Niti Aayog is in denial about hunger in India – but the problem is worse than the statistics show

Instead of accepting that millions of Indians need better nutrition, the organisation’s economists have argued that the Global Hunger Index is flawed. Ian D Keating/Flickr [Licenced under CC BY 2.0] Dec 13, 2017 · 02:30 pm Sylvia Karpagam  &  Veena Shatrugna   The Global Hunger Index put out by International Food Policy and Research Institute was released on October... Continue Reading →


The government of Karnataka cannot hand over tax payer’s money and public property to a private hospital that refuses to be regulated.

Dr. Sylvia Karpagam The government of Karnataka has been flip-flopping around the issue of healthcare. The initial posturing by the health minister about bringing the private sector under strict regulatory guidelines was welcomed by citizen groups. It also unleashed a unified, large scale protest by the private hospital doctors, led by a strident Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Private... Continue Reading →

Look at who the Niti Aayog is consulting

October 26, 2017, 6:31 PM IST Rema Nagarajan in Staying Alive | India | TOI International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is globally known for being a front organisation for food companies, soft drink companies and agrochemical manufacturers. There have been several reports on how ILSI has funded studies to oppose or dilute public health measures involving regulation of the food industry to tackle obesity.... Continue Reading →

Occupational health guidelines

Table of Contents Table of Contents. 1 The importance of occupational health. 1 Possible occupational hazards for those going to the field. 1 Possible occupational hazards for those who remain indoors. 2 General measures by staff when travelling. 2 Management of individual conditions. 3 A healthy and balanced diet. 6 Minimum drugs to carry when... Continue Reading →

Unhealthy partnerships: Karnataka Public Private Partnership, India By Dr. Sylvia Karpagam

AUTHOR : MOHGA KAMAL-YANNI ON AUG 25TH, 2017 IN PRIVATE SECTOR, PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS | 0 COMMENTS  Link The Rajiv Gandhi super-speciality hospital, in Raichur, Karnataka, has been celebrated as an example of a successful public-private partnership (PPP). The Planning Commission of India described it as a ‘possible model for replication and up-scaling’, while the National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has been active in... Continue Reading →


RAIOT Challenging the Consensus OCTOBER 27, 2017 / DR. SYLVIA KARPAGAM In 1998, I joined St. John’s Medical college as a post graduate in the department of Community Medicine, Bengaluru. It was just nice to have got a post-graduate seat. Soon, however, it was time to decide on my thesis topic leading to an interaction with... Continue Reading →

Private vested interests rear their heads

Dr. Sylvia Karpagam Link to edited version in DH An online petition to the Governor of Karnataka has been doing the rounds on, presumably signed by private hospital doctors and those owning medical establishments and demanding the dismissal of the health minister of Karnataka, Mr. Ramesh Kumar. The petition is filled with language that... Continue Reading →

Fortification – of Indian diets or corporate pockets?

Dr. Sylvia Karpagam In India, food fortification is being projected as a convenient and cheap solution for all of India’s nutrition related woes, with ongoing discussions by policy makers about making it mandatory and accompanying aggressive promotion by multinationals [1], [2], [3]. The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an independent governmental body to monitor food... Continue Reading →

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