When Erasure From Memory Is Also A Human Rights Violation

in Human Rights — by Dr Sylvia Karpagam — July 22, 2017   The Human rights organisation, Amnesty International has brought out two reports, one in 2016 and another in 2017, highlighting details of prisoners facing death penalties and of undertrials in India. However both reports fail to mention that a majority of those facing death penalties or undertrials awaiting... Continue Reading →


Healthcare act amendments should put an end to profiteering, help people

KPME ACT July 14, 2017 Dr Sylvia Karpagam Recently there has been quite a flurry of opinions, accusations and threats around the issue of regulation of private medical establishments in Karnataka. Although the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (KPME) Act has been around since 2007, concerns over the last few years, around patient rights, have brought in... Continue Reading →

From manual scavenger to professor, the journey of Kaushal Panwar

Asst. Professor Kaushal Panwar Despite facing discrimination at every step, Kaushal Panwar managed to achieve her dreams. But she says her identity, for people around her, is still that of a Dalit. Ashwaq Masoodi Kaushal Panwar is an assistant professor of Sanskrit at Motilal Nehru College, Delhi University. Priyanka Parashar/Mint It’s like hitting a brick... Continue Reading →

When TV Anchors Become BJP Spokespersons To Spread Fake News

Published: July 09, 2017 13:19 IST Mahua Moitra The Goebbels doctrine - "Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth" -is also known to psychologists as "the illusion of truth". Under test conditions, people were more likely to rate statements as true when these statements were more familiar. Welcome to the BJP's nation-wide... Continue Reading →

Protest when patients’ rights are hit

Dr Sylvia Karpagam, Jul 7 2017, 0:04 IST Dr Sudarshan Ballal’s article on June 28, 2017 in these columns expressing concern about the controversy and mistrust being generated between the medical fraternity and the state government by the introduction of the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2017, ironically leaves patients and their rights completely... Continue Reading →

Karnataka needs better regulation of private hospitals in order to protect patient rights

Private doctors are protesting price controls on medical procedures. Image credit: Pixabay [Licenced under CC BY 2.0] Jun 30, 2017 · 02:30 pm  Sylvia Karpagam   Doctors in private practices across Karnataka have been protesting stringent measures in the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which seeks to bring more accountability to the expanding private... Continue Reading →

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