Category Archives: Notes

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. Continue reading


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 no inclination towards emerging from the clutches of the winter. Yes, the days are getting longer and skies are getting bluer, but the temperature and the snow have no intention of letting up! Today morning I wake up in a friend’s place at a small village south of Brussels to a freezing yet sunny -14 degrees!

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Women in India: It’s not only the law that needs reform

Guest editorial for the international health policies blog. Co-authored with Radhika Arora.

Six weeks ago a young girl was gang raped in Delhi. She was on her way home

Protestors in Delhi being teargassed

from watching a late evening screening of the Life of Pi. Brutally injured, she surpassed all expectations of any survival; her fighting spirit helped her withstand multiple surgeries, until she died 13 days later on December 29, 2012. She expressed a desire to see the men who raped her (and injured her friend) caught and convicted for their crimes. Continue reading

Doctor, doctor where are you?

I am rejuvenating a note I had started a few months back on reading an article on doctor availability in rural areas by Krishna Rao in The Hindu a few dasy back.

CN Halli Taluka Hospital in Tumkur district

Chikkanayakanahalli taluka hospital in Chikkanayakanahalli taluka in Tumkur district. Being a taluka hospital, it is supposed to cater to the hospital needs of 219,000 people in this taluka. Continue reading

Universal health coverage in India: muddling through the quagmire

A guest editorial I co-wrote with Upendra Bhojani and Werner Soors on the International Health Policies blog on the quagmire of Universal Health Coverage issue and how it is unfolding in India.

Ever since the Indian government’s Planning Commission’s (PC) high-level expert group (HLEG) came out with their 300-odd page report on universal health coverage in October last year, how to reach that much desired universal health coverage has become the central question. Continue reading