Medico Friend Circle Annual Meet 2023 Caste, tribe and religion: Institutionalized Discrimination in health Venue: BapuKuti, Sewagram, Wardha, Maharashtra
Date: 10–12 March, 2023.
It is an organization which has operated for forty eight years as a ‘thought current’ without allegiance to a specific ideology. Its only commitment has been to intervene in and understand the debates, policies and practices of health in Independent India. The understanding that our present health service is lopsided and is in the interest of a privileged few prevails as a common conviction. It has critically been analyzing the existing health care system and has tried to evolve an appropriate approach towards health care which is humane, and which can meet the needs of the vast majority of the people in our country.
The year 2024 would be the 50th anniversary year of Medico Friend Circle and we are presently planning for the celebration. Such an organization would doubtless have as many different narratives of history as it has perspectives through its life.
In such a situation, rather than provide a single narrative that would represent the authentic history of the organization, it is better to choose two or three (if not more) essays that provide different views of the organization and its life. It is in this spirit that MFC has embarked on an ambitious history and archive project that provides many detailed facets of the organization’s history of interventions, analyses, successes and failures. The links below lead to some of the early essays written as part of this larger exercise of documenting it’s history..