Fundamental Right  –  To Die With Dignity


The choice should be free 

The Supreme Court of India, by validating euthanasia and Living Will, has only followed the world trend.

It is a good, though belated, step.

Several states in the USA have legalised euthanasia for terminally ill patients after certification by experts that the chances of recovery are  remote or nil.

Many  old people ordered expensive medical procedures by greedy doctors, the thousands who now lead a painful, vegetative existence at great cost and hardship to their close relatives, now get relief from this verdict

The sensational revelation by a lady journalist, of ritual killing of the elderly in a Tamil Nadu  district, as exposed by Aamir Khan’s famous TV show  Satyameva Jayate, has shocked the nation, but it could be more shocking if it turns out  that most of them sought such an end to a futile existence.

Many have sounded a note of caution. And rightly so. In India and rest of the Orient the emotional bonds of primary family are very strong. ,The note of caution is to warn against the possibility of the elderly being blackmailed emotionally into wanting to end their lives. Such a course of action is possible, given the Oriental family ties.

Everyone who parted with all their wealth to their sons who asked for it to tide over a business or career crisis knows he/she could never refuse, though fully aware it is a wrong step. In most cases it led to the parent’s immense suffering, to their abuse and being thrown out of homes.

The number of such sons/daughters may be less than those who do not want their parents’ death — even if they themselves want it. But such children do exist, most often due to their spouses’ pressure.

Before the libaralisation of dignified death or euthanasia comes into force, we should evolve steps to prevent such misuse and also corruption in those supervising and approving such euthanasia.

For greedy doctors who do histerectomies and c-sections when not needed or bypass surgeries on nonegeranians do exist.

India needs many many more hospices and centres of palliative treatment, instead of hospitals.

Life should be ‘StoppableAfterSeventy’ 


IAS ‘Cycle’ of Good And Bad

Smita Sabharwal, IAS  and Akun Sabharwal, IPS  of Telagana – People’s Officers

INTERVIEWING THE EX-DIRECTOR OF LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI  ACADEMY OF  ADMINI- stration at Mussoorie, P.S. Appu,  just after he resingned  over differences  with the then Home Minister Gyani Zail Singh, I asked him about some IAS officers being inefficient or corrupt while some were committed and idealistic.


He told me there appeared to be a cycle – some batches at the Academy turned out excellent officers while others failed. It was, I felt, a subject that needed to be researched further, like the phenomenon of IAS officers’ sons or daughters joining IAS.


A brilliant ex-Chief Secretary of Bihar and one of the best directors the Academy ever had, the late Pappu felt there was nothing wrong, unless short-cuts and wrong means to do so. “Don’t doctors’ children become doctors and lawyers’ children follow their parents?”,  he asked

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