President, Cardiological Society of India
Moolchand Hospital, New Delhi
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Dr. M. K. Das, I have a really important question, since you are the Honorary Secretary of CSI in India, which is very-very important and popular position and we all know that the Indian Heart Journal is a most powerful and highly academic organ or publication of CSI and just in the recent publication I had gone through, you mentioned about the history of cardiology of India. I was very much motivated, overwhelmed to see that manuscript. What inspired you to start this and thinking in this direction.
This is a very nice question indeed. In fact, it was a very daunting task. In a vast country like India to write a history is not that easy because the documentation part is the most difficult part in our country, but having said all these what inspired me is the fact that I always think that present is the future of past so if you do not know your past, then really you cannot build up what you desire to do in future. So with that aim actually, I wanted to salute those workers, those presidents, those secretaries and those members who were really involved with Cardiological Society of India and not only that with the whole concept of Cardiology in India, how they developed the whole subject of Cardiology in India to a level, which is now existing, which can be comparable to any parts of the world. So, in fact, these motivating factor was the main focus of attention and I tried to jolt down many topics based on the references that were available from various journals, various books, in fact you have also one text book which also wrote some historical aspect of the Cardiology in India. I also took the help of the very old books right from Vedic Concept of Cardiology in India. So all these factors were taken into account to write the History of Cardiology which has been sort of first effort in the part of the Cardiological Society of India and may be there are certain loop holes, may be there are certain short comings, but definitely this will inspire others to write history in a much more definite way. So that is my aim for writing this History of Cardiology in India.
Dr. Das, I really want to compliment you because the reason is not really motivation, it is an inspiration and it is the changing thought process of young cardiologists so that they also should enter and continue their thinking process on the research so that we produce original data from India because the pioneers who worked in India verily want our pioneer should grow, our thinking process should grow and there must be innovations. Innovation is possible only if we research and if we have research and it is not published, I do not think people will know about it. So I think young cardiologist is very-very important. I feel that Indian Heart Journal should be in every medical college. It should be with very student who is a third year or fourth year student. I know Indian Heart Journal when I was in third year. I used to go to library and I used to see the pillars of cardiology and I am very happy that I am working with them even now. So what do you think, does it really motivate or inspire and change the thought process of young budding brilliant cardiologists and produce brilliant India or a smart India?
I completely agree with you on this aspect because our main aim right now for Cardiological Society of India is to start the process of innovation because really in India the innovating works are much less in numbers. One of the reasons, I always cite that definitely we have got monetary or financial constraints but at the same time the incentivization for the research workers is also less. Having said that, if really we can start the process right from Cardiological Society of India encouraging the research workers to take up the resort and publish it in journals, then definitely they will come forward and they will publish them and not only that all will read them and not only that people outside also will appreciate yes India is going ahead with not only the economy but also the other faculties including the cardiology in our country.
I would just like to have one message, which is very important message – publish or perish, is it true?
Definitely, if you do not publish then what will remain with you? You are not going to stay all over the world for generations after generations but through your publication you will leave. So that was the message given not by me but by the sages that your works, your publications will ultimately prevail.
So what is the ultimate aim? The ultimate aim is very simple. If we update in our knowledge, we can improve the patient care and if you really want to reduce the morbidity and mortality of cardiology in Indians, the only way is be up to date, contribute to Indian Heart Journal and please publish the original articles. Original research articles are the real articles. They really help in enhancing the impact factor and I am very happy that our Honorary Secretary of CSI is also working very hard with shoulder to shoulder and hand to hand with Indian Heart Journal editor as well as the executive editor to uplift the Indian Heart Journal. I really need to compliment the whole CSI for taking this Herculean task.
Yes, our president is very much right in his comment that all of us are now together, the whole Cardiological Society of India actually is working together to uplift the standard of CSI to an international level. In fact, whenever we go outside to attend the international conferences, we used to lament about it that why and how we are lacking. Now, the whole Cardiological Society of India is trying hard to uplift the standard of the society itself as well as the other aspects of this Cardiological Society of India that is the relationship with the society at large, country at large and also the people with whom actually we are dealing with.