Inviting PraveenTogadia to IMA rally at Delhi condemned

As citizens of the country and members of IMA we have every reason to know why he was invited


Posted By : OnlineDesk

In an open letter to Dr K K Aggarwal the national President of IMA, Dr Arun Mitra and Dr Shakti Kumar Prabhaker have raised serious objections over inviting Parveen Togadia to the Delhi rally of the IMA on 6th June. The rally was held primarily to protest against increasing violence on doctors. Dr Mitra said that Parveen Togadia is neither an office bearer of the IMA nor he is a doctor par excellence whose presence would matter to forward the cause. He is presently a non practicing doctor and international working president of the Vishva Hindu Parishad. He is known for his venomous hate speeches. Dr Mitra and Dr Prabhaker said that a doctor cannot hate any person what to talk of a particular community. If one does that, she/he cannot justify the basic tenets of medical practice. They asked Dr K K Aggarwal to explain why such a person was invited to address the IMA rally.

We actively participated in the  protest against violence on  doctors organized by the   IMA on 6th June 2017 because we are convinced that most of the doctors are sensitive towards their duty of care to the patients, they are compassionate and are truthful in their total approach to the care of the sick and the infirm.  Even though we have strong reservations over certain approaches of the IMA central leadership for example getting support from the pharmaceutical companies for organizing education programmes in lavish manner,  endorsing certain commercial products and also on holding IMA meetings in places like  Pataya in Thailand. As concerned members we had pointed out about these from time to time.  


I, Arun Mitra  have been an active member of the association since early 1980s and was President of the Ludhiana unit and then senior vice president of Punjab state IMA in 2009. Therefore despite the reservations mentioned above we have been involved in the IMA because I feel that this is the premier body of the doctors which carries legacy of eminent persons like Dr A K N Sinha and Dr B C Roy. But we were utterly perturbed to learn that Parveen Togadia was invited to address the rally at Delhi.


Doctors are taught to have patience and provide care within best of our ability to the patients irrespective of caste, creed or community. As doctor we give declaration and pledge that we will consecrate life to the service of humanity. This clearly means that we dedicate ourselves to humanity. Parveen Togadia is well known for venomous hate speeches. When one possesses bias against a particular community how can one justify the commitment to serve all the people in same manner.


Inviting ParveenTogadia to address indicates that either you are ignorant and naive about Togadia's views or you have some ulterior motive.  This act of inviting Togadia has lowered the professional prestige of the organization.


As  citizens of the country and members of IMA we have every reason to know why he was invited to address when he has no locus standi, he is neither any office bearer of the IMA nor he is a doctor of great eminence that his presence will boost the cause of IMA.      


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