Reflex Action

Arun Mitra

India produces nearly 50,000 MBBS doctors every year in its 479 medical colleges. There are about 9.3 lakh doctors registered with the Medical Council of India. Out of this, doctors engaged in active professional work are presumed to be numbering about 8 lakh only. With this number we are not able to meet the challenge of doctor patient ratio, which is much less than what is required as per WHO guidelines. WHO recommends one doctor per 1,000 persons whereas we have one doctor for 1,650 persons.

L.S. Herdenia

The Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has achieved a remarkable feat. On November 29, he completed 12 years in office. No other chief minister has ruled the state for so long. Digvijay Singh had completed 10 years (1993-2003) as chief minister. Before him, only Dr. Kailashnath Katju and Arjun Singh could complete their 5-year terms. In post-Independence India, Jyoti Basu was the only politician who served as chief minister for three decades. Chouhan’s remarkable achievement is being celebrated with great fanfare by the BJP in the state.

Sankar Ray

Nepal’s commitment to ‘an independent, indivisible, sovereign, secular, inclusive, democratic, socialism oriented, federal democratic republic’ has been hit by a speed breaker- an unprecedented extravaganza in the poll campaign for federal and provincial elections. Freed from a 250-year-old order of monarchy, the Himalayan state has been transiting historically into a federal democratic republican order.

Nitya Chakraborty

One hundred years have passed since the historic October Revolution in Russia that overthrew the old oppressive regime and established the world’s first socialist state led by the workers and the peasants.

Dr. S. Ganesan

HIV/AIDS is not only a biomedical phenomenon but a social reality rooted in human behavior. It is product of human actions in social contexts. The actions and their circumstances are shaped by larger cultural and social structures.  Therefore to have a significant impact on the epidemic, education interventions must be rigorously designed according to best practices and adapted to local needs.

Amulya Ganguli

Ramnath Kovind’s failure to mention Jawaharlal Nehru’s name in his first speech as the President in which he referred to other stalwarts like Deen Dayal Upadhyay was not inadvertent.
The saffron brotherhood’s dislike for India’s first prime minister is as deep-rooted as its reverence for Vallabhbhai Patel, the country’s first deputy prime minister. So much so that Narendra Modi once wondered aloud how wonderfully different India would have been if Patel, and not Nehru, had become the PM in 1947.

Arun Srivastava

It is a misnomer that China under Xi is turning socialist. It is a façade Xi is wearing to confuse the global fraternity. With China pursuing the capitalist path assiduously over the years it is naïve to construe that it would make a paradigm shift, embrace Marxism and convert to a communist country.

Kalyani Shankar

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is likely to take over the reins of his party ending the suspense on December 5. He will be fifth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to become the president of the 132-year grand old party. The Congress strategists are delighted that in the run up to the elections in Gujarat next month, Rahul Gandhi is getting good response.

Amritananda Chakravorty and Mihir Samson

iv. Gujarat Government asked to submit report on action taken in the Godhra gang rape case- The Supreme Court has granted time till the first week of January, 2018 to the Gujarat government to inform the court whether it had initiated any departmental action against six police officers and two doctors involved in a 2002 post-Godhra riots gangrape case in the state.