01 October, 2020

His Medical Bank Lends A Breath Of Life To Those Who Can't Buy It

His Medical Bank Lends A Breath Of Life To Those Who Can't Buy It
HE grew up in secure comfort in North Calcutta, his father was a businessman and the family owned an expansive home in Hatkhola. But that didn't blind D. Ashis to the other side of life. His neighbourhood was ringed by some of the city's most fetid shantytowns. "When you live next door to slums, you do a reality check very early in your life," he says. "I did so, and was horrified at what I discovered." For one, Ashis discovered the appalling state of public health in ghettos where "people dropped dead like flies." He encountered the "sheer callousness" of the citizenry towards the plight of the slum-dwellers. "They died untreated, while people living next door were throwing away unused medicines on the streets." Human misery and callousness have always coexisted famously in our cities.

Though just in their teens then, Ashis and a dozen of his friends began a door-to-door collection drive, picking up excess medicines from neighbours, and distributing them among those who couldn't afford any. Ashis gave his venture a blunt moniker: Medical Bank. They...



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