Wednesday, October 1, 2003
Dr Raj Kumar Anand

Dr Raj Kumar Anand

A few years ago, when I was losing interest in MRA, a young friend brought me back into its fold. He is Bhanu Kale. His healthy criticism of our work did the magic. I saw him work full blast day and night to fulfill the objectives of our Trust. I would therefore like to begin this article by applauding Bhanu.

I honestly consider it a privilege to have a friend like him. The way he carried Disha in the last six years gave direction to several people to take initiatives for change in their lives. We wish him well in his future endeavors.

As a child specialist, I have been involved with the ‘Baby-Friendly Hospitals’ movement for quite some time. At the end of this month, a friend was to come to India to help us conduct workshops for ‘Mother-Friendly Birthing Practices’. She cannot come now because she has been diagnosed to have developed cancer of cervix. I am not sure if she was getting a ‘Pap’ test done at yearly intervals. I am concerned about my dear friend. The test has made early detection of this cancer relatively simple. When the surgery is done at an early stage, the rate of cure for this cancer approximates 100 percent. All women of child bearing age and older, are expected to ask their doctor about this test.

But what about the doctor himself! My friend Russi (R.M.Lala) is concerned about me and my busyness. He is right. He keeps reminding me about sharing my responsibilities with others. This is precisely what I plan to do today with your support. As I look back at our work with Initiatives of Change, certain themes come to my mind. I was tempted to write on these subjects myself. Then the thought came about shared responsibility. In that spirit, I request the readers of Disha to write and share their personal experience's related to the following themes in future issues of Disha:

  • A true Friend
  • Honesty without love is cruelty
  • How do I react if somebody hearts me?
  • What comes first- to love or change the other person?
  • If it ain't fun, it ain't M.R.A.
  • As a doctor, I feel responsible for the physical as well as emotional health of every individual in our team. Do they have regular health check-ups?

    Do they follow a healthy lifestyle? Are they at peace? Could I be of help to them? Through this column, I offer my help to guide each one of them.

    Taking cue from the last theme, let me end with a story that I got through the internet from a thirteen year old girl. It is titled

    Never argue with a child!

    A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said that it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human, because even though it was a very large mammal, its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible. The little girl said," When I get to heaven, I will ask Jonah”. The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?” The little girl replied, "Then you ask him”.


    Dr R.K. ANAND
    President, MRA-IC (India)