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Monday, July 2, 2012

TUTH: The tragic drama with hoax and irony

 As things stand, the problems at TUTH Maharajgunj seem to only multiply with time. The message that the VC office had acted on popular demand by sacking the incumbent Dean of TUTH turned out to be hoax. Instead the TU office-bearers, the eternal slaves of politicians, appear more determined now than ever to have their way in the process of choosing the new officials at TUTH.

The agitators over here have now two bitter pills to swallow: first, the realization that they were merely befooled by the VC office by creating a so-called 'Search Committee' and there was no genuine concern on part of the TU officials towards any reasonable settlement to salvage the institution. Second, the letter from supreme court in which the leaders of agitating professional bodies are summoned to reply why they violated the earlier court order not to obstruct health services at hospital.

Even though the formal program of the agitating side (led by TU Professor's Association and Faculty Doctor's Association and supported by National Resident Doctor's Association and Free Student's Union) is not yet out, they face a challenging moment ahead: suspend the protests and be witness of relentless degradation of institution at the hand of puppets of politicos or  engage in a uphill battle of defying the supreme court by going for strike and face the consequences. 

As I have mentioned earlier too, the smear campaign against the protest programs is also on full swing with about a dozen out of countless organizations in the institution having had already declared their intention to disobey the protest programs. In a combined release, they have gone as far as accusing the protesters of shutting the institution so that the patients can be diverted to private hospitals and nursing homes. 

All this makes the issue of shutting down even some of the services of the hospital a exceedingly sensitive thing. Yet events over past six months have clearly shown that no other means of protest is going to make any difference to the status quo. It is highly likely that the agitators would soon announce the protest including some form of hospital closure that is sure to draw the ire of people from many quarters including from the general public and civil society. With some people from inside the institution ready to grab the moment for their own vested interests, the challenges are manifold. 

For any of the upcoming protest to succeed, the support base should be as broad as possible and the information about the need of so drastic measures like hospital closure should be disseminated well. In this regard solidarity of national professional bodies like NMA is also equally important. Once the formal programs are out, things will be clearer than now. Yet the end of all this is hard to predict. 

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