Imran Khan bolts; Dolo delinquency; De-extinction science

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Opinion Watch

The political Imran Khan was groomed by the Rawalpindi military elites in Pakistan. His mind had excessively been preoccupied with thoughts about ways to outfox batsmen with outswingers as a fast-bowler. He’s now counting on factions in the Pakistani military to outfox General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The Indian Express in its ‘Imran’s gambit’ Edit has put spotlight on Khan pulling crowds with rallies, winning byelections in Punjab, and rallying support of the people, who just love anything anti-America.

Khan has a plot that America had hatched conspiracy against him that led to his ouster and the installation of the ‘corrupt’ Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The plot is predictably resonating with the people.

Unlike his predecessors, who used to be exiled once they were ordered by Rawalpindi to leave office of the prime minister, Khan remains in Pakistan and is vowing to throw the incumbent ‘proxy’ government.

The daily has run its commentary around the theme that Sharif is pushed to the wall, with failing economy and unpopular decisions to win another round of a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund.

Bajwa is due for retirement in November this year, and Khan certainly seems enjoying support from a section of the Rawalpindi elites.

Whatever that be, the fact doesn’t change that Pakistan is a failed nation, as well as a bogus democracy.

Dolo delinquency      

India was on a Dolo overdose when the second wave of the Covid-19 unleashed devastating trails.

The fever management pill was being prescribed by almost every doctor. Chemists had no other analgesic than Dolo 650.

Now, a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court seeks to bare the doctor-pharmaceutical firm nexus to push such pills.

Dolo delinquency on the parts of doctors in times of health emergency of the pandemic nature brings spotlight on ease at which doctors flout ethics, while taking advantage of the fulsome trust of patients.

The Times of India in its Edit has taken note of the PIL filed by the Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives Association of India on the Dolo 650 prescription mania among doctors.

The daily refers to similar malaise in the US where the medicines for pain managements were being prescribed by doctors under the influence of pharma companies and the subsequent litigations sent such firms to bankruptcies.

Patients cannot be Guinea pigs for the insatiable greed of pharma companies, and the judiciary in India should make an example out of the Dolo delinquency of doctors.

De-extinction science

Science cannot be chained even by moral values. The societal norms evolve with time, and sometimes science make drastic changes in them.

Yet, it’s worth a debate of science should charter into de-extinction territory.

Deccan Herald has in its Edit on the bid of an American company, Colossal Biosciences, to bring back the Tasmanian tiger noted: “The carnivorous animal that had roamed the Australian wilds for centuries and became extinct about 100 years ago may come back from oblivion in a script resembling Jurassic Park.”

The company endeavours to bring the animal back to life through genetic engineering and cloning from the DNA extracted from a 108-year-old specimen kept in Australia’s Victoria Museum, added the daily.

But there are several questions, as had been the case with the film about the dinosaurs such as can the scientists take the roles of gods, the much evolved nature and ecosystem.

Tasmanian Tiger may have been a top predator when they foraged the wild of Australia.

But there is no denying the fact that science arms men to be creators, and possibly efforts may be on solving pressing challenges of humans.

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