Organ donation as service to society

By Virag Pachpore

“The sole purpose of human life is to serve and to show kindness and the will to help others”

Nagpur, July 25: “Those people only live who live not for their own self but for the welfare of others”, so goes the famous adage. But there are very few who imbibe the spirit of this saying and lead the society by their own example. Our history is replete with umpteen such examples of individuals who have lighted the path of the posterity by the benevolent light of their sacrifice, devotion and service to the needy. But in the modern times of materialism and consumerism such examples have become a rarity. Dr Kishor Mohril, is one such rare personality to join this most exalted class in the present times.

A pathologist by profession, Dr KIshor Mohril and his better half Dr Lata are in their mid-sixties now. Coming from a middle class background both have led a contended life. “We have led a fairly good and normal life so far”, Dr Mohril shared his feelings adding “we have earned enough to sustain ourselves and our family”.

But somewhere there was a churning of emotions and ideas constantly going on in his heart. “I’ve an intuition that I should do something for the society”, the 64-year old doctor said. He shared his ideas with his wife Dr Lata and she too agreed to “my idea of repaying the social debt”. Suddenly, Dr Kishor hit upon the idea of donating his kidney to a needy patient.

“We both discussed the idea in detail. I am a diabetic and living comfortably with it for the past 22 years. We both agreed to the proposal. We also decided that either of us will donate kidney first to the needy patient with whom it matches”, Dr Kishor and Dr Lata said.

The Mohrils also discussed this idea with some of their doctor friends. “I told them to find out any such needy patient”, but initially there was no expected response”.

Kidney donation or for that matter organ donation is still mired in the thick of dogmas and social taboos. Even people are reluctant to donate blood which is comparatively easier. In our country of 125 crore, 500,000 die every year due to non-availability of organs. Out of them 150,000 people wait a kidney transplant but only 5,000 get one.

On a national level the statistic of organ donors is very poor as compared to other countries. In India this average is just 0.08 persons per million population (PMP) which is incredibly small and insignificant number as compared to the world average.

And Dr KIshor Mohril is one amongst tis miniscule minority of organ donors!

After a considerable search for a suitable recipient he found one in Neha Pande, a resident of Shivajinagar, who was suffering from kidney failure. She could get a new lease of life only if someone donated kidney to her. And here came Dr Mohril as if he was Godsend for her.

The operation took place on June 17, 2014 at Dr Sanjay Kolte’s hospital. But before that Dr Kishor Mohril had to clear all the screening tests and complete the legal procedure. “I was not aware of the stringent legal aspects associated with the donation of my kidney.” They asked me again and again to ascertain whether any monetary favours were involved, he said adding that he had to make them understand with great efforts that he was willingly donating the kidney and no such favours were involved in this.

Was he not risking his life? “No. After the initial care I am feeling better and resuming my routine life”, he said. And he is supported by a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which mentioned that living kidney donors live as long or longer and enjoy better quality of life that the general population. It is the first study to follow on 3698 donors, some of whom have donated kidneys as early as 1963! The study mentioned that only 11 of out of 3698 developed severe kidney problems.

You can donate your kidney for your loved ones who have chronic kidney problems. But you can derive immense satisfaction by voluntarily donating your kidney and feel the ultimate joy. When I talked to Dr Kishor Mohril at his artistically decorated house, his face reverberated this ultimate joy and satisfaction.

How did his family members perceive this novel but risky idea? Said Dr Lata: “We have had lots of discussions on this issue. And I too felt like following him. We have decided to do something for the society and considered that this could be the best way of fulfilling our commitment to the society”.

“But I was not in favour of this”, said their son Gautam who is also a doctor. “Considering his age, his diabetes, (though under control) I did initially oppose his idea. His wife Anuya, a lecturer in an engineering college in the city, also echoed his views. “But seeing his determination and resolve, we gave in”, they confessed. “Now we feel happy and elated at his idea. His nephew Manjeet too voiced similar views. “I am so proud of my uncle, for he saved a life by voluntarily donating his kidney. He is simply great!”

Dr Kishor’s brother Kiran also reacted in a similar way. “I was aware of his decision, but came to know about it only when Kishore telephoned me from the hospital”, he said. Kiran has also pledged to donate his body to the medical college.

The girl whose life is saved is recuperating fast. For her and her family members Dr Kishor came as Godsend donor and saviour.

Organ donation is difficult and to donate voluntarily when life is going on smoothly is all the more difficult. But Dr Kishor and his wife Dr Lata and all their family members accomplished this mission.

Today, this ‘common man’ who accomplished a very ‘uncommon feat’ is healthy and twice happy. Not only is he leading a normal life but deep inside him, he experiences the bliss, the eternal joy of having given a life…a job only God can perform.

Source : Newbharati

A Unique Village in Jharkhand with 100% literacy and Zero Crime Rate

The village named Chetar (Ramgadh district, Jharkhand) sets an amazing example for the rest of the country. Since Independence not a single police case has been filed from this village in any of the police stations around. This tiny village having population of around 1000 people has around 35 teachers. Any local issues that crop up in the village are resolved in the village Panchayat. All the villagers respectfully abide to the Panchayat decisions which are always taken with general agreement of all the people. For the fine collected from those found guilty is kept in a joint account and used for the public affairs of the village or helping the less fortunate ones (like bearing the cost of marrying daughters of the poor).

The village is now coming forward as an ideal role model with techniques to be adopted at other places. This is creating general interest in academicians as well. Recently a team of students from Saint Zavier’s College of Ranchi and one of the institutions in London visited the village to study their model. Though it is little bit off from Ramgadh district headquarters, the roads are developed enough for a four wheeler to pass through with ease. There are no pot holes anywhere and the drainage system of the village runs completely underground. The youth of the village take turns to keep the surroundings cleaned and tidy.

The village is alcohol free. No villager ever drinks alcohol, be it a festive occasion or something stressful happening in their lives. The villagers belonging to wide range of castes, including Mahato, Munda, Bediya, Karmali, Muslims, Thakur, Kumbhar; stay together as a family. The people of this village even actively participated in freedom movement against the Britishers, said 80 year old Tularam Mehato.

Even the Police officer Ranjit Kumar Prasad has high regards for the people of Chetar village. He is full of appreciation for them as all the issues are solved in the Panchayat amicably and the village has done a commendable job of not having any crime record against them post-Independence.

Translated from Hindi to English by Smt.Nipa Shah

Original news item in Hindi by Sri Rajesh Patel

Chetar - gram vikaas

Ramayana and Mahabharata – History and not myths

The new chairman of ICHR argues that faith and reason can go hand in hand in the writing of history.


The media describes him as an RSS man and the author of the Mahabharata Project, but very little is known about the mild-mannered historian from Telangana in academic circles.Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, the new chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), describes himself as a colonial historian and argues that faith and reason can go hand in hand in the writing of history.

You have lashed out against Marxist historians and their interpretation of history. Why is the writing of history a Right vs Left debate?

I think it is time to think about India’s history from an Indian perspective. For the last 60 years, our writing and understanding of history has been influenced by the West. Indian research has been far too dependent on the West to write its own history. We are dependent on their translations and interpretation. And, these are my personal views, history writing in India is Euro-centric and imperialistic. The ICHR, I understand, is in the process of acquiring digital records from centres of history in the US and Europe. This will not only give us access to our own records but will also aid us in writing history from our perspective.

You have been appointed by the BJP government. Don’t you think institutions such as the ICHR should be free of politics?

The MoU (memorandum of understanding) prepared by the founding fathers of ICHR gave the powers to the government to appoint heads of social and historical institutes. I have no qualms in admitting that these appointments are political. Have previous heads of social institutes been questioned about their appointments? Why are these questions asked only about me? The government has been formed by a democratic process. It has been elected by the people. To question that is to question democracy itself. Unlike other social institutes, the ICHR attracts a lot of attention because history is an important subject. But history belongs to the people. We have not shown or written a comprehensive history of India to the people of India. History is by the people, for the people and of the people.

You are the author of the Mahabharata project? What is the project about?

There is a certain view that the Mahabharata or the Ramayana are myths. I don’t see them as myths because they were written at a certain point of time in history. They are important sources of information in the way we write history. What we write today may become an important source of information for the fut­ure in the future. When analysed, of course, they could be declared to be true or false. History is not static. It belongs to the people, it’s made by the people. Similarly, the Ram­ayana is true for people…it’s in the collective memory of generations of Indians. We can’t say the Ramayana or the Mahabharata are myths. Myths are from a western perspective.

What does that mean?

For us, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are true accounts of the periods in which they were written.

But shouldn’t the writing of history be rooted in historical evidence and research?

Western schools of thought look at material evidence of history. We can’t produce material evidence for everything. India is a continuing civilisation. To look for evidence would mean digging right though the hearts of villages and displacing people. We only have to look at the people to figure out the similarities in their lives and the depiction in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. For instance, the Ramayana mentions that Rama had travelled to Bhad­ra­chalam (in Andhra Pradesh). A look at the people and the fact that his having lived there for a while is in the collective memory of the people cannot be discounted in the search for material evidence. In continuing civilisations such as ours, the writing of history cannot depend only on archaeological evidence. We have to depend on folklore too.

Are you for correcting the writing of history?

I won’t put it that way. But real history has to come through. I am a follower of truth. The ICHR should encourage research about India and Greater India—from Southeast Asia all the way to Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. There is enough archaeological evidence to show the connect of our civilisation there.

What is your view on Ayodhya?

Is it not a fact that mosques as structures came to be in India in 1000 AD? Is it not a fact that the mosque was built by a lieutenant of Babur? A historian can only enlighten people on the facts of history. Historians can at best say evidence of earlier remains of a Hindu structure are there. Conflicting views are created by political leaders. If Ayodhya is not the place of Ram, where did he live? Looking at the present structures in Ayodhya, we can see people still living the way that finds a mention in the Ramayana. Historians can only give their opinion to enlighten people.

Doesn’t correcting history pose a problem? Why only cast it in the context of two communities? How about Dalits and untouchability?

The question of untouchability is relatively recent, as recent as 3,000 years. And it has its basis in the economy. It was not based on social status. Did we hear of untouchability before this period of 3,000 years? Let me give you an example. Sage Vishwamitra went to a Dalit hut and asked for dog’s meat as he was hungry. The Ramayana and Mahabharata are replete with instances of different castes, did we find a mention of untouchability there?

As a historian, are you trying to give a religious interpretation to history?

I am a Hindu and a Brahmin. To be a Hindu isn’t a religion. In my personal practices, I can adopt religious practices of the community to which I belong—as a Shaivite or a Vaishnavite. But that is not what being a Hindu is about. Reli­gi­ons are recent manifestations. I feel the­re’s only Sanatana Dharma. There was no conflict between communities or on religious lines as there was only one sanatana dharma. Now there are several reasons for conflict to take place. Besides, Muslims are the only ones who have retained their distinct culture. Can Christians or Muslims say all religions are one? A Hindu can say that. There was no conflict when there was sanatana dharma, Conflict or contests came about when temples were destroyed and mosques built on the sites in medieval times.

Didn’t Hindus destroy Buddhist monuments?

I agree. But Buddhism was on the wane then, in decline. But were thousands of people killed as they were in the raids to the Somnath temple? I won’t use the word corrections here. But the real history has to come up

India a sinful country for ISIS recruits

These lines seem from a fiction thriller. Sadly, they aren’t fiction.

“I do not want to live in this sinful country; the sun is setting on our backyard. It is time to take that greatest journey and migrate to the land of Allah.”

“The time has come and may we all meet in paradise. I cannot live in this country; I am moved to tears watching all of you live a luxurious life style, watching TV, listening to music…”

These are lines from the letters written by Arif Fayaz and Fahad Shaikh. Till yesterday, they were among the lakhs of ordinary residents of Kalyan in Maharashtra. Today, they have left Kalyan to seek what they believe is their true kalyan.

Fayaz and Shaikh are now global jihadis. They’ve left their homes for Iraq. Reason? They’ve decided that they must join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or the ISIS.

Naturally, Arif Fayaz’s and Fahad Shaikh’s families are a shocked and broken lot today. The boys were engineering students, in their early twenties. Also, these are no ramshackle families, but reasonably middle class households of doctors. Both boys’ disappearance was known only after one of the parents discovered a chilling note, which told their families about their sudden inspiration and departure for a cause that has only one end — death.

The distraught parents have filed complaints about their missing boys with the Kalyan police. They have also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, seeking their help. Till yesterday, their boys were bright students, and the parents hoped they would complete their studies and acquire decent jobs.

That was yesterday.

The parents still cannot believe what has hit them. They are shell-shocked, unable to even understand what brought about this change in their kids. Far from being the archetypal Islamic fanatics, Fayaz and Shaikh weren’t even religious, leave alone fanatical, the parents have stated in their complaint.

The tragic cases of Arif Fayaz and Fahad Shaikh bring to the fore the growing threat of religious indoctrination of Muslims in India. The Internet and its reach has only made the task easier. The ISIS is the latest and according to global terrorism experts and watchers, the deadliest among worldwide Islamic terrorist outfits. It has been waging a war against the Iraqi government with a declared intent of overthrowing it to establish a full-fledged Islamic Caliphate on the lines of the 7th century Islamic rule of the religion’s founder Prophet Mohammad. The ISIS has, in fact taken the towns of Tikrit and Mosul from Iraqi government forces and its self-styled Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has already declared the areas under ISIS control to be the Islamic world’s new Caliphate.

Of particular concern to intelligence agencies is the growing radicalization of Muslim youths, which includes the Indian subcontinent. In recent years, the Wahhabi sect of Islam has gained increasing traction in the Muslim world. Wahhabism propagates intolerant Islamic zealotry, which enjoins all Muslims to wage unrelenting war upon all non-Muslims in the world. It also exhorts Muslims to totally reject all forms of modern civilization and embrace the strict puritanical Islamic living.

More worrying is the fact that an increasing number of young Muslims, including those in India, have begun believing this to be the only way to “clean up” the world. Kalyan’s Arif Fayaz came under the Wahhabi spell sometime back. He would object to the way his parents brought up his sister. “She watches lewd content on television and listens to music. On television, they show people smoking and dancing, and you watch that all day instead of praying. All this will lead you to burn in hell. I have to go and cleanse up the world,” he wrote in the letter to his parents.

The young wannabe jihadis men reportedly saved money over the past year and then left for Iraq on their own expense. The Intelligence Bureau has confirmed that Fayaz and Shaikh are fighting near Fallujah which is close to the Iraqi capital Baghdad. How good they are as fighters, is an entirely different question, but for the ISIS only numbers matter. For the latest Islamic Caliph, Muslims coming from various nations to join in his jihad, irrespective of their utility in the battlefield, is an Islamic boost of sorts, as having Muslims from different parts of the world strengthens the ISIS.

For the parents of Arif Fayaz and Fahad Shaikh, their world has collapsed in the gunfire and explosions ripping apart Fallujah, a land so distant from their homes. Sadly, there may be more families like theirs who might be fated to see their boys disappear, only to join the one-way trip to jannat.