THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A Kerala doctor has commented in his blog that he would rather see his child choose any profession, including that of a pole dancer, than follow in his footsteps. In his blog post titled, 'Why I will never allow my child to become a doctor in India', Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan, an anaesthesiologist, offers plenty of reasons in commandments with titles like "Thou shalt sacrifice your time, parents, spouse and child". It has gone viral.
He goes on to write, "I wish it were JUST about losing your family life, working twice the allotted hours and taking home the pitiably disproportionate salary though. But sadly, it isn't even that anymore. Now, it is about getting home in one piece. From stopping patients from dying, the medical field is now being forced to worry about not being killed by the patients’ bystanders."
The blog posted on May 15 has gone viral on social media, shared nearly 20,000 times on Facebook. "Are you willing to die for your profession?" he asks, citing "The Indian Medical Association confirmed in May 2015 that over 75% of the doctors in India have faced some form of violence at the patient's hands in India.
He ends like this, "You will have every opportunity to choose whether you want to retain your religion or change it ...you will have every opportunity to choose the love of your life irrespective of caste, creed or even gender...you can be a wildlife photographer trekking through the Amazons or dance the poles at Las Vegas. But I will never allow you to become a doctor in India. Because I did not raise my child for two decades just to watch her lose her sense of right and wrong, of humanity or worse, watch her die. And I don't mean just physically."