LIFEBLOOD

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Apr 2018 10:05:17


Even as one superpower is shunning Indians and raising doubts about their expertise in various fields, another superpower is celebrating Indians and their work. Doctors who migrated to the island  nation, because of their better clinical and language skills were able to play a key role in reviving the National Health Scheme (NHS). These doctors, the backbone of NHS, are being lauded for the difference they have made in the healthcare system in United Kingdom.

Britain’s Royal College of General Practitioners is hailing the Indian doctor community and singing paeans about not only their professional acumen but of the positive role these individuals are playing at the local community levels. By calling them NHS’ ‘lifeblood’ and its ‘architects’, the BRCGP has put them on the highest pedestal. As UK goes through severing its ties from EU, the demand for skilled Indian doctors is only going to go up. Just as the Indian medicos bailed the NHS out of its crisis decades ago, they are sure to play a decisive role in combating any major crisis that NHS might have to face. 

 

SPECIAL POWERS

IN THE light of withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from militancy hit Meghalaya, a renewed demand for withdrawal of the stringent law is likely to crop up from various other States like Kashmir and some North-Eastern States. However, Director General of Police (DGP) of Assam Mr. Mukesh Sahay has very rightly said that the armed forces, fighting a critical battle against militant groups, need adequate legal support, which AFSPA provides, to carry on their operations unhindered.

Even the decision to withdraw the special powers in Meghalaya, where militancy and insurgency remain a major concern, may be questionable. But then the Government may have its own reasons for taking such a critical decision. However, conditions are still not ripe for wholesale withdrawal of the special powers granted to armed forces fighting secessionist groups in various States and terrorists operating from Pakistan. Even Chief Minister of Kashmir Ms. Mehbooba Mufti is opposed to AFSPA but the Centre has valid reasons to continue with it.