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Sweeping generalizations don’t help
This is in response to Usha Nellore’s letter on racism in
American medicine (May 11). Letters like this make my head
spin. It was filled with emotional arguments, had some truly
sweeping generalizations, lacked nuance, used attack terms
like ‘white supremacists’ of American medicine.
This kind of approach isn’t constructive at all, and Nellore
herself acknowledged the weaknesses in her argument
toward the end of her letter.
It is a little astounding to me to see her generalized ani-
mosity toward the entire white medical establishment.
This might be Nellore’s personal experience in medicine,
and if so she should have presented it as a subjective argu-
ment, detailing her individual suffering in American medi-
cine. But this wasn’t an objective analysis and it made the
mistake of stating and implying that her reality was the per-
vasive reality in most of American medicine.
As the wife of a first-generation Indian doctor who has
lived in this country in different states for 20 years, and who
has experienced American medicine through his eyes, I’m
going to take the liberty to present some perspective on the
First, I fail to understand why it is so racist for the
American Medical Association to call foreign-born doctors
what they are, FMGs — foreign medical graduates — or to
require them to retrain once they are here. It isn’t personal
and we should look at this rationally. When FMGs immi-
grate here from, say, Mozambique, Peru, Bosnia, Kazakhstan
and India, the AMA says, in effect, ‘We’re sure you are
trained, but because of the sheer diversity of incoming doc-
tors, we have to establish some common standards.’
Second, if FMGs have to sometimes practice in under-
served areas or do research, that is not necessarily racism,
but the price paid for gaining entry into the system.
When you label all white physicians as ‘supremacists’ who
engage in ‘tyranny’ and keep minority physicians down, you
are negating the existence of large numbers of white physi-
cians who emphatically don’t fall into this category.
Is there racism in America, and in American medicine? My
husband says he has experienced it, but not often and most-
ly in covert form. Our take is, we don’t condone racism with-
in medicine or without, have fought against it when neces-
sary, but we try to keep things in perspective and we haven’t
let it fill us with bitterness.
My husband has practiced in India and the United
Kingdom, and in both countries in the medical establish-
ment it wasn’t all hunky-dory. In India, it was caste-and
crony-based favoritism, and in the UK there was large-scale
Like it or not, Ms Nellore, human nature isn’t perfect, and
there are dark underbellies everywhere.
America isn’t perfect but it is still probably the best place
where you can do your best and get rewarded for it, some-
times all the way to the top, even more so than in India,
which is why countless Indian physicians are still here.
Recently, the Indian supreme court’s Special Investigative
Team, in its closure report, exonerated Gujarat Chief
Minister Narendra Modi from any culpability in the 2002
sectarian carnage. That mayhem, occurring in the aftermath
of the deaths of 59 people of the majority community in a fire
in the Sabarmati Express, caused the deaths of over 1,000
people and destruction of the houses of about 100,000 peo-
ple from the minority community.
In reaching its flawed conclusion, the SIT has completely
ignored the affidavits of two then active senior Gujarat state
police officers, Sanjeev Bhatt and R B Sreekumar. The SIT
has also ignored Modi’s widely reported mainstream media
statement , made while the carnage was in progress, in which
allegedly said there is a reaction to every action.
Bhatt has emphasized in his sworn affidavit that, in a
closed-door meeting of senior state officials February 27,
2002, which Bhatt claims he attended, Modi told the offi-
cials, ‘Let Hindus vent their anger.’
Sreekumar, another senior Gujarat state police officer, has
made the same allegation against the chief minister in a sep-
Modi’s discriminatory attitude encouraged the marauders
who were attacking Muslims in the aftermath of the Godhra
The Indian supreme court’s amicus curiae, Raju
Ramachandran, has reaffirmed in a recent statement that
there is sufficient evidence in several of the above actions of
Modi to charge and prosecute him under the Indian Penal
Code’s Sections 153 A (1), 153 A (b), 166 and 502 (2).
In November 2007, weekly magazine Tehelka broadcast
interviews with some leaders of the February-March 2002
carnage. They gave detailed information on video about the
protection they continue to receive from the Gujarat state
machinery in not being being charged or prosecuted.
It is obvious but very disappointing that the SIT, despite
being an arm of India’s supreme court, has conducted only a
cursory review of the situation and has ignored major ele-
ments of the impartial investigation that the court had asked
it to do. In the process, a major injustice is being allowed to
go unchallenged, which bodes ill for the Indian constitution’s
guarantees of justice to the minorities. Let us hope that the
honorable supreme court will not allow such a transgression.
Keep it up, Agni team
This is in response to
Ashok Kumar Malhotra’s
letter, ‘What about India’s
poor?’ (May 4).
Bharat Mata gives every
opportunity to its chil-
dren to do the best they
Mr Malhotra, instead of
e-mailing your com-
ments, why don’t you
move to India and do
something for the poor
you are so concerned
If I expect someone to
feed me today, tomorrow
I will have to ask them to
chew the food and then
put it my mouth.
It is every Indian’s duty
to serve the great country
not vice versa. Every individual may not have the same
opportunity. Nobody said life is fair. However, if you want
something you have to go and get it.
I salute the entire team responsible for the success of Agni
V. Folks, keep up the good work. Every Indian salutes you.
We are extremely proud of your invaluable contribution.
Cough up or quit
While most Diaspora Indians are basking under the glori-
ous sun of American economy and getting rich by investing
their money in Indian banks that give 10 percent interest as
compared to 2 percent in American banks, Eduardo Saverin,
the Facebook co-founder, gave up his US citizenship and
moved to Singapore where the taxes are low. He says his
action has nothing against the US, but against its complicat-
ed rules on citizens holding money overseas.
It’s true many US expatriates complain that American
rules are making life more difficult for them. Those include
the US tax system’s global reach in foreign bank account
reporting rules; and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance
Act, which requires foreign financial institutions to start