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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 healthcare... read more

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 of possible Polynesian expeditions, the Kon tiki... read more

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 he was a contributing editor has a very short... read more

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 of Evolution. I immediately recalled Bill... read more


A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbour – such is my idea of happiness.” – Leo Tolstoy from Family Happiness It is mid-March and the Belgian spring has... read more

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