Author: Edmond Fernandes

Bottle of Lies : Book Review

I grew up to wonder if Ranbaxy was the safest company in India who manufactured medicines for public utility. In-fact I also distinctly recall having recommended to good many number of friends during my under-graduate medicine days to go for …

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India’s health ministry must make ban on smoking a personal cause

The recent ban on e-cigarettes has been the talk that hover’s around every conversation in the public health and public policy space. While it emerges as a strong initiative and a bold step, India’s health ministry must ban smoking in …

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In defense of Bishop Derek – Belagavi

There was a recent furore with regard to the saffron robe being worn by the Bishop of Belagavi who embraced the roots of being Indian and termed it inculturation. The opinions got divided and the Church in India remained perplexed …

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How Punjab will lose a generation to drugs

Drug business brings a turnover of over $500 billion, only next to petroleum and arms trade. Over 190 million people all over consume drugs and the consequence of this falls directly on society, neighbourhood and families.

The drug addicts turning …

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10 things north Indians must learn from south Indians

  1. South India is not Madras and is culturally diverse, geographically magnificent and linguistically multi-lingual. Madras is nothing but an emotion. We do not speak only Hindi.
  2. Paratha for breakfast ! We offer more than a stuffed paratha. You can eat
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Can the techno-consumptive culture fuel Indian healthcare?

Evidence based medicine is slowly being strengthened into technology driven medicine. The workshops that are being held on robotics, artificial intelligence, data analytics in healthcare is rising at a pace unprecedented in human history before.

Medical hospitals and residency programs …

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Long term health consequences of Cyclone Fani

Human altruism gets faded out, once the newspapers and primetime television channels stop covering the disaster. The communities are left behind to deal with the consequences for themselves. Relief organizations and military teams come by and go. In the bargain …

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Global health: A philosophical narrative in real time

Fond recollection of historical times, serves to remind us that healthcare is integral to human survival. The problem of hubris & special interests stops the speedy progress of healthcare around the world. Healthcare by all governments must be looked upon …

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Tobacco, public health and the battle of Waterloo

One might wonder what the Battle of Waterloo has got to do with public health and tobacco in the first place. Waterloo served as a turning point in world history. It marked the end of Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the …

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Healthcare 2019: The age of Rahul Gandhi & Narendra Modi


The General elections 2019 is fast approaching and political out-reaches have started. In all those popular conversations, dinner table talks, the idea of healthcare continues to be unheard.  

The idea of health as a human right sets in

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