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Doctor by conviction, politician by choice

IT IS hard to believe that a politician can be so committed. But, then Dr Shivshanker Bhardwaj is quite different from run of the mill politicians. A Congress MLA from Bhiwani, Haryana, he is also a qualified surgeon. And the medical profession remains his first love. ?I became a politician by choice to serve people,? he says.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 00:59 IST

IT IS hard to believe that a politician can be so committed. But, then Dr Shivshanker Bhardwaj is quite different from run of the mill politicians.
A Congress MLA from Bhiwani, Haryana, he is also a qualified surgeon. And the medical profession remains his first love. “I became a politician by choice to serve people,” he says.

He is in Barabanki for a free surgery camp at a temple in Hadiya Kol about 10 km from the district headquarters.

Dr Bhardwaj is busy operating on patients free of cost at the camp.
He works 20 hours a day and sleeps on the floor. He says, “My mother motivated me to do something for the poor.”

His mother was a follower of Van Kuti, Barabanki, which organises the camp. He first came here in 1984 and has returned every year with his entire hospital staff. “Our staff take turns to come here. All of them look forward to the visit,” he adds.

His entry into politics was also by chance. He met Sonia Gandhi and she was so impressed that he got a ticket. He says after polling on February 2, 2005, when everyone else was busy predicting the result, he caught a train to Barabanki as a camp was to begin from February 3.

His dedication can be gauged from the fact that though the Haryana Chief Minister is visiting his constituency, he has quietly left the place to serve his patients.

He wants such camps in every constituency. He also believes it is an example of national integration as people help one another regardless of religion and caste. His wife Dr Kamla Bhardwaj is also looking after patients at the camp.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 00:59 IST