Monday, 19 May 2008


Launched less than a fortnight ago, Sakaal Times has already started plagiarising content for their editorials.
The piece published on page 6 'PERSPECTIVE' of the Sakal Time's May 19 edition has lifted a huge chunk (a little less than half the piece) from an article published on which has been subsequently published on various websites.
Here's the original piece and the link to it. The bold text is the portion that's blatantly lifted by Sakaal Times.
This is not the first time that we have exposed plagiarism in the Sakaal Times. In earlier posts we have cited two instances where editorials in Sakal's Goa edition Gomantak Times were plagiarised.


Editors: Leena V. Gangolli, Ravi Duggal and Abhya Shukla
India pledged along with other WHO member Nations, 'Health for All by the Year 2000' at Alma-Ata in 1978; and in the same year signed the International Covenant for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – Article 12, in which the State is obliged to achieve the highest attainable standard of health. However the health scenario in India is abysmal.
In India, annually 22 lakh infants and children die from preventable illnesses; 1 lakh mothers die during child birth, 5 lakh people die of Tuberculosis. Diarrhoea and Malaria continue to be killers while 5 million people are suffering from HIV/AIDS.
In context of poverty, access to public health systems is critical. However, since 1990s, the public health system has been collapsing and the private health sector has flourished at the cost of the public health sector.
Health policy in India has shifted its focus from being a comprehensive universal healthcare system as defined by the Bhore Committee (1946) to a selective and targeted programme based healthcare policy with the public domain being confined to family planning, immunization, selected disease surveillance and medical education and research.
The larger outpatient care is almost a private health sector monopoly and the hospital sector is increasingly being surrendered to the market. The decline of public investments and expenditures in the health sector since 1992 has further weakened the public health sector thus adversely affecting the poor and other vulnerable sections of society. Introduction of user fees for public health services in many states has further reduced their access to health services.
The time has come to reclaim public health and make a paradigm shift from a policy-based entitlement for healthcare to a rights based entitlement. For this healthcare has to become a political agenda.

If you guys are convinced with what we have written here, call these numbers and remind these guys, that they cannot get away with this shameful practice forever.
Sandeep Bamzai (Editor) -- 020-24405500
Dhananjay Sardeshpande (Resident Editor) --
Derek Almeida (Editor -- Sakal's Goa edition) -- 0832-2422701-05


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