd sense of metaphor and cruel sense of humor with respect to the medical students in India.

Hoping against all odds that Supreme court may give a fair verdict and corruption might be decreased if not ended. Till then, we are fighting for our rights. If you are reading this, you might as well open the aforesaid two petition links and sign them. It doesn’t matter if you are a doctor or not. Do help us win this fight against corruption.

 Hoping for a better and healthier tomorrow.

 :)

Health in India


Hello party people!😀

Let me tell you a story to chill the bones and it’s not the song Dance of the Death by Iron Maiden..😀

Recently, a sting operation had uncovered the selling of medical post graduate seats in India. Can you believe that? I was quite shocked.. No, not because I came to know this for the first time that seats were being sold, but that the price they were being sold at, and that seat bookings were done for the future as far as 2016!!

CNN-IBN covered it live the other day.. These guys went in with a camera and asked these hospital people if they could get a seat in PG in their college. And these guys happily told them that they could get whatever they wanted.. Every department had their rate like some Continental Restaurant Menu card! Pediatrics, Radiology, Medicine, Surgery, etc.. Up to ₹2 crores!! 2 freaking crores.. 2,00,00,000!! That is ₹20million!! Approximately US$ 363,899! Donno what they’d be serving for desserts though! And that’s for one seat.. And then perhaps there’s some provision for early bird prizes, too! I mean bookings have be done for seats up till 2016!! Advanced booking… Something like a pre-release sale or something. Can you imagine how lucrative this business of seat selling is? And the best thing is that they won’t give a receipt.. So it’s tax free!!😀

And then there was a lot of heated arguments of what the problem is.. And I think the problem comes to just few of the following very important things:

  • Doctor-Patient Ratio: India has an abysmal, to say the least, Doctor-Patient ratio. In my last post titled “Satyamev Jayate” I had given the data of how for every doctor there is 1953 patients in India as of 2012. Thus, the number of doctors are very less..
  • Medical Institutes: The number of Medical institutes are very less. There are 355 Medical Colleges in India.. Out of which 161 are Government colleges and 194 are Private colleges.. With even full turnover of doctors at 44250 doctors per year from these 355 colleges      the doctor patient ratio wont come down enough.. But that of course never happens..
  • Expenditure on Health: The % of GDP used in health services in India is 3.9% as of 2011!

%GDP expenditure on Health (total)

 And Government just uses 1% of GDP in health services.

%GDP expenditure on Health by Government

 The above 2 tables show the data compared to some other countries..

Now why won’t there be corruption!

Every student after completing their MBBS want to get into an MD/MS/Diploma course.. The total number of seats are 21282.. So, of the 44250 MBBS students per year, only 21282 students get into a post graduate course! Not even 50%!! And the expenditure on health by India is also very low!

What can be the solution to the problem?

Increase the number of medical colleges. Increase the number of post graduate seats. Increase the expenditure on health..

And in India it is mostly seen that the private colleges are profit driven and thus are corrupt.. India needs to open more and more government colleges. Indian government should increase their %GDP expenditure on health from a meager 1.2% to somewhere around 6%. Is it asking much?

Right now this fight for getting into a post graduate degree is causing all the corruption.. Like it’s said, Scarcity increases profits.. Make seats abundant, there’d be less corruption. No chance for making profits.. And moreover when the expenditure on Health will be increased, Institutes won’t be bankrupt to think about profits through illegal means!

And after that, even the education system needs to be polished, so that good doctors are produced..

Hoping for a better future..

[Sources: WHO and MCI websites]

Doctor or Business?


A doctor has the huge responsibility of treating a patient.. Most people come to a doctor with a lot of trust, because their life depends on them.

But a doctor is as human as the patient. And to become a doctor, one needs to go through a lot of study and hard work. But a doctor is still liable to make human errors.. Sometimes it may cost a life or perhaps a severe disability. To a doctor it may be a statistical insignificance most of the times, but to a patient, or a family member, the harm done maybe be very dear. The following post by a friend shows how it feels to be a victim of such error at the patient end.

“It is over a year and four months today. We feel victimized- victimized by the utmost failure of a judicial system and lack of conscience on the part of an otherwise noble profession- the medical sciences. 

A year and four months ago a perfectly healthy woman was rendered blind for life after a supposedly harmless cataract surgery. This woman is my mother. She continues to be an example for all of us, till date- we may have a weak moment but she refuses to be put down. She may not have her job anymore but she refuses to let her idle moments make her bitter. She is still as much in-charge of the house as in her better days.

What irks me- to this day we read about the doctor practicing freely at eye camps meant for the less privileged- causing further damage with a promise to restore conditions at a higher price at his ‘private’ clinic. To this date he is associated with a prestigious organization which, I suppose, hasn’t bothered to check his track record yet. I’m only aware of three lives being ruined personally- the rest are just mere numbers to the onlooker anyway.

The local papers in Jamshedpur (Tatanagar) won’t run our request of highlighting the malpractice- we can’t buy them at a price the other party offered.

The lawyers we hired seem to be in need of endless amounts of money to print every possible piece of paper or notice for the past four months- we’re being milked dry. The police won’t move the file up till we can buy our way out of the pile.

All we have, all I have, is words- a social medium- where I can request each one of you, please be aware, please be careful.

People of Jamshedpur- it’s a humble request- the best way to curb medical malpractice is by not giving such insensitive people a market, a platform to clean their hands.

I urge you, request you- please stop this man by spreading the word, by not giving Dr. [name withheld] more opportunities to fill his pockets at the cost of innocent lives. Even a simple apology from this man would have made us think, but he refuses to either acknowledge or take responsibility for his actions.

We have been through the trauma of trying to save her eyes for a whole year- not everyone has the means and resources to fight. This plea for help ironically comes from a family of doctors and lawyers. I shudder to imagine what an average Indian would do.

Please help us! By helping yourself.”

What do you think is the solution to such a problem?

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