The Fall of a Noble Profession

It is long since that business interests have occupied the service activities in India. The profession of a doctor or a teacher is no more considered as a noble one. Both are accepted to be indispensible to the society; yet the Indian society is so ingenious to allow business interests and tactics enter into these once considered honorable professions. 

This week’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’ of Aamir Khan discussed the malaise that had entered into the medical profession and how the rich are robbed by the private hospitals and doctors and how the underprivileged are harassed by the exorbitant medical expenses. 

The ethics of the profession to serve the people have taken a back seat today because a medical college seat costs around fifty to sixty lakhs of rupees. It was surprising that Aamir Khan feigned shock when the young crowd in one voice screamed that it has to be paid in cash and not by cheque

The glorified term ‘commission’ for ‘bribe’ with the testing laboratories, the medical representatives and the pharma companies were brought to light in no uncertain terms. But, what is the solution? In Rajasthan they have opened ‘generic’ medical outfits to sell medicines at the production costs to the people. The doctors’ amorality had already been discussed in his first episode ‘Female Foeticide’. 

I find nothing special in this discussion because most of the misgivings are well known. Unless the Indian attitude and mentality changes such illness could not be eradicated. ‘Greed’ or ‘Avarice’ is the major virus which has been eating the Indian population transcending all barriers. Unless, that goes away and the lust for pelf diminishes and the criminals are properly punished, we cannot dream of a better society where everyone will get the minimum needs. 

India should have been like this since long. Otherwise why in 9th century itself Adi Sankara wrote 

‘Arthamanartham Bhaavaya Nityam
Naasti Tatah Sukhlesah Satyam
Putraadapi Dhanabhaajaam Bheetih 
Sarvatraishaa Vihitaa Reetih’  

in his famous ‘Bhaja Govindam’ conveying ‘Wealth is calamitous, thus reflect constantly; the truth is that there is no happiness at all to be got from it. To the rich, there is fear even from his own son. This is the way of wealth everywhere. So seek Govind.’

When Adi Sankara had felt that during that time itself what one can expect in the 21st century where the material and business interests are plenty for every individual and that too in India?   


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Comment Swaminathan established the Nuclear Research Laboratory (NRL) at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI). He played a role in and promoting the setting up of the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India; the International Board for Plant Genetic Resources (IBPGR) (now known as Bioversity International ) in Italy and the International Council for Research in Agro-Forestry (ICRAF) in Kenya. He helped to build and develop a number of institutions, and provide research support, in China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran and Cambodia.

29-Jan-2022 13:16 PM

Comment Absolutely, now a days the profession whether teaching, doctor or an advocate has lost its sheen as the people have lost faith in all the three as they are subjected to hardship by these professionals to satisfy their monetary and material needs

s. manju
17-Aug-2014 09:13 AM

Comment I agree with Mr. Swaminathan that there was nothing new in what Amir Khan projects about medical practices in India. Medical studies are expensive in all major countries and so does the health services. In the USA a Senior citizen pays around $500/- (Rs 25000) every month towards his health insurance besides the cost of medicines and some consultation fees whenever he meets the doctor.The show is nothing more than a TV show. Aamir Khan cannot fathom what happens to the rural people in India. He is just shedding crocodile tears.

Suresh Mandan
29-May-2012 16:29 PM

Comment Problems , no problems.
India's greatest enemies have been over population, pollution,and corruption.
One solution >>free and good education by motivated teachers who are
paid by government.

Pranlal Sheth
28-May-2012 04:38 AM

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