Today’s Indian Express had this
news that should make us numb if we claim to be the civilized human beings.
Nalbari district, on Monday (September 23), a couple with their nine-month old daughter jumped
into the Brahmaputra
River as they could not
afford the treatment cost of their daughter who had a hole in her heart. The
body of woman has been recovered while father and daughter are yet to be
traced. The wife was 28 and the husband 32.
It is futile to discuss and write
on why the couple had to take this unthinkable decision. Ending life is no
solution and such acts can never be endorsed by a sane mind. But it is equally
true no one else can understand the excruciating pain the couple was going
How cruel circumstances can
become? How ironical life can be?
Or we should say how ironical life
has been made out to be – life of poverty stricken Indians and life
of those who are supposed to reach-out, help-out and bring these
poverty-stricken people out of their misery.
This irony reflects in a recent
Earlier this month, the government
of India, the bunch of people elected by the 'people' including the millions of
the poverty-stricken with an expected responsibility to bring the poverty-stricken
people out of poverty, decided to divert a proportion of the scarce public funds
to make overseas treatment costs free for the IAS (Indian Administrative
Service), IPS (Indian Police Service) and the Indian Forest Service officers.
Until now, only Members of Parliament and IFS (Indian Foreign Service) officers
were extended this largesse. And there is no upper ceiling to this.
It sucks. Isn't it parasitic?
Is this a democracy for?
Millions cannot afford even the
treatment for the common fever and here, some are being treated so exclusively.
When people have to travel for kilometers to reach a hospital (that is poorly
equipped in most cases), why to send these fellows abroad on public money and that too, when almost
every possible treatment is available in India? Why splurge, why waste, when
the doctor-to-population ratio still remains critically low in India, a physician
density of 6.5 per 10,000 of population against the global average of 14.2?
Remember what the Preamble of the
world’s most extensive Constitution says?
WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having
solemnly resolved to constitute India
into a _1[SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC] and to secure to all
JUSTICE, social, economic and
LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith
EQUALITY of status and of
and to promote among them all
FRATERNITY assuring the dignity
of the individual and the _2[unity and integrity of the Nation];
IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this
twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO
OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.
Yes, we, the citizens of India – but what this India is?
of a few rich and the poor India
of hundreds of millions?
Was it envisioned so 64 years