Thursday, October 27, 2011
Infant Death Rate, on a rise in India….I am deeply hurt….are you??
I am disturbed, I am upset, I am choked, and well most importantly I am feeling helpless. Is that the right way of saying it, but yes when I keep seeing news in the media about rising infant death rate in India, my expressions above would hold good to any sensible human being and a responsible citizen of this country. There was a statistic that said that every 3 mins an infant is dying in this country.Is that a value for a human life, born in this country, there is enough money to splurge on multiple extravaganza by a section of this civilized society, but an infant lacks a basic security for its life here.Even as I am posting this article there are more reports of infant deaths at B.C.Roy hospital at Kolkata,West Bengal.There are multiple arguments and counter arguments on this issue,from both patient party and the hospital....
That’s truly the state of democracy and Unity in Diversity for you.
It’s highly unrealistic to expect a miracle in the attitude of the establishment and ruling class, but atleast if a basic medical attention is ensured to every single infant in our government hospitals in every state the rate of death could be brought down. I recollect a story from my high school Tamil class, where my teacher had narrated a story of a Chola King, Manu Neethi Cholan,who had a bell fixed at the entrance of his palace and had announced that if any citizen had any grievance,could come over and ring the bell and he would address their issues. One day a Cow had come over to the palace and started ringing the bell so violently, the issue was that the calf of that cow had died and got crushed under the wheel of the chariot which was driven by the prince of that kingdom, meaning the son of Manu Neethi Cholan.After enquiry the king announced in his court, the verdict, which read, “The accused the prince of this kingdom, had been found guilty of his crime of having killed the calf of this cow, under the wheels of his chariot, so he would be executed in the same manner in public, so that every single citizen in this kingdom would realize that the value of a fellow being’s life is as significant as one’s own”.
Today when we narrate this story we would have views from a section of people who would claim themselves as modern in their outlook, that probably the king was a mentally insane guy, otherwise what was the need to stage such a drama. They would even go to the extent of manipulating and distorting the history that maybe the king had a second wife and he was very keen to make the son out of that relationship to succeed his throne, this cow and calf episode was a pre planned conspiracy by his close associates. A few section of the present day ruling class might even claim that the whole story was a figment of one’s imagination, there was never a kingdom called Chola kingdom, and someone called Manu Neethi Cholan existed in the imagination of those writers who were partial towards glorifying only the Chola Culture which never existed, rather the Pandya, Chera and Pallava kingdom were the only kingdoms that existed in down south of India and their contribution was much more than any other kingdoms.
That’s an exceptional concept called “Divide and Rule”
If every single political party in this country could adopt one single village atleast within their own state, forget outside their state we would not be having people migrating from their villages to the cities and living in slums where they are easy targets to every possible grunge one could think of in the wildest imagination.
But yes if we had no slums, how would movies like Slumdog Millionaire get made, which had put us on the global map.
Truly we have arrived……
Posted by Venkataramanan Ramasethu