Everyone knows that Guglielmo Marconi as the inventor of the two-way radio. He also won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1909 for his work in the field of wireless radio communication. A century later, Indian physician Jagdish Chandra Bose, was credited with with making these inventions nearly 20 years earlier. But, instead of patenting his inventions, he had chosen to make them public. In a sense, he was an ideal scientist as he understood that the ultimate aim of science was to benefit humanity. Ancient Indian medical practitioner Sushrutha was a pioneer in one type of cataract surgery. He never turned away any of the people who came from distant lands to get treated by him or to learn from him.
‘Health is wealth’, they say and today it is truer than ever; Healthcare is a multi-billion dollar industry. Hey, a price tag can be attached to water, forests and wildlife, why not commodify health?
The world is in the clutches of a pandemic which has made people lock themselves up in their homes and brought the global economy to its knees. It will bring about a social and cultural revolution; hand washing will become a way of life and social distancing may get trendy. This is probably the first time in history when healthy people have been quarantined at home or in healthcare setups. Deglobalisation has been accelerated as countries are resorting to sealing their borders and import substitution in strategic areas like medicines and health equipment.