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Dinesh Trivedi

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    ... It would appear that the Government is getting serious about eliminating leprosy. First, there was a strong statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 30, calling for an end to the stigma and discrimination that those afflicted with leprosy often face. Then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech said the government was hoping to eliminate leprosy by 2018. The new Health Policy announced subsequently also included the additional target of bringing down leprosy-related grade II disabilities to less than one in a million, by 2020. However, the Policy fails to take into cognizance the enormous hurdles in implementation that the country faces. In fact, India declared as long ago as 2005 that it had eliminated leprosy as a public health concern. But by the government’s own admission, an intensive ‘seek and treat’ campaign threw up as many as 34,000 unreported cases last year. ...

    Indian Express on May 30, 2017, 3 p.m.

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    ... While I pen this article, the latest figure of the dead in the Indore-Patna Express derailment is 145, seriously injured 58, injured 122, due to an avoidable mishap. I am not calling this an accident. I am calling it a mishap, which means a disaster which could have been avoided. After such a horrible incident, a routine inquiry is ordered and the inquiry commission gives its report after many months. By then, the public would have forgotten about this accident till another such unfortunate accident takes place and the data of the dead is then compared to find out which accident was bigger, yet another inquiry commission being ordered. And so, the cycle of accidents and routine inquiry commissions will go on — but who will never forget such horrible, avoidable accidents? The families who would have lost their near and dear ones? A mother who might have lost her children? A son who might have lost his father? ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 22, 2016, 12:04 a.m.

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    ... While I pen this article, the latest figure of the dead in the Indore-Patna Express derailment is 145, seriously injured 58, injured 122, due to an avoidable mishap. I am not calling this an accident. I am calling it a mishap, which means a disaster which could have been avoided. After such a horrible incident, a routine inquiry is ordered and the inquiry commission gives its report after many months. By then, the public would have forgotten about this accident till another such unfortunate accident takes place and the data of the dead is then compared to find out which accident was bigger, yet another inquiry commission being ordered. And so, the cycle of accidents and routine inquiry commissions will go on — but who will never forget such horrible, avoidable accidents? The families who would have lost their near and dear ones? A mother who might have lost her children? A son who might have lost his father? ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 22, 2016, 12:04 a.m.