Dispatched

What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of…… Continue reading Dispatched

Health system regulation in India

 The medical establishment has become a threat to health – Ivan Illich begins his book “Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis” (1975) with these lines Going by recent events, Illich’s trenchant criticism of Western medical establishments is also pertinent to healthcare in India. First, there was Aamir Khan’s Satyameva Jayate TV episode on corruption in India’s…… Continue reading Health system regulation in India

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Yali’s ponder and the “new” world

The appellation New world says it all about the Americas; that this landmass was a world that was not known to have existed before the old world. What made Americas new? And for whom was it new? And why were they discovered so late? Sea-faring across oceans was after all older than the 15th century (see Thor Heyrdahl’s amazing reproduction…… Continue reading Yali’s ponder and the “new” world

Remembering Hitchens

  Today would have been Christopher Hitchens’ 63rd birthday. He died young. A few more years would have certainly produced more than a fair share of good debates and provocatively enlightening reactions that were characteristic of Hitchens; youtube is full of many such.  There are somewhat short remembrances by the usual suspects. Vanity fair, where…… Continue reading Remembering Hitchens

Pat’s at it again

Pat Robertson’s at it again! In this super-funny post on whyevolutionistrue which linked to a talk show with Pat Robertson, that famous televangelist and now a chancellor of his own university, he answers a question on “Why are there miracles for Africans but not Americans?” hinting at possible links to Ivy League education and teaching…… Continue reading Pat’s at it again