It is the desire and the effort of every conference organizing team to arrange an outstanding conference, which the delegates remember for a very long time. In order to achieve this objective they try to chart out an outstanding academic programme, cater delicious food and ensure a comfortable stay. And as if that was not enough, they invariably offer something to carry back home with us – a gift, a memento or a souvenir. I am sure you all have heaps of them lying everywhere in your clinic and home, being used as door-stoppers or your child’s play things. Yes, in the last thirty years I have received some useful gifts too – a camera bag, an umbrella, a silver letter opener, but the rest of the stuff is simply forgettable.
So I asked myself, what is that gift which has never been given till date in any conference and which each and every delegate will cherish throughout his/her life? What is that gift which the delegates will personally use and remember the conference every time they see it? What is that gift which every person will feel proud to possess and not give it to his/her clinic assistant or driver? And the answer is obvious, and I wonder why no one has thought about it so far! Friends, it is our National Flag! A tricolor with a collapsible flag post is the best conference gift which I have never received!
Every Indian should have his/her own national flag, which he/she should hoist on his rooftop or in his garden with his entire family in attendance on our Republic Day and Independence Day. By choosing the tricolor as a conference gift your Association will show the beacon of patriotism to all other medical and surgical associations, both in State and National level, and very soon all other associations will follow suit. Imagine how many extra rooftops will have the fluttering tricolor on the Republic Day of 2017! I am not only passing on this idea to our Association but also to all the sub-speciality associations like NABI, IAAPS, ISRM, etc and the Association of Surgeons of India. I would be obliged if you can help me with the Email IDs of Presidents of other associations like I.M.A, A.P.I, Obs & Gyn, Ortho, Radiology, Urology, Neurology, Dermatology, Respiratory Medicine, Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology. Or just pass on the message to them. Let this be a National Movement, I am quite sure people will join us. Then when your neighbor who is not a doctor sees you hoist your flag, he/she too would feel encouraged to buy his/her own tricolor!
I have done some research and the Karnataka Khadi Gramodyog Samykta Sangh in Hubli, Karnataka http://www.khadifederation.com/ is the official manufacturer of our National Flag. Our friends in Hubli or nearby cities can always interact in person and facilitate the purchase. The tricolor is also sold in all Gandhi Ashram store all over India, but they might not be able to give bulk supplies.
Friends, I will request you all to give this a serious thought. The W.M.D which is ideally suited to fight terror, will not be made in nuclear plants and will not be sold by friendly western countries and will not be purchased by astronomical sums of money………it has to be ignited in our minds and hearts and it is called ‘patriotism’.