I.V.Line – 4

Dr.SoumyadeepB

Thoughts Provoked

The envelope besides the syllabus and the routine also contained the very useful library and the identity card forms. I neatly stacked them into a corner of the desk under a paper weight and got about reading the other pages. There were also some other pages–.

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In a professional college such as a medical or engineering college students are expected to be elitist. They belong to the scholarly class and should hence shun themselves from the ordinary activities of the civil class. Yes we the students of a medical college are to be looked upon downly whenever we discuss ordinary commonsport affair—be it currnet affairs, politics or sometimes even sports.

What the proponents of the above mentioned theory fail to realize or often deliberately forget is the fact that the students infuse new blood in the massively clogged society. When students leave home for higher education they are advised by all well-wishers

“ Don’t get into other people problems/ Steer clear from any controversy.” But it is these  same people who always talk about the French revolution, about Nelson Mandela about Bhagat Singh. What would the world be today if students always  not thought about other people’s problems?

Students have new ideas, new insights. Students routinely shake up the older folk who hold the reins of government and industry. Because they are young and inexperienced they are idealistic, they fight injustice and lend their voice to various social causes to which older people may have become cynical and given up. The Indian independence is a great example how students have shook up the mighty British empire who had for almost a century been commiting human rights atrocities to the inhabitants of the land they have forcibly acquired.The old had surrendered. They considered the practicalities of the situation. “How can I an ordinary citizen fight the British empire with all their sophisticated arms and armaments?”But they failed to see the simple logic which the caught the students mind , “Why should we allow a handful of bloody firangees torture a nation of millions?.”

Students create trends in fashion, in music, in art. They keep a society alive and in a state of constant evolution. Trying to stop students from bringing about societal change is infact trying to break free from the laws of evolution.

Its high time now that we as students develop empathy for all that is in the society. As doctors of the future we definetly need to look on and understand the problems of all classes of the society be it a District magistrate or a beggar. If YOU stop knowing about all that is going in the society YOU disconnect yourself from the society.YOU need to be in touch with the reality  know about economics,politics current affairs. Environment everything.YOU need to feel what is affecting the society the environment and even us.If YOU disconnect yourself from thw whole world YOU end up being a bookworm and YOU AS A DOCTOR start considering patients as pathological objects needing intervention.

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Che Guevara- a “youth icon” even today in any part of the world ,whose face appears in all types of “ products” imaginable(even though he himself despised commercialism), whose “Guerelaa hero” photograph was named the3 “most famous photograph of the world was a doctor.

As a boy he was suffered from bouts of acute severe asthma, a disease that afflicted him throughout his life. Yet with what is called sheer mind power he excelled as an athlete, enjoyed swimming, soccer, golf, and shooting. He was a swimmer,an avid rugby player. His rugby playing earned him the nickname “Fuser”—a contraction of El Furibundo (raging) and his mother’s surname, de la Serna—for his aggressive style of play.

In 1948, Guevara entered the University of Buenos Aires to study medicine. However, his “hunger to explore the world” led him to intersperse his collegiate pursuits with two long introspective journeys that would fundamentally change the way he viewed himself and the present economic conditions in Latin America. (“A motorcycle journey the length of South America awakened him to the injustice of U.S. domination in the hemisphere, and to the suffering colonialism brought to its original inhabitants.” Said geaorge Galloway, a British Poltician)

The first expedition in 1950 was a 4,500 kilometer (2,800 mi) solo trip through the rural provinces of  North argentina in a bicycle on which he installed a small motor.This was followed in 1951 by a nine month 8,000 kilometer (5,000 mi) continental motorcycle trek through most of south america.Guevara found himself enraged by the working conditions of the miners in a copper mine; and moved by his overnight encounter in the Atacama Desert with a persecuted communist couple who didn’t even own a blanket, describing them as “the shivering flesh-and-blood victims of capitalist exploitatation”.

In the high Andes, he was struck by the crushing poverty of the remote rural areas, where peasant farmers worked small plots of land owned by wealthy landlords, Later on his journey, Guevara was especially impressed by the camaraderie among those living in a Leper Colony, stating “The highest forms of human solidarity and loyalty arise among such lonely and desperate people.”

Guevara later remarked that through his travels of Latin America, he came in “close contact with poverty, hunger and disease” along with the “inability to treat a child because of lack of money” and “stupefaction provoked by the continual hunger and punishment” that leads a father to “accept the loss of a son as an unimportant accident.”

Guevara later as a doctor  continued to be deeply troubled by the poverty around him. In one instance, Hilda(his wife) describes Guevara’s obsession with an elderly washerwoman whom he was treating, remarking that he saw her as “representative of the most forgotten and exploited class.” Hilda later found a poem that Che had dedicated to the old woman, containing “a promise to fight for a better world, for a better life for all the poor and exploited.”

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What was all this about I wondered and lay down in my bed intending to take a short nap. This was definetly not what I had expected . Should I read it again? Maybe the seniors would start ragging with a viva on these topics. Or may be we would have a debate or an extempore. I might face the wrath of the seniors if I did not meet upto the standards. This must be some sort of intelligent ragging. I was sure. So I got the papers and reread them all. Taking special care about special lines which might have hidden connocotions.(I must confess that I  felt frustrated by my inability to find them ).I carefully learnt up all the dates and the places.(what if their was a viva ;)) What was all this idealistic crap about?

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