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The Quacks,Touts and the Compensations, Dr. Kamal Mahawer covers all aspects of the medical field which is now turning into a business

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A sixty-year-old man with chest pain goes to his local family doctor. Chest pain is a common clinical condition and can result from a number of conditions. However, it promptly takes a patient to the doctor because deep inside, every patient is worried that it could be due to a heart problem. Family doctors and cardiologists are aware of this fear in patients’ minds and will not hesitate to exploit it.  When the survival of your own family is at stake and when the hospital has given you targets to achieve for the month, even the most conscientious cardiologist will not hesitate in recommending stenting even if it is not strictly necessary or required at all.- Excerpt from “The Ethical Doctor”

Sept 04, 2016: It’s been a long night, alternating between cups of coffee and a monstrous packet of chips, I had imagined sporadically about life without a uterus like the forty-year lady mentioned briefly in the book ’The Ethical doctor’. It started off as a casual read after an evening of friendly banter with a couple of doctor friends over medical corruption. I wouldn’t lie; the words did take me off guard but I played along dumbly. Corruption amongst the Gods; our hallelujah healers, how plausible is that?

‘Ethical doctor’ helped me climb the ladder from an atheistic to a realist. Closing the book cover that night, it was established that my newfound knowledge about Cuts and Commissions, Unnecessary Tests and Treatment and more on the similar lines could now easily piss off a doctor. I looked up the name of the author, Kamal Mahawar, unsurprisingly the man had many titles to adorn the name, he was a Bariatric Surgeon for Sunderland Royal Hospital, UK, an Associate Clinical Lecturer, an Editorial Board Member for “Obesity Surgery” and the Chairman of Webmed Limited. The book must be a Gospel message, I thought!

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Dr. Kamal Mahawar. Image source: Twitter

A man practicing in UK writes a book about Indian medical conduct, undoubtedly there will be questions thrown at him. I had my own set in a thought bubble over my head that needed answers that night.

Days later, I (Reporter Karishma Vanjani) got a chance to pen them down for Newsgram, after an interview with Doctor Kamal, himself. *Self-applauds*

A distant hum in the background was the only sound accompanying the unmissed anticipation of the conversation. I broke the ice by questioning him about his journey to becoming a veritable doctor-writer, in the likes of Danielle Ofri.

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  • Karishma: So, What inspired you to move out of the hospital corridors and turn into an author cum doctor?

Dr. Mahawar: It’s an honor to be referred by this label. I wouldn’t want to give you a very clichéd answer but years after I settled into my role as a doctor, I thought to myself what have I given to a country that gave me a free medical education and so much more. My stint in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was part of the same journey; a journey to find ways to contribute to the Indian society without shadowing a judgment on it.

Now, we can’t deny that there are problems in the system that goes deep. I mean as a surgeon, I can come back and maybe do 20 operations a month but even if 100’s or 1000’s of surgeons like me went back, it won’t change anything, will it? Problems are profound and it was only when I realized the importance of addressing the structure of the system in place that I started writing.

  • Karishma: Your book “The Ethical Doctor” talks about how easy it is to dupe people when it comes to the matters of life and death. It has a very good insight into the medical profession in India. The readers would love to know about your life in India that helped you understand more on the lines of Medical fraud.

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Dr. Mahawar: From 1991-2011, I played my role in India-  learning, practicing and absorbing the people and the environment around me. I also went back to Delhi for seven months in 2014, but sadly I couldn’t work looking at how the system functioned. Today, as a columnist for the Indian medical times, I say things impartially. I have written several opinion pieces in the last 3-4 months and people do come out and criticize you. However, I believe that till the time you don’t put your self-interest aside, the society won’t move forward. Everything I know, I tried to share it through my book and that’s all I have done.

  • Karishma: Would you like to comment on the Kidney racket in Mumbai’s Hiranandani, hospital? This has been the first time senior doctors at a large institute in the city have been arrested for unethical medical practices. There are arrests and pre-arrest bail pleas are being made, let’s just say there must be an absolute havoc in the hospital?

Dr. Mahawar: You’ll actually find a blog on this topic by me on the Indiatimes portal. I would like to say that it’s not just doctors and hospital owners who need to do some soul-searching here. Why would there be an incentive for a doctor to cheat if he’s rewarded properly? Doctors pass out with 10 years of experience as their leverage but also a family to pay for. If you pay him 20,000 a month how do you expect him to survive?

A lot of my Indian friends in England say they want to go back to India but they are so put off by the nature of the practice that they would rather not. Where are the jobs for people to go to? We talk about doctor’s being unethical but has the government created a system where people can go and work after qualifying? Where is the system?

Dr. Kamal Mahawar, a man of expertise, experience and understanding will show you the good bad and the ugly side of the most revered profession in the world through his book. By the end of the interview, he happily disclosed that there’s another book in the pipeline and we, here at Newsgram wish him the very best for it! Dr. Mahawar can be contacted at @kmahawar 

– Interviewed by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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A landmark book to detoxify India

 The researcher of this detoxifying book -- Salil Gewali was born in Shillong, Meghalaya.

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This book is an eye-opener to the Indians who have lost interest in anything that is traditionally their own, and believing that everything of value should come from the post-industrial civilization of the West.
Great Minds of India is a book written by Salil Gewali

By Dr. Naresh Goswami

‘GREAT MINDS ON INDIA’ is simply outstanding! I never knew that such a compilation exists and we all should be thankful to Mr. Salil Gewali! These great quotes should be embossed on plaques and displayed on the walls of our Parliament, State Assembly Halls, and at all our educational institutions. Most importantly, the material should be made a compulsory reading for all the school students.
–Dr. AV Murali, Houston (Former NASA Scientist) 

The rise of the likes of Salil Gewali appears to be a real sunshine of hope. India, which was the fountainhead of the profound knowledge, has unfortunately been groping in the darkness of misinformation. Thanks to hordes of native scholars who love to undermine their own literary heritage and disseminated distorted history.

So, against this disquieting backdrop, Gewali’s exhaustive research-based book “Great minds on INDIA”, which originally published with the title named – “What is India”, is going to be a remarkable testament. The substantive document to inform one and all about the secular basis of Indian literature. The book is doubtlessly going to establish the universal essence of the Indian culture which hitherto misinterpreted by anti-nation forces.

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The Book titled ‘Great Minds on India’ By Salil Gewali

The idea of a compilation of thoughts and opinions of the world top thinkers and writers occurred to Mr. Gewali during his late teens. His father – Krishna Prasad Gewali, who was an erudite scholar, inspired Mr. Salil Gewali and showed him the depth of the ancient literature. From early age, Mr Salil was much drawn to study Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita. He reminiscence in one of his articles – “ I had encountered that a good many literary books published from the country, which deliberately undermine the ancient text and denigrate the cultural values of the home country, were held in high esteem. Those authors were only applauded, honored and awarded. Whereas, the ones who loved the country and wanted to uphold the traditional values and preserve the ancient and universal wisdom of the home country were considered as the cohort lost in the wilderness of jingoism”. Gewali could not stomach the rise of the forces which are going to be detriminantal to the nation.

Mr. Gewali made deeper studies of the ancient scriptures vis-a-vise the western intellectuals. He painstakingly picked up the pearls of gem scattered in the various books authored by western geniuses. Gewali’s prime objective was to discover what those western scholars had said about India and her wisdom. Gewali felt that only the opinions and thoughts expressed by the western intellectual can bring the Indian intellectual to the sense.

After a very long struggle, Gewali could bring out the compilation in the Xerox format in the year 1998. For his financial hardship, he could not publish the book in the print format for many years. However, after a long gap of 11 years, the first printed format was published in 2009.

 This unique book immediately caught the attention of so many scholars across the world. The first edition, which was formally launched by the governor of Meghalaya – Shri Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, the book also reached a NASA scientist – Prof. AV Murali. Later Prof. Being extremely awe-stricken by the contents of the book he remarked: “This compilation is simply outstanding! I never knew that such a compilation exists and we all should be thankful to Mr. Salil Gewali! These great quotes should be embossed on plaques and displayed on the walls of our Parliament, State Assembly Halls, and at all our educational institutions. Most importantly, the material should be made a compulsory reading for all the school students.” Prof. Murali is a former National Research Council Scientist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston of the (NASA). Murali also worked as a scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston. The book has also fascinated the NASA Chief scientist, Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, who has offered to pen down the preface for the revised edition of the book.

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The first edition, which was formally launched by the governor of Meghalaya – Shri Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary

Prof Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, a world-acclaimed novelist, whose famous novel, ‘The Mistress of Spices’ was released as a film directed by Paul Mayeda Berges starring Aishwarya Rai and Dylan McDermott, applauded Gewali’s book : “An inspirational read that reminds us of our amazing ancient heritage and why we need to incorporate it into our lives as modern Indians.”

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Prof Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, a world-acclaimed novelist, applauded Gewali’s book

Starting from 2011 till the date Gewali’s book has been translated into eleven languages, mostly by prominent literary figures, bureaucrats and scientists.

The book translated in other languages as under :

Hindi: by Vishwa Mohan Tiwari, former Vice Air Marshal, Noida, Delhi and Dr. MP Jain, Udaipur, Rajasthan.

 Malayalam: by Dr. M. Pushpangadan, Kerala and Smt. Mansi PA, Mumbai.

 Telugu: by Satyadeva Prasad and BS Sharma, Secunderabad, Telangana

 Gujarati: by Rekha Dave and edited by Jitu Patwari

 Nepali: by  Dr Govinda Raj Bhattarai, Prof of Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

 Marathi: Deepa Joshi, Thane, Mumbai, Edited by Leena Mehendale, Former Additional Chief Secretary, Government of  Maharashtra, Mumbai

 Kannada: by Dr. Mulliya Raghavayya, former Nuclear scientist, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Karnataka, Mysore.

Tamil: Dr. Pothy C Jayapal, Chennai.

Manipuri: by Sadashiva Singh, Senapati, Manipur.

Bengali, : by Prof. R.N. Das, MD, MRCP (UK), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), edited by Prof. Nirmal Maity.

Another scholar from California Ms. Anna Hourihan writes in her review:  “Salil Gewali’s work puts a spotlight on the importance of the ancient teachings, which are imperative for our future existence in these crucial times. His book is a most worthwhile gift to all of us. But chiefly it’s for the people of India so that they may realize the importance of the role of India and Indians from early times, and which continues even today with its scientists, sages and also the Hindu Indian diaspora.” 

Lastly, the efforts of a scholar like Salil Gewali should be acknowledged and appreciated in the highest terms. Government of India should take the initiative to spread this book before our children become secular and start hating not only the culture and but the country too. I would further add that ‘Great minds on INDIA’ doubtlessly shatters the limitations of mind by making it embrace the higher perceptions. It makes us rise above the false opinions of pseudo intellectuals, who believe that there is no point in looking back, particularly concerning ancient heritage. When one encounters Gewali’s testimonial work, one discovers new routes to unfold our glorious past. After all, we need a right path to arrive at the destination – the self realization. That is not possible with a flawed perspective. So, Salil’s book will be a magnificent light to show the truth in the right perspective which otherwise just undermined as old myth and fairy-tale stories.

 The researcher of this detoxifying book — Salil Gewali was born in Shillong, Meghalaya. His father, (Late) Krishna Prasad Gewali was a very learned scholar and writer who was well versed in ancient scriptures. Gewali was first introduced to the ancient Indian literature by his father who also had a very in-depth knowledge of Sanskrit language. So, from an early age, Mr. Gewali was drawn to study Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita.Gewali passed his School Leaving Certificate examination from ‘Mawprem Modern High School’, in 1986 and joined St. Anthony College, Shillong, Meghalaya for further studies. He completed his post-graduation in English Literature. 

One response to “A landmark book to detoxify India”

  1. There is an adage, If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love anybody else. This book will help many Indians to be proud who they are and hence love themselves first.