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Vijayaraghavan Padmanabhan is Physician by occupation, married and has two children. Former Professor of Medicine, Madras Medical College. Based in Chennai, India.
His interests include Spirituality, Politics, Economics and Medicine.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 2, 2020 The Global Need: Moving from the 'self' to the 'Self'
When the Covid-19 pandemic ends, the world need not be worse off, with existing conflicts, divisions and inequalities further aggravated. Though untold misery may be gone through, humanity as a whole can become strengthened from within, if it moves towards becoming more 'Self-centered', instead of remaining 'self-centered'.
SHARE Monday, May 18, 2020 An Opportunity for Health-Oriented Development
Resumption of activity after several weeks of lockdown has been proceeding in a stepwise manner, though out of compulsion, providing understanding of what is essential and what is relatively non-essential for the society as a whole. The supply of food, water and basic health services form the core needs of any society. Gainful employment, transport and education form the next important needs.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 11, 2020 Coming out of this Pandemic requires a Global Reset
Science and technology can develop the vaccine that is urgently needed. But the underlying predisposing causes require a holistic approach at the global level. A new psycho-socio-politico-economic system that is based on cooperation and understanding and which helps to promote the human quality of 'concern for all' instead of ruthless competition, needs to be put in place.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Understanding the Pandemic as an Imbalance of Human Tendencies
Gross imbalance of the three tendencies predisposes the human society as a whole to suffer from diseases. A violent mindset and excessive sensory indulgence are rampant while the serene tendency is very much subdued in the present times. Diseases being nature's way of restoring the balance between tendencies, Covid-19 seems to be nature's answer to set right the grossly imbalanced human tendencies at the global level.
SHARE Thursday, February 27, 2020 An Appeal to Mr. Narendra Modi
The CAA subtly discriminates people on the basis of religion, when the mindset of most people has transcended religion, and is either secular or spiritual. When India is well on the path of becoming a model for other nations to follow, we find that we are into something that is quite the opposite.
SHARE Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Quantum View of Medicine and its Implications
There is a need for a common and coherent model to understand and assimilate the differing philosophical approaches of conventional and alternative medicine. The quantum view of medicine, by visualising 'quanta' of these three 'Eras', gives a rational basis to comprehend all three.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 4, 2017 Intuitive Medicine
Any new discovery is first 'intuitive' for the discoverer but later is put to test and accepted, based on 'evidence'. Intuition precedes logic. 'Knowledge' is acquired when the understanding is 'meaningful', whether by intuition or logic. The present tendency to glorify logic at the expense of intuition smothers creativity, makes the academic approach mechanical and reduces learning to mere acquisition of recorded information.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Ensuring the Success of The Bold Move
Instead of going in for a predominantly monetary approach, had the Govt. gone in for a more sensitive psychological cum monetary approach, the way things have unfolded in the on-going demonetization process could have been different. The goodwill of the people towards the 'bold move' should not be dissipated by going overboard in the name of demonetization.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 10, 2016 Fixing the Basic flaw in Medical Education and Health Care
The incomplete and ignorant notion of Medicine that is widely prevalent not only complicates management by making its application mechanical but also results in Medicine being taught in a mechanical manner based on a curriculum that is built mainly on body medicine. Inappropriate glorification of body medicine encourages unnecessary investigations, escalates cost and allows third parties to take control.
(29 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 14, 2014 Holding the Hand of God
A great man said that 'We are playing into the hands of evil because we refuse to hold the hand of God'.
SHARE Monday, June 30, 2014 Mr. Narendra Modi and the Economy
If Mr Narendra Modi wants to keep his promise to eliminate poverty and work for economic revival of the nation as a whole, two things are needed: Strong leadership uninfluenced by forces that paint a gloomy picture of the economy and sound economic practice of not ignoring selectively, the basic need for 'animal spirits' for economic activity wherever it is needed.
(13 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 8, 2014 The Phenomenon of Aam Aadmi Party
The common man-oriented approach by the AAP has raised hopes of a new refreshing kind of politics. However there are two fundamental drawbacks in the way our representatives get elected and function that would add up in time and pose a threat to people-oriented governance by even the party with the best intentions.
SHARE Sunday, September 15, 2013 Real Growth as against Apparent Growth
Every successful and sustained material growth story has a hidden spiritual growth story behind it. The foundation or real growth is the spiritual growth. Material growth is only a shadow cast by the real growth. Most people including the governments and the world at large mistake the shadow (material) as real and the real (spiritual) growth as the shadow. The world at large is caught in a delusion.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Understanding Human Nature and Tapping the Best Out Of It
If humanity is to overcome the present crisis of self-centeredness that is overwhelming the best of human nature, it cannot limit itself to thinking in terms of "good" and "bad" or "right" and "wrong." Only by thinking in terms of an imbalance of human tendencies, and trying to restore the balance intelligently, can humanity transcend self-centeredness at all levels and arrest the downhill course in which it now finds itself.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 18, 2012 The Myth of Economic Growth (GDP growth)
After 20 years of "Misery" rate of growth, the Indian policy makers are still fond of GDP and talk of maintaining it at a high level. They feel safer chasing the mirage of well-being that economic growth (GDP growth) seems to promise. The materialistic way of life perpetuated by "GDP growth model" has fallen into disrepute and it is a question of time before a sensible alternative to GDP, like the GNH, is politically accepted.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 15, 2011 The Anachronism of GDP growth rate
If one takes a total view of China's economy, it may be seen to be predominantly a case of economic wellness with neglect of other aspects of wellness especially political wellness. It is a question of time before China realizes that it is lagging behind in crucial aspects of wellness needed for the kind of development that leads to human well-being and fulfillment.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 6, 2010 The Need for a New Economic Vision
Though this article is largely a repetition of my earlier article, it reemphasizes the causes of a global phenomenon: the perpetual poverty in rural areas and the growing rich-poor divide.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 31, 2010 TAPPING OUR SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE
Facilitating the expression of 'conscience' within each one of us through an appropriate political mechanism and integrating it with our day-to-day lives should naturally usher in peace at the local, national and global levels.