Dr. Amitav Banerjee
COLUMN/ THE WRITE LINE
Our Constitution declares India as a ‘democratic republic’. This confers on India the haloed status of not only being a democracy, but also a republic.
Since 1950, India has celebrated Republic Day separately from its Independence Day. India’s status as a Republic distinguishes it from some other democracies, such as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, which still retain the British monarch as their formal head. In addition to this, and more importantly, the roots of India’s republic are deep and its meaning profound.
The ethos of the Indian republic as interpreted by our leaders rests on the principles of social and economic equality, the state as a public institution, an active and public-spirited citizenship, and the separation of powers.
On the eve of our 75th Republic Day, there are looming clouds that can undermine the ethos of our republic and threaten to convert the annual Republic Day celebrations into a mere ritual sans the soul. This can only be prevented by making our active and public-spirited citizens aware about the threat facing us, and empowering them to question their elected representatives in power who are in a position to save our democratic republic.
While in an earlier era, ambitious empires expanded their dominion with direct aggression and conquests of land and enslaving the people, modern-day ’empires’ are faceless, formless, but nevertheless, very powerful in conquering and in spreading their influence subtly without the conquered realising that they are being enslaved.
These entities are the greatest threat to India’s democracy as well as to democracies and republics around the world. History is on the verge of repeating itself, and we may lose our ‘real’ independence without the majority of Indians realising it.
The trickery of treaties
Let us take a quick glimpse at how the British conquered India. And how, to the discerning, it rings a bell. The majority are in deep slumber.
India was not easy to conquer, but the British achieved it. It resorted to all possible nefarious means to enslave India. In some kingdoms, they overcame the local ruler with brute military force. In others, they stooped to conquer by flattery and became the de facto ruler by signing ‘treaties’, which allowed the local king to rule as a figurehead enjoying royal rituals but actually becoming a puppet of the British.
Does it ring a bell? Will this bell rouse the sleeping masses and their elected representatives?
The proposed WHO Pandemic Treaty and Amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR) is designed to seduce republics around the world to surrender their autonomy to the World Health Organisation (WHO) under the pretext of safeguarding them from future ‘pandemics’. As it will impact all the citizens of the world, understanding the implications is vitally important.
The British conquered India by force and by doling out ‘sultanates’ to petty Indian kings and signing treaties. The modern avatars of colonialism are the UN bodies, such as the World Bank, the WHO, and the World Economic Forum (WEF) – all forming a strong nexus.
Their allies are ostensible philanthropists, such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and many others. They are backed by the powerful pharmaceutical industry. One should therefore be wary of Bill Gates praising India’s harsh lockdown and the WHO calling it laudable.
If our leaders get fooled by such flattery, then unfortunately, not much has changed since colonial rule.
Most medical research is funded by these agencies converting it into big business. Business, unlike true science, cannot wait for uncertainties to resolve with meticulous and cautious research. Rather all research efforts have to be directed to influence the results in favour of the pharmaceutical industry.
Even medical journals cannot be trusted today to publish unbiased research. Editors of leading medical journals have expressed concerns that clinical trials were being influenced to serve the interests of the industry sposors.
Richard Smith, a former editor of British Medical Journal (BMJ), says medical journals have become the marketing arm of the pharmaceutical companies.
Imperialism by other means
This is the present-day ‘medical imperialism’ that has overtaken ‘military imperialism’. This is driven by the pharma race, which is more profitable to all vested interests than the arms race. Military imperialism promoted wars and conquests. Medical imperialism is poised to promote ‘pandemics’ and interventions driven by pharma interests. In both cases, people suffer.
In this ‘pandemic-mongering’, which has replaced conventional ‘warmongering’, the WHO is taking the lead. The strategy is to replace military treaties with pandemic treaties. Even Alexander the Great would have envied this masterstroke!
Similar to the doles given to petty kings or treaties negotiated by the British to win them over, the medical imperialists led by multinational foundations in cahoots with the WHO and other bodies dole out research funds to scientists and even to national scientific institutions, such as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), to win them over.
Recently, Gates Foundation signed a Declaration of Intent with the ICMR for collaboration in research and development.
WHO and Fauci exposed
The recent coronavirus pandemic has exposed the WHO. It pushed harsh and draconian lockdowns for an infection that had an infection fatality rate of less than 0.03% to 0.05% up to the age of 70 years. It downplayed the strong immunity acquired by people after recovery from natural immunity in order to promote the untested and experimental Covid-19 vaccines, benefiting the vaccine manufacturers.
During recent hearings, even the ‘high priest’ of science, Anthony Fauci, who literally assumed the role of a medical dictator during the pandemic, had to admit that most of the measures, such as social distancing, were not based on science. These measures caused immense harm to poor and marginalised people worldwide, while the rich became richer.
Instead of fixing the accountability of a handful of medical dictators and the WHO and a thorough audit of the impact of the measures taken during the pandemic, the WHO, in unholy haste, is pushing the Pandemic Treaty and the Amendments to the IHR, which will give it enormous powers to implement failed and unscientific draconian measures, including forced vaccinations, lockdowns, restrictions on movements, with no questions asked and no accountability.
The coming gag order
The IHR amendments provide for censorship and silencing of dissenting opinions. This cannot be science, which progresses by dissent and debate. This is pure dictatorship under the garb of imagined pandemics.
Dr. David Bell, a former WHO scientist, said the WHO’s treaty is a terrifying power grab that will grant the world body a central directing role and monopoly of power in global health governance. Under the Pandemic Treaty, the WHO, comprising unelected members, wouldn’t be accountable to any national government or constrained by their constitutional safeguards.
Dr. Bell feels that pandemics will become self-serving, benefiting the WHO and its minions, including bureaucrats, career scientists, and politicians, and pave the way to international fascism. Adolf Hitler would have envied this!
Concerned at the discordance of the proposed WHO Pandemic Treaty, which will take away our autonomy and violate the human rights of the public, a group of prominent lawyers, doctors, and concerned citizens, has written a letter to the Indian PM as well as the health minister, urging them to reject the WHO treaty as its provisions are ultra vires of our constitution.
We earnestly hope that our government rejects the 21st century imperialistic power grab camouflaged as the ‘pandemic treaty’. Failing this, we fear that our democratic republic would be going through the Republic Day rituals every year sans the soul of a true republic. If we fail during this ‘tryst with destiny’, history will not judge us kindly. Jai Hind.
(Dr. Amitav Banerjee was a field epidemiologist for over two decades in the Indian Army. He led the mobile epidemic investigation team at the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, from 2000-2004. During this period, he investigated a number of outbreaks in the country. He is presently a professor at a medical college in Pune and an academic editor at PLOS ONE journal.)
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