KOZHIKODE: Justice R. Basant of the Kerala High Court has said that at a time when fundamental duties enshrined in the Constitution have become subservient to fundamental rights, endeavours rooted in humanism, like providing free medical care for the sick, needed recognition and support.
Justice Basant was speaking after presenting the K.R. Devanand Award, instituted by the Indian Youth Association (IYA), to the Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM) here on Saturday.
The award, in memory of the late K.R. Devanand, IYA’s founder-president and a popular social activist, was received on behalf of the institute by its director Suresh Kumar.
Justice Basant said it was the spirit of humanism that motivated IPM’s doctors, volunteers and paramedical staff’ and that lent their work the touch of true professionalism. Doctors who lacked compassion for the poor were only careerists and could not claim to be professionals, he said. Another fundamental duty laid down in the Constitution was the need for every citizen to strive for excellence in their chosen field of activity. Only when citizens strove for excellence would the nation be able to achieve its social goals, he said.
Justice Basant called upon the young generation to act with a social vision. He rued that in the name of globalisation and liberalisation the youth were being taught to make only profit.Dr. Suresh Kumar said the institute’s activities were guided by the belief that even patients suffering from crippling ailments had the right to live with dignity. IPM had been providing free medical and psychological support to seriously ill patients; it had also launched a project to make those afflicted with crippling diseases to become self-reliant by making and selling handicrafts and other products.
Bijoy Chandran, IYA president; Pramod K. Narayan, IYA secretary; R. Surendran, IYA managing trustee, and Aravind Babu, chairman, Devanand remembrance committee, also spoke.