Not in public interest
KumKum Dasgupta in What’s up, doc? (May 9) has exposed the IMA. It seems that the members of the IMA have sacrificed their professional values for money offered by the MNCs.india Updated: May 11, 2008 21:23 IST
KumKum Dasgupta in What’s up, doc? (May 9) has exposed the Indian Medical Association (IMA). It seems that the members of the association have sacrificed their professional values for money offered by the multinational companies. Instead of endorsing food products marketed by the companies, the IMA should promote good and healthy lifestyles. Promoting a particular brand of fruit juice and allowing the company to use the IMA logo is a breach of faith. All units of the doctors’ association should unite against this decision and force the office-bearers of the IMA to cancel the memorandum of understanding they signed with PepsiCo.
Vitull K. Gupta
No billing for women
Apropos of the editorial It doesn’t fit the Bill (May 8), the way the Women’s Reservation Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha shows how little our politicians care for the welfare of women. It’s ridiculous that in a country, where a woman is the President, and another women heads the ruling coalition, there was only chaos and confusion in the House when the bill was tabled.
Nowhere is social inequality more visible than in the case of women. Hence the Women’s Reservation Bill is necessary only if it helps in empowering un-empowered women. Reservation is an instrument to correct social imbalances. However, until certain conditions of class, caste and creamy layer are changed, the very purpose of the Bill would be defeated.
Sagarika Ghose in City of dreadful knights (May 7) has rightly pointed out the perils of political foul play in cities. Mumbai or Bangalore will eventually lose out if these politicians get the support of locals. Political leaders should channelise their resources towards the growth of these cities, instead of creating ghettos.