IN ONE WEEK, INDIAN PRESIDENT TWICE SNUBS HINDUTVA MOTOR MOUTHS
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM — President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Friday lauded Kerala for its exemplary performance in the public health sector and thus effectively deflated the tall claim of BJP’s firebrand leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who had recently said that Kerala should learn how to run hospitals from his state. The President also praised the southern state for setting an example for the country by achieving total literacy.
Addressing a gathering at the launch of Technocity project here, President Kovind said: “This is a state with an appreciable track record in public health and education, and is a front-runner in our country’s quest to achieve total literacy.”
He heaped praise on Kerala for its healthcare expertise.
“In healthcare, Kerala has long been known for its expertise in traditional healing systems such as Ayurveda. Kerala has also carved an identity for itself with the skills and diligence of its health-care providers.”
Going further he said that without health workers from Kerala, no hospital or medical centre in the country can function properly.
“Hospitals and medical centres across the country – and in many other countries as well – simply cannot function without the ever smiling and ever attentive “Sisters from Kerala”. In nursing, hospital and medical services and care for the sick and the aged, health-care workers from Kerala, both men and women, are internationally sought after,” said the President.
President Kovind’s open-heart praise for Kerala’s healthcare expertise must not be pleasing for the ears of Yogi Adityanath.
During BJP’s Jan Raksha Yatra in Kerala in the first week of October, Yogi, then in the line of fire for the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, had asked the CPM-led Kerala government to learn how to run hospitals from UP.
This is the second time in one week that President’s remarks have metaphorically slapped the motor-mouths of BJP.
On Wednesday (25th Oct), while addressing the joint session of the Karnataka Assembly to mark the diamond jubilee celebrations of Vidhan Soudha, the state legislative building, President Kovind had praised Tipu Sultan, just days after a cabinet colleague of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had bad-mouthed the Tiger of Mysore.
“Tipu Sultan died a heroic death fighting the British. He was also a pioneer in the development and use of Mysore rockets in warfare. This technology was later adopted by the Europeans,” President had said in his speech.
Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde, while rejecting the invitation to the state Congress
government’s Tipu Jayanti event, had called Tipu a “brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist”.