The Covid pandemic is shooting its bullets at the entire nation, but the doctors are wearing an armor called ‘duty’ to save and not care about their own survival.
1st July is celebrated as ‘National Doctors’ Day’ in India.
True, we shouldn’t just celebrate doctors’ days once a year; they should be observed on a daily basis. But, at the very least, we should wish it passionately and go to the local doctor’s house and tell them how wonderful they are! Well, that’s how birthdays are!
Talking of birthdays, do you know why the national birthday for doctors is celebrated on 1st July? It is the birthday of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy! Also, it is fascinating how he died on 1st July itself at the age of 80 years!
So Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy was a doctor, an educator, a philanthropist, and a politician! He was born in Patna, Bihar, and attended school there as well. The focus then shifted to Calcutta, where he earned his IA (Intermediate Arts, a diploma) at the Presidency College of Calcutta and his BA with honors in Mathematics at Patna University.
We go even deeper and back to Calcutta, where he completed his medical studies at the Calcutta Medical College. Well, if you think it stops here, you’re mistaken… We now show off to London, as Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy went to St. Bartholomew’s hospital, which is a teaching hospital (that gives practical teaching to future and present doctors).
History, on the other hand, screams about Western beliefs and dislike for the Eastern world. He was rejected umpteen number of times by the hospital as he was an Asian! After trying 30 times, he went in!
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy is one of those few people who have got a degree and is a part of both, a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (oldest medical college in London and is the one that sets the classification of diseases at an international level) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (which is more like an association and aims at improving medical studies, etc).
He was so eminent that he had treated Jawaharlal Nehru, M.K. Gandhiji and one of the American presidents!
Dr. Bidhan Chandra, the second president of the Medical Council of India, was a pioneer in establishing the first post-graduate medical college in Kolkata. He also helped establish Chittranjan Seva Sadan Hospital in Kolkata and raised issues about the Hooghly river’s pollution.
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy was also the second Chief Minister of West Bengal and once the governor of Uttar Pradesh. The highlight of all of this is that, despite being in such disparate positions, he regularly attended to his patients and ensured that everything was fine at the end!
Isn’t that really cool??
Today, the Covid pandemic is said to have helped us remember all the things we had and used but never acknowledged, never really aware of, like we are not the stars when the Sun hits! Doctors have been working, putting their lives at a thousand times greater risk than in previous years.
So, at the very least, there is something we can do… Simply call or text your family doctor, or go to a doctor’s neighbor’s house, and say, “Thank you!” and bring flowers and chocolate!
If a small gesture can help them smile, then hey! You too are trying to make this world beautiful!
Happy National Doctors’ day!