A Nation is in protest against Pulwama terrorism and I AM DEEPLY ANGUISHED.


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Our nation has become one in the wake of terrorist attack in the Pulwama district of J&K . Throughout the nation a spontaneous protest has rightly erupted. Every street corner, and gullies including my Housing society, led a candlestick procession, in honor of the departed souls. I salute them………

Just before election such an attack, bears an extra importance. Terrorists and its mentor Pakistan, has a calculation that Modi has to act. This will harden the terrorists’ position, strengthen them.

Further, there is a new angle to it, a local youth, repeat local youth, has been motivated into it. So far, terrorists from Pakistan, did this job, and now local youth appeared into the scene. Matter of worry is that, being emboldened the same nefarious activity will be extended to other cities of India by the terrorists , i.e., local people, Indian citizen, will be used to destroy life of property of Indians. This is in a time when America is withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan, paving way for Taliban to rule Afghanistan. Taliban is a friend to Pakistan, and Pakistan is a enemy to India, Kashmir is a fertile ground for both of them.

There is a sizable Muslim population in India, while the upper class and educated Muslim are truly patriotic Indians, like you and me-not a shed less. But matter is different for Muslims forming the lower rung of society, they are obsessed with religious sentimentality, they live and die in the name of religion, except religion they do not have any other existence. Pakistan out of their enmity with India and bent on taking revenge of separation of East-Pakistan, now Bangladesh, is on a low intensity war, and this Muslims from lower rung of society will be used, to conduct future terrorist act in India. This will be aggravated to the extent Govt humiliates the religious minorities. In their suppressed anger against the Govt, they will join the anti national forces. Religious separation existing in India today must be healed, this will deter terrorism from across the border. AT THE MOMENT WE ARE AT A GREAT DANGER THAT TERRORISM OF PULWAMA BRAND, MAY EXTEND TO OTHER CITIES–MUMBAI MAINLY, WHERE I PRESENTLY LIVE. I HAVE A FEAR.

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Almost 80Percent Of Milk In Maharashtra Is Substandard Says CGSI


  

A consumer sector NGO, Consumer Guidance Society of India (CGSI) conducted an analysis on both branded and non-branded milk samples  in Maharashtra, and found that 80% of the milk are sub-standard. Brand include all brands, and the report have widely been reported in the press. It is important that chemical contamination, has not been tested—perhaps for obvious reason, that once chemical contaminants tested , result will not be any different and Brands will not have any place to hide their face. It is often reported that milks are mixed with detergents and chemicals to increase volume for sale.

Like you and many others, I consume milk; a hot cup of warm milk before going to bed. God knows what I am drinking, and to what consequences!!!, only time will tell, developed a sort of addiction. Forget about we old and adults, what will happen to our children and grand children ?? I shudder to think.

I strongly suspect Amul-milk is also sub-standard, and have chemical contaminants, and has the potential to damage our health. Being worried over such a feared prospect, I contacted customercare of amul milk at -[ Mail ID-milk@amul.coop, phone no—1800-258-3333], to have their reaction on my fear. They , as it happens, kept silent, but normally I am relentless: I kept on making calls at this above given telephone no.  At last an officer from their PR department responded. I asked him why in the face of widely reported milk contamination of both branded and non-branded milk in the media, they do not  have a say . My observation was that  they should protest vehemently establishing that Amul is not among the culprits. If one keeps mum, in the face of such widespread forceful accusations, only conclusion can be drawn that it is their own story also. I advised him to record my complaint, and forward it to their highest authority. I have not seen any such program in TV/ press denying that their milk is also, sub-standard and contaminated. All these point to the fact that amul milk do not maintain the Govt. prescribed standard. WHAT A FALL FROM KURIEN’S DREAM!!!!

There are prescribed institutions in the society and related laws and procedures, to catch the guilty and punish them, but those do not function for the masses, unlike the upper section of society. Common men’s problem is not their problem. They do not go to the same market, same hospital, same school, and use same transport. They are immune to the system we live in. Therefore, people guilty of adulteration and other similar things, will not be caught and won’t be punished. We common people have to live with it. There is no respite.

I understand that the account becoming longer and you might become impatient, but I am sorry unless I say a few more words, I cannot make the picture clear. Some six months back there was an alarming report from Kolkata. No civilised people can think of such thing. Dead animals thrown into dumping ground in a place called DHAPA, are secretly collected. Fleshes taken out of those in tons and quintals, surreptitiously, and supplied to hundreds of hotels, restaurants of the city and suburbs, which then consumed by common public. It is an organised industry. For how  many days this practice has been going on, nobody knows. There was a hue and cry initially against this ghastly act, but like everything else it died down. Last few days it is reported, that same thing has come up again that is, fleshes from dead animals from the dumping ground, are treated with chemicals and other means, later mixed with common fresh meat, and sold in the market, and then eaten by common unsuspecting people. This is the reliability of our institutions!!! Because they do not do their duty.

In this back ground, it is almost sure  that branded milk also are adulterated for exorbitant profit. Otherwise why Amul did not dare to come out openly to challenge, to prove to the world that their product conform to the Govt specification, unlike those sub-standard, and adulterated milk often reported in press and media.  I am going to send this article to — Mail ID-milk@amul.coop, or call at phone no—1800-258-3333 to express my concern.

REMEMBER GOVT OR INSTITUITIONS OF SOCIETY ARE JUST AS GOOD AS ITS CITIZEN, NO BETTER, NO WORSE—IN BALANCE,  WE GET WHAT WE DESERVE.

I TALKED WITH THE AUTHORITY OF AMUL-MILK, I AM HAPPY.


Following the spate of report on wide-spread adulteration of milk, throughout India, I wrote an article in this blog, and sent it to the customer care, of Amul-milk, also. For some unknown reason, Facebook do not accept my posts. In my article, I asked Amul to to make programs and telecast regularly, so that public may know that Amul milk is free from adulteration. My point is appropriate, because Amul is a big brand, and consumed daily by millions: as I am one of them, hence my concern. Amul should remove doubts from the mind of consumers.

Amul authority contacted me today to explain their position, they asked me to visit their plant in Virar and Boiser, and see for myself, that their milk is really pure. I have not accepted their request, I wont go to their place, because this wont serve the purpose. It is not difficult for them to make a pure-lot which may not be representative of their total product. My concern is public health, not mine alone…………. Private news channels are showing day in day out, how the milk men are mixing detergent and other chemicals, to increase the volume of milk, to fill the shortfall , between what actually available from cows and buffaloes, and that actually consumed in India. How the gaps are met? certainly, from milk artificially made. In this back ground,  Amul has a responsibility to clear their image, by telling public , of the care they are taking to maintain their quality of milk. They also assured me that they will submit my demand to their higher authority, of the necessity of continuously apprising public their effort towards maintaining quality, through telecasting or press.

It is my habit to protest whenever there is irregularity in the system that I have been living in. Its true a lone person –that too a small and insignificant one like me, have limitations: not only that, there is risks associated with too much protesting in a deficient democracy like ours. For this no particular Govt is to blame, its that our society is like this, generally. It is same in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and African countries.  Actually, Institutions are not allowed to mature in developing countries. Moreover, Govt alone can not correct all the ills, citizens have a responsibility, they must protest wherever irregular things happen, and that should be in a non-violent way.  Continuous ,collective and repeated protests, will compel the Govt to take action. This is the duty of a responsible citizen, A GOVT IS AS GOOD AS ITS CITIZEN.

Another culprit is our defective education, a defective education, can not make responsible citizens having  courage to protest. A proper education only capable to create high moral values.  Children of any and every big man of our country , are sent to Europe for education, on completion of what they come back home to rule and function at a top position effectively.

Finally, many , many more should protest against unfair things, only then things will improve, our country will be a better place to live in. I AM HAPPY I  DO MY OWN WHEN SITUATION COME.

PAKISTHANI PRESS


Before 1971 there was no Bangladesh, before 1947 there was no Pakisthan, it was India all the way round. It is a body part of India seeped in common culture. Since beginning, relationship between two nations, has seen many discords, three wars and many other day to day differences and accusations; the latest since 1990s, export of terrorism, as part of their state policy, to India. All these have made me hate Pakistan. Living in Mumbai, there is a constant fear of  threat from Pakistan sent terrorist.

Now a days by virtue of digitization, episodes of Pak Tv programs are available in you tube, and sometimes I get to see those. You may also check for your own, and any patriotic Indian will like it. I am amazed by the intelligence , and the fearlessness , of both the interviewer’s question and interviewee’s reply. Those are really  educative. Their Press/ media  are critical of their own Govt’s policies and failures; its misadventures against India, overt and covert support to the Pakistani terrorists against India. What Pakistani state denies about their helping terrorism against India, this and other TV programs openly admits of Pakistan’s active involvement, they criticize terrorists active in their own country. Often, they support India , even its PM, Modi, even though he is from a Hindu nationalist party. Pakistani press/ media, praises Modi’s foreign policy, economic policy, and his stature as a leader in the world stage, and often in comparison derides their own leader.  My thrust is on—how much independent and unbiased, is the Pakistani press!!!! I do not say that all their press and media is unbiased, but a sizable portion of them certainly, are.


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This is astonishing  for me. I wonder how the channels and those speak against the Pak Govt’s policies, sitting in studios of Pakistan , are not rounded up, and thrown into the jails , with trumped up anti-national charges?. At least, I have seen, rarely ever, anybody in our channels and press , talking so fiercely against our Govt, while, it is natural that in a complex and vast country like ours there are fields where our Govt really  fails and that may happen under Govt formed by any party……… I find that their journalism are more independent, and most of the cases are rational. They admit that their people come into Kashmir and foment trouble there, what really is the case.  It is not surprising if those people are  hounded out, and attacked, by those same terrorists who are criticized inside the studio.

Often questions pester me–how their press and media can be so rational, and so independent, in spite of their being in a failed and backward state. Some say our press and media are owned by our industrialists, like Tata, Birla, Goenka etc etc. If these press and media, criticize our Govt for any of its fault, then Govt may take retaliatory action which may harm their industry. This is the reason why our press and TV, cannot be unbiased and fearless, to ctiticise our Govt’s policies where due. In case of Pakistan, No industrialist controls there Press and media, therefore they have no fears like  ours’ have. This comment on our press might be true.

Sometime back I read a book–THE Z FACTOR, an autobiography of  Subhash chandra, the father of private television  and entertainment in India. He is the promoter of Essel / G-group . But initially he was a pauper , with Rupees 17 in his pocket from a Haryana village, started for Delhi to try his luck. After a lot of struggle, he found favour with Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, later replaced himself with Dhirendra Bramhachary as the nearest man to Gandhi family, this paved the way for getting licence for him, for Basmati export to Russia. This gave him a windfall profit for him, and started rising. He then started creating one after other industry,  from 17 ruppees in his pocket, to an empire of several thousand crores. All these is explained nicely in chapter 10, under ‘ A LATE NIGHT MEETING WITH MRS G’ in the same book. Now , an industrialist with such background , can he ever criticize any Govt of the day, on any matter?

I remember an incident in eighties. That time Editor of Indian express was Arun Shourie. He is a great writer, and I was very fond of his articles.  Right now, I don’t remember exactly what was the issue, but this much I remember, that he, in a series of article, criticized the then Govt, fighting the Govt. in the court. Initially, Ramnath Goenka, owner of Indian Express,, was supporting Arun Shourie, but after some time pressure of Govt was mounting : the result?  Arun Shourie was sacked unnoticed. Ramnath Goenka, admitted that fight between the newspaper and Govt did a lot of damage to his business empire. This I know being a loyal reader of Indian Express those days, there will surely be many more such cases not openly known to us. Our press should become vocal and independent, for, this will help improve our democracy further. There are still many imperfections in our democracy. Just a few days back Soli Sorabji, our ex-attorney General, was quoted in newspapers: he said if the leading newspapers of any country and the court judgements by the judges, go on praising the Govt of the day, then one thing is sure, this particular country is not democratic in the real sense of the term. Para ser una democracia perfecta, se debe permitir que las instituciones funcionen sin ningún temor o favor.

 

 

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Regulatory Lessons of Faulty Hip Implants [ collected from ET for ref]


The faulty hip implant made by Johnson & Johnson that were put inside some 4,700 patients, four of whom died and 3,600 of whom cannot be traced, hold up a mirror to India’s healthcare regulation, and the picture is not pretty.

India needs comprehensive healthcare data storage and management, globally conversant regulation of implants and drugs and strict codes of conduct for medical companies that penalise unethical conduct.

The prosthetic, manufactured by a subsidiary of J&J, got clearance from America’s Food and Drug Administration in 2005. It secured approval for sale in India in 2006 for three years and renewed its application in April 2009, fortifying it with a declaration of no product complaints in September.

It obtained a renewed licence in December 2009, and began the process of importing them in the next month. But in December 2009, the product had already been recalled in Australia. And the recall became global in August 2010.

The company misbehaved by denying product complaints and going ahead with licensing and import after it had already recalled the product in Australia. The company agreed to a settlement of $2.47 billion to around 8,000 claimants in the US by end-2013.

Yet, India waited till 2017 to set up a committee to investigate, which submitted its report in February 2018, recommending at least Rs 20 lakh compensation for patients, and reimbursement by the company for revision surgeries till August 2025. The government must implement these recommendations.

The Companies Act allows those who suffer from these faulty implants to move a class-action suit against J&J. More to the point, the government must draw the right lessons and overhaul its regulatory process and apparatus. Healthcare data storage and management must become mandatory.