24 Letters

posted Aug 14, 2018, 8:28 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 14, 2018, 8:28 AM ]

Media Cell needed

Sir, The Church, along with other Christian organisations, has been generally lax in countering the negative propaganda unleashed by anti-Christian forces. Therefore, there are many who believe the half-truths and lies peddled by these forces. This must change. In the Hindustan Times dated August 8, M. Vaidya, an important RSS functionary, while refuting Tharoor's 'Hindu Pakistan' comment, writes "Several leaders of the Congress party, perhaps supported by the Evangelical Church and influenced... hurt the very identity and glory of Bharat." >>>


Saving the girl child…

Sir, Women being raped 'left, right and centre': SC expresses concern after Bihar shelter home rapes - screamed the headlines of newspapers. A desperate cry, coming from the highest court in the land. Isn't this enough for alarm bells to ring?

The reports say that a bench comprising Justices M B Lokur, Deepak Gupta and K M Joseph pulled up the Bihar government for funding an NGO which ran the shelter home in Muzaffarpur where girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused. This is the situation across the country. Rapes continue to happen all across the country, whether in a shelter home or in the streets.


Union of Altar Servers

Sir, On July 31, 2018, Pope Francis met with more than 60,000 youth, ages 13-23, during the 12th international pilgrimage of altar boys and girls, conducted by the International Union of Altar Servers. The theme: "Seek peace and pursue it" (Romans 14:19). Some excerpts from Pope Francis' speech:

"Everybody is called to pursue sainthood, through living the 'Works of Mercy'; although it is not for the weak of heart. This way of holiness, I repeat, is not for the lazy! To learn the 'Works of Mercy', it is not necessary to go to University or to obtain a degree. It is rather, to encounter Jesus in prayer, at Mass, through Scripture, in Eucharistic Adoration, in the poor, and meeting the needs of our neighbour, by living the love of Christ!"


Rani Hong: Slave to Activist!

Sir, The tentacles of 'human trafficking' have stretched across the globe: 21 million are victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation, of which 60% are women and children. It generates $32 billion annually.

Rani Hong is a survivor of child trafficking, who has now become a leading activist in the fight against modern-day slavery. She was seven years old, when forcibly taken from her home in Kerala. Recently, she was awarded India's 'Woman of the Year 2018'! She was interviewed on July 30, 2018, by the National Catholic Register; marking the fifth annual World Day against Human Trafficking!


Medicines for all

Sir, A strip of 10 capsules for my gastro-intestinal problem costs Rs 120. Each capsule contains 2 generic drugs viz., Rabeprazole 20 mg and Domperidone 30 mg. Recently a Jan Aushadhi Store (JAS) selling generic medicines opened in my neighbourhood. I visited the store and found people handing strips of branded medicines to the pharmacist who gave them the equivalent in generic medicines. So I gave my strip of capsules to the pharmacist, who gave me a strip of 10 capsules having the same potency viz. Rabeprazole 20mg and Domperidone 30mg. for just Rs 14! Over 600 generic medicines are currently available in various potencies and combinations at the stores. They cost a fraction of the branded versions. These medicines are packaged, labelled and certified just like other branded medicines.

Generic medicines contain the 'active ingredients' in tablets and other medicines that we normally consume. They are inexpensive. However, pharmaceutical firms 'garnished' them with additives having little therapeutic value, and then sell the medicines under their brand name, hiking the price several times over. Thus, a strip of tablets purchased for Rs 100 may actually cost just Rs 10-20.