Chennai: The warfare of ‘Minority’ v/s ‘Majority’ has always been there in the Indian political arena. The question is, has this factor made its strong presence in almost every aspect of Indian society including established institutions? This is what has happened in the case of Mohammad Rela, a renowned surgeon and the chairperson of Rela Institute and Medical Centre.
Mohammad Rela who had operated on centenarian Siddaganga Matt’s Shivakumara Swamiji for the ailment related to the gall bladder was termed as a “Muslim Doctor”, by the Water Resource Minister D K Shivakumar.
DKShi’s statement that the doctor who had treated and operated Siddaganga seer was a Muslim doctor, has evoked anger and displeasure among the followers of Siddaganga seer.
After visiting the Rela hospital on Saturday, December 8 night, DKShi had said that he was very happy to see the seer’s positive response to the treatment and that he has not seen such a hospital in his lifetime, which treated patients from newborns to centenarians.
He had also said that keeping aside all the socio-religious conflicts, Mohammad Rela was a Muslim who treated the seer.
This statement created a storm as soon as it was aired on all the regional television news channels.
Reacting to this statement, the junior seer and Chairperson of the Siddganga Matt, Siddalinga Swamiji has said that doctors and teachers had no religion and that doctors were called as “Vaidyo Narayano Hari” (doctors are God).
He also said that D K Shivakumar might have been excited while making the statement.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leaders too have condemned the statement.