Flawed economics?

Veena Shatrugna and Sylvia Karpagam DECEMBER 12, 2017 00:15 IST Link Hunger is not related as much to food production as to access and distribution The article “A misleading hunger index” (Dec. 4) could have been ignored for its wrong understanding of both epidemiology and nutrition if it wasn’t for the fact that its authors... 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 Change.org, 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 →

Beware! Gorakhpur redux in Bengaluru?

NATION, CURRENT AFFAIRS DECCAN CHRONICLE. | JOYEETA CHAKRAVORTY PublishedAug 23, 2017, 2:50 am IST UpdatedAug 23, 2017, 3:23 am IST Queues of weary patients awaiting treatment at Bowring Hospital are a common sight.  Contrary to the increase in number of doctors trained in Karnataka, the shortage of total number of specialists went up from 32% to 39%... Continue Reading →

IIM Directors Meeting, 28th August 2017: An Open Letter to the IIM Leadership

Dear IIM Directors: RE: IIM Directors Meeting, 28th August 2017: An Open Letter We would like to introduce ourselves as Siddharth Joshi and Deepak Malghan. Joshi is a Fellow of IIM Bangalore (2017) and Malghan is on the faculty at IIM Bangalore. However, we write this to you in our personal capacities. As part of... Continue Reading →

What ‘Egg-zactly’ Is the Problem with ISKCON’s Mid Day Meals?

 Dr. SYLVIA KARPAGAM Monday, August 21,2017 BENGALURU:  The decision of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) to terminate its mid-day meal contract with the state government of Andhra Pradesh is a welcome move and much required in all other states of the country as well where the NGO supplies mid-day meals. In Chitoor, ISKCON... Continue Reading →

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