Are these children just a piece of news, some numbers, data? Or a legacy of 70 years of apathy that runs in my – and everybody else’s – free veins?
Two responses to the ‘March for Science’ arbitrarily separate the role of the sciences and the social sciences in understanding the world. This is almost regressive.
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Due to the vacancies, the panel found that the patients were being tended to by untrained doctors beyond office hours.
The UP chief minister has said he will prevent the recurrence of such events, but that will mean focusing efforts on locating and solving systemic problems rather than suspending individuals.
Unless the chronic deficiencies in the country’s public health system are rectified, tragedies like Gorakhpur will keep happening.
“One can keep blaming us for things but this is an exercise which has been neglected for the last 20 years in the state of UP, Bihar, Assam,” UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh said.
In the tenth episode of Media Bol, Urmilesh discusses the media coverage of the death of 70 children in Gorakhpur with TV journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani and The Wire Hindi’s Krishnakant.
The National Human Rights Commission has asked the UP government to submit a report on what happened and how it is compensating families.
With the government giving 23 natural reasons for the children’s deaths, the official line eliminates any human or institutional hand or negligence.
A desperate attempt is underway to change the narrative over the death of scores of children.
The UP government insists that the deaths are unrelated to any oxygen shortage, though they are yet to explain why 23 children died on August 10.
While the SP Gorakhpur has said 21 of those deaths were due to a lack of liquid oxygen, the Adityanath state government has fiercely rejected this claim.
There is a need for greater awareness of the potentially fatal illness, which is misconceived as an exotic disease only affecting people in rural areas and whose symptoms can be mistaken for dengue, malaria or typhoid.
The entry of Chinese players into the market in the 1990s selling cheap hosiery dealt a severe blow to a once-thriving industry in eastern Uttar Pradesh, made worse by the rise of cotton prices and non-inclusion of weavers in economic policies.
Much is at stake for every political party: the survival of the BSP and of Mayawati as a Dalit leader, the credibility and standing of two young leaders Rahul and Akhilesh and the future of the BJP as a dominant Hindu nationalist party.
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