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Letters to the Editor - January 1, 2019

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Modern icons

Equating our icons with the nation itself was one of the greatest tragedies of India (Editorial page, “The travails of the modern icon”, December 31). No party can claim the exclusive right of owning any freedom fighter; they all happened to be products of our freedom struggle. It is another tragedy that the party that won freedom for India has become a virtual fiefdom of a family. If the Indian National Congress had been disbanded, as advised by Gandhiji, it would have been one of the finest things to have happened to India and its politics.

C.G. Kuriakose,

Kothamangalam, Kerala

There is no doubt that the icons of the independence struggle contributed to the cause of India’s freedom in their own ways. But modern politics has divided these icons on political lines, their differences magnified to further the political agenda of the party concerned. Intellectuals should protect the dignity of our icons from ‘political misuse’.

Balaji Akiri,

Hyderabad

Gandhi and hope

As the writer of the article, “Gandhi and the audacity of hope” (December 29), rightly says, it is the audacity of hope that made Gandhi stand out. Will India understand him or at least remember him in the right manner? In India’s chase of the golden deer (the economy) the nation seems to be overlooking the message of this icon, who is remembered when it is convenient and forgotten when it is expedient.

K.R.A. Narasiah,

Chennai

Blood transfusions

It is sad to know that in Tamil Nadu, a pregnant woman was transfused with suspected HIV-infected blood (Editorial, “HIV reality check”, December 31). A prime reason cited for the transfusion was anaemia in late pregnancy. More than 60% pregnant women in India have this preventable condition. Its common reasons are nutritional deficiency, hookworm infestation and frequent/multiple pregnancies. The primary mode of prevention is to identify vulnerable groups prior to pregnancy and treat them with simple measures such as health education and giving them iron supplementation. The government health system registers all pregnant women with the village health nurse and if haemoglobin is found to be deficient (less than 11 g), treated with oral iron tablets from the third month of pregnancy. Most anaemia is mild to moderate, which can be treated with iron tablets and a single dose of an anti-helminthic tablet. Women intolerant to oral iron may be given iron injections. Blood transfusion is needed in cases of severe anaemia identified late in pregnancy (after 34 weeks), acute blood loss during pregnancy and delivery and cardiac failure due to anaemia. Even after full screening of blood, the recipient is not 100% safe as the donor might have viral infection in a dormant state. There are also other risks. A blood transfusion demands all safety precautions.

Dr. P.R. Reeta Vijaya Selvi,

Vellore, Tamil Nadu

The problem with blood banking in India is a paucity of transfusion medicine specialists or diploma holders trained in this speciality. The easiest solution would be to centralise blood banking activities to regional centres. Blood storage facilities (rather than blood collection and processing) can be made available across hospitals in all small cities and towns that can be managed with staff who are under the direct control of their designated regional blood bank. This is also a system followed in most parts of the world.

Dr. R. Suthanthira Kannan,

Coimbatore

Dream win and year

The Indian cricket team moving into the new year on a bright note is heartening because it not only won the Melbourne Test but also retained the Gavaskar-Border trophy. However, as the show is still on, the comprehensive win has offered a golden opportunity for India to script history on Australian soil. It was Jasprit Bumrah’s mesmerising spell in both innings well supported by Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja that put India on the winning track after Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and debutant Mayank Agarwal put up an impressive total. One looks forward to Sydney.

K.R. Srinivasan,

Secunderabad

A titan falls silent

With the passing away of Mrinal Sen, the remaining leg of the tripod that held up meaningful Bengali/Indian cinema has given way. Sen never shied away from showcasing his political convictions through his films and without compromising on their artistic sensibilities. . In the pantheon of greats, he has an exclusive seat.

Ayyasseri Raveendranath,

Aranmula, Kerala

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