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Durga Puja Depicts Doctors As DEMONS, Medical Fraternity cries fowl


Durga Puja Depicts Doctors As DEMONS, Medical Fraternity cries fowl

Kolkata: A clay model resembling a doctor and taking money in the crowd puller Mohammed Ali Park Durga Puja pandal recently triggered protests from the medical fraternity prompting the organisers to put up a notice that the model represents ‘fake doctors’ only.

Medical Practitioners from the state were outraged, when they came across a depiction of clay idol of an ‘asura’ (demon) as a doctor. The marquee of Mohammed Ali Park Durga Puja showcased a demon in the garb of a doctor — with a doctor’s white coat and stethoscope — taking money from patients. The model donning a white apron and a stethoscope had been kept beside ‘mahisasura’, the buffalo demon slain by the goddess.

The depiction immediately drew response from the medical fraternity protesting the maligning of the medical profession in puja decorations. The organisers were quick to respond that the pictures depicted the menace of FAKE doctors and not real doctors .

“Doctors have been assaulted, harassed and insulted enough. Now, this is the last straw. Depicting a doctor as an asura will provoke hatred against them. We demand immediate removal of the idol or we will launch a state-wide agitation,” said one angry medical practitioner to TOI.

Puja committee Chairman Dinesh Bajaj said, “Pictures of the model were taken before we could complete the decoration (leading to the controversy).

The organisers immediately put notice board before the model which read ‘Hatred for fake doctors who are like demons and Respect for the real doctors”, finally to take it off after CM Mamata Bannerjee’s Intervention.

“The Chief Minister called me up to request removal of the model. In accordance with her wish, we are not placing any idol in a doctor’s attire,” said Dinesh Bajaj, later told IANS.

Indian Medical Association (IMA) member Dr Sajal Biswas said, “Durga puja is a festival of harmony where lakhs of people assemble. Such a model will create wrong impression about doctors who share a unique, human bonding with patients.




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  1. user
    RAJESH M BUDDHADEV September 25, 2017, 2:20 pm

    Kolkata, September 23

    A clay model resembling a doctor and taking money in the crowd puller Mohammed Ali Park Durga Puja pandal has triggered protests from the medical fraternity prompting the organisers to put up a notice that the model represents ‘fake doctors’ only.
    Puja committee chairman Dinesh Bajaj said, “Pictures of the model were taken before we could complete the decoration (leading to the controversy).
    “Now we have put up a notice board before the model which reads ‘Hatred for fake doctors who are like demons and Respect for the real doctors.”
    “We would have put up the board beside the model before inauguration, in any case. The same board would be put up in different parts of the park (where the pandal has come up),” Bajaj said.
    The model donning a white apron and a stethoscope has been kept beside ‘mahisasura’, the buffalo demon slain by the goddess.
    Indian Medical Association (IMA) member Dr Sajal Biswas said, “Durga puja is a festival of harmony where lakhs of people assemble. Such a model will create wrong impression about doctors who share a unique, human bonding with patients. We wish the model is removed and necessary action taken.”
    IMA West Bengal unit secretary Santanu Sen said, “It would have been appropriate if the model was removed. The puja committee should also make the issue clear that they are only referring to fake doctors and making a distinction. They should put up hoardings, posters and notices around the puja pandal area to make the distinction.”
    Bajaj, however, said that the issue has been sorted out with the IMA and Medical Council of India that had contacted the organisers to seek assurances that the medical profession would not be maligned in puja decorations.
    The issue also triggered protests in the social network. — PTI

  2. user
    DR RAJESH BUDDHADEV September 25, 2017, 2:13 pm

    22.09.17, Kolkata
    The President
    Md Ali Park Durgapuja Committee
    Kolkata

    Sub: Serious agitation of Doctors Community

    Sir,

    It is very unfortunate to note that you have portrayed Doctors as a symbol of Mahisasur in the idol of your Puja Pandal.

    We think you have forgotten that Medical Profession is the noblest profession and even the members of your Puja Committe do also go to the Doctors only to get cured when they themselves & their near ones become sick.

    As your Puja is a popular one , we think you have tried to build up an Anti Doctor opinion amongst the Society at large intentionally.

    The largest Medical Organisation of the World, Indian Medical Association has taken up the issue very seriously & we demand you should rectify the same & apologise in public in no time, otherwise you get ready for the worst possible consequences as the Medical Fraternity will leave no stone unturned to take all possible measures against you if it is not done by Saturday.

    Hope your good sense will prevail.

    Wish you a good Mental & Physical Health.

    Thanking you,

    Dr Santanu Sen
    State Secy IMA Bengal
    on behalf of
    Team IMA Bengal

    Copy to : 1) Secretary, Puja Committee
    2)OC, Local PS
    3)DCP
    4)Mr Sudip Banerjee,MP
    5)Mrs Smita Bakshi,MLA
    6)Mrs Rehana Khatoon,Local Councillor

  3. user
    DR RAJESH M BUDDHADEV September 25, 2017, 2:22 pm

    RESOLVED NOW

  4. they are joking with doctors

  5. This attitude explains why medical care in WB (incl Kolkata) is in the dumps. Can Kolkata compare with even tier II cities. No. The attitude is lock up the Doctor and throw away the keys. Most richer Bengali\’s head for other places for medical care.