Condemnation of The Lancet’s editorial pours in from several quarters; Medical fraternity writing directly to the Medical Journal

Condemnation for the act of trying to breach the sovereignty of India  – an independent democratic republic by ‘The Lancet’ a reputed Medical journal headquartered in United Kingdom is pouring from all quarters especially the medical fraternity in India.

The lancet in its editorial “Fear and uncertainty around Kashmir’s future” published in ‘Vol 394 August 17, 2019’ has branded the constitutional exercise, a right of every sovereign nation as “controversial.” Claiming “a lock down has been implemented that suspended communication and internet links, and a strict curfew has been imposed,” this medical journal adds this exercise “the protracted exposure to violence has led to a formidable mental health crisis.”

Many displaced Kashmiri Hindus have written to our Media house challenging the mandate of The Lancet to venture into political discourse with bias and hypocrisy.

A displaced Kashmiri Hindu doctor practicing in Haryana Dr. Rajinder K Jalali in a letter directly written to The Lancet and released to media terms the editorial as “unfortunate” saying “an International Medical Journal of global repute has run a political commentary on Kashmir, commented on the internal matter of India and thus committed breach of propriety by touching a political issue.” Adding, “You have no locus standi to comment on action taken in Union of India, and definitely you have come under some influence of those who have malafide intentions against India.”

Challenging the evidence based on which The Lancet has claimed increased anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder Dr. Rajinder K Jalali writes, “I do not know what is the evidence based on which you have made this statement. However, let me tell you that you have forgotten to comment on section of Kashmiri people, mainly Hindus, who were forced to leave their homes in Kashmir valley 30 years back and had to migrate from cool and pleasant climate of Kashmir to hot and humid climate in Jammu and had to live in refugee camps. Many people in these camps were bitten by snakes and died. It is the people in these refugee camps and people who migrated to other parts of India and are suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders and psychosis. For years together, most of us have been suffering from nightmares because of the fact that we had to leave our  homes because of terrorism and killings of our community members. You have not stated even a word about us and our health conditions.”

In another communication to Editor-in Chief, Richard Charles Horton, a renowed socio-political activist Ashok Manvati who has served pharma industry for nearly 40 years has written, “The article is as arrogant & uncalled for as the publically perceived ethics of Medical Profession world-vide today, adding, “We have often quoted reports from LANCET with an assured conviction and pride, with a firm belief that LANCET is above the interests of economics & politics; purely scientific and ethical.”

“As the theories widely float now that trillion dollar industry promotes its vested interests through so called ethical modes, the recent issue of LANCET in reference above, has perhaps added credence to it. Otherwise why shall a purely scientific journal write about a purely political matter?”

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