Mandatory Rural Serv...

Different opinions on contentious topics make not just for interesting debates but often help clarify the intricacies of the issue. Our community has no dearth of articulate voices making their points forcefully. In recent times , few topics have generated as much heat and dust as the call...

ARE YOU A ‘TAP TURNER OFF’ ?

Forty year ago, as a young postgraduate student of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1973, I listened to a guest lecture on ‘ The future directions in Research’. The speaker, Prof. Denis Burkitt  (of Burkitt Lymphoma fame) had just become head of the Medical Research Council in UK, after some path breaking research on ‘Fibre in the diet’. The core of his lecture was an important question he posed to all us youngsters, as we began our new vocations.  Are you a Floor Mopper or a Tap turner off – he asked. I was 25 and a young graduate from St. John’s Medical College, challenged to a new vocation in...