2 December 2016: On the 20th day of his hunger strike, Nepal’s last man standing against medical corruption has just gotten what he was fasting-unto-death for: resignation of the recently-appointed dean of the Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine (IoM).
Dr Gobinda KC, a man who has brought down the mightiest through his Gandhian strategy of dissent, had been staging indefinite hunger strike since Dr Keshav Prasad Singh was appointed dean of IoM.
According to Kathmandu correspondent of southasia.com.au, Dr Singh has tendered his resignation to Dr Tirtha Khaniya, the Vice Chancellor of the oldest university of the Himalayan nation. Interestingly, the VC himself is also on the hit list of Dr KC.
Dr Singh told local media that his post of “dean” was less important than the life of Dr KC who literally has millions of followers not only within Nepal but across the world. There is an active group of civil society members and medical doctors even here in Australia who have been extending support to the doctor through demonstrations and talk programmes.
This is not the first time that Dr KC has been staging fast-unto-death. He has done it many times before – each time triggering massive public debate around whether or not one man should be allowed to bring down an entire nation to a halt.
Nevertheless, it is pretty evident that Dr KC has more followers than those who oppose his movement.
The revered orthopaedic surgeon has been demanding a separate medical university and national medical standards. His last fast-unto-death had ended on February 15 after the government formed committees to look into his demands.
The latest fast-unto-death of Dr KC, which started twenty days ago, put massive pressure on the Government of Nepal when 1200 doctors working for public hospitals announced that they would stop all services except in emergency departments from Friday.