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Please mourn the man I believe Arun Jaitley was
24.08.19 - kanwar manjit singh
Please mourn the man I believe Arun Jaitley was



ARUN JAITLEY died in pain, and it had nothing to do with the soft tissue cancer or renal troubles. Those were battles that he faced with fortitude. He would have been at peace if he had seen the people of Kashmir singing Ladishah songs or Kashmiri pandits dancing to Henzae songs in Lal Chowk. 

He waited for as long as he could, and then gave up. Kashmiris also want to mourn his death but there’s a man outside who could shoot them the next moment. 

Since India seems to be much saddened by the death of Arun Jaitley and river of sorrows are flowing across party lines, it is important that we all recall the great legacy and the true stuff that we believe Arun Jaitley was made of. 

Amit Shah has said his loss is personal, and that Jaitley was family. Milind Deora has said he was his mentor and guide — a near revelation but one that didn't shock people in the Congress. Shashi Tharoor was so shocked that he could hardly use any polysyllabic words while describing their "healthy mutual respect.” The cerebral India that appears on 9 pm debates on television has christened him as a 'towering intellectual.' 

I believe that Arun Jaitley deserved all these epitaphs and epithets. I believe he was a person whose soul cried for a united India where everyone had the freedom to profess his faith, have access to opportunities and make better meaning of life. 

I believe that Arun Jaitley was someone who could never remain silent when a community was being subjected to unprecedented vitriol and hate spewing. I believe that Arun Jaitley felt sickened to the core at some of the stuff said during the last election campaign. 

I believe that Arun Jaitley was a man whose heart cried rivers of blood when he watched Pehlu Khan being beaten to pulp on the road in videos that played on a loop on screens that he was often very close to. 

I believe that Tabrez Ansari being made to chant the name of the Lord he little believed in, made a sick Arun Jaitley feel like getting up and going after the louts with a big stick in hand, but he wasn’t keeping a good health. 

I believe that Arun Jaitley was a deeply democratic person and that he always believed in the free expression of the will of the people. I believe that Arun Jaitley was always clear that the Opposition not only deserved its rightful and respectable place but needs to be heard even more keenly when it is too small. 

I believe that the Arun Jaitley that we lost today was so wedded to the democratic values that he felt pained while having to assume duties as the Finance Minister of the country after the electorate of Amritsar had sent him packing a defeated person. Modi's whiz-kid was a democratically rejected man during a Modi wave election, but was made a Finance Minister. I believe that the democratic inner self of Arun Jaitley must be very sad at such perversion of an electoral verdict but he assumed the ministership because he was deeply aware of how Mother India really needed the services of a "towering intellectual" and a "great politician."
 
I believe that Arun Jaitley was a man who could never take off his eyes from the cause of the farmers in distress. I believe that it made him difficult to even swallow food when he saw the farmers of Tamil Nadu with rats dangling in their teeth, the skulls of their fellow farmers who had chosen to commit suicide, lying by their side. 

I believe that Arun Jaitley knew that the lakhs of crores being doled out to India's corporate tzars but India's farmers being denied farm loan waivers was ‘inhuman economics’ by any stretch of logic or imagination but he felt like a prisoner of the reigning economic ideology and actually wanted to do much for the farmers. I believe he felt the pain very deeply and everytime he would swallow a morsel of food, he would wonder if the farmer who grew that morsel of rice or wheat was still alive or had committed suicide. 

I believe that he realised the pain that people like P. Sainath, peddlers of statistics about suicide-hit farmers and farm labourers, were giving to well meaning politicians and intellectuals pursuing their careers with dedication, and therefore defended the decision of the National Crime Records Bureau to no more collate this data. I believe that he believed that the pain should be limited and not farmed out through authentic and officially endorsed data of the dead. 

I believe that he remained disturbed for days and weeks after demonetisation on his watch as he saw long queues of innocent and honest people lining up before ATMs and grown men breaking down before cameras as they described how they just wanted to withdraw a few hundred rupees from their own accounts to hold a birthday party for their kid. 


I believe that Arun Jaitley was a man who could never forget the pain of India being torn asunder as men chanting the name of the Lord, whose picture he routinely bowed before, brought down a centuries-old mosque in a town called Ayodhya. 

 
 
I believe that he was so hurt at comments like Hindu Rajya being restored after 800 years in India that he could never forgive those who peddled such stuff. 

I believe that the lawyer inside Arun Jaitley often wanted to shriek at the top of his voice that he longed to defend the victims of 2002 killings of Muslims in Gujarat and he was very keen to ensure that the perpetrators go to jail and rot for what they did to some citizens of Mother India. 

I believe that Arun Jaitley, who had remained active in Delhi’s student politics, wanted the young students on the JNU campus and the urchins in the streets of Kashmir to grow up in an India where they get to see the politicians of India fighting to retain the secular character of the country. 

I believe that Arun Jaitley wanted the kind of medical attention available to him to be available to every son and daughter of Mother India, especially to those who worked with their bare hands to eke out a living. I believe that Arun Jaitley worked his entire life to achieve that objective. 

I believe that Arun Jaitley wanted every child of Mother India to study in a good school, but then everyone around Arun Jaitley or those who tracked his career would already know that he must have fought for it all his life.

I believe that he seriously believed in MGNREGA and the need to give guaranteed work to the poorest of India's poor, and that he allocated maximum possible funds for welfare schemes. 

I believe that Arun Jaitley was a relentless fighter against corruption in the political party system, and that he wanted to vanquish corruption of both kinds. He was very disturbed by the lack of inner party democracy in other political parties and that is why in his own party, he never tolerated one man becoming the party. That is why his own party remained so democratic and is an example of collective leadership and consensus underwriting all moves and decisions of the government and the party. 

Also, I believe that he was very much against political parties being opaque about their fund raising and I believe that he waged a dharamyudh against such practices and fought till the end to bring in complete transparency in election and political party funding. 

I believe that he was a true practitioner of the Indian Constitution and particularly believed in Part 3 of the Constitution. That is why I believe he was dead set against all declared or undeclared forms of Emergency. 

I believe he was sworn to never use the ghost of nationalism to subdue or silence his critics. 

Since The Indian Express quoted him as having said in an interview that "this government will be remembered for establishing a precedent that India is capable of running a 100 per cent honest government," he must have died in peace at least on this front because today, I believe, the government is either 100 per cent honest or about to achieve that mark if it is a fraction of a percentage point away. 

I believe that Arun Jaitley was strongly against lawyers charging astronomical sums from their clients and always charged the most reasonable fee from poor litigants. I believe that he always wanted to represent the victims of human rights abuses and those suffering at the hands of a coercive state structure free of cost because I believe no cause was more dear to his heart than the cause of human rights and civil liberties. I firmly believe that he would have any day represented the likes of Soni Sori if only he had been approached. 

I believe that Arun Jaitley was especially empathetic to the poor because he had seen from close quarters the workings and machinations of corporations such as Pepsi Co. and Coca Cola whom he had represented along with many other multinationals, in the Supreme Court. 

I believe that he worked very hard to ensure the passage of the Women Reservation Bill and the Jan Lokpal Bill though sometimes one cannot succeed all the time. 

I believe that Arun Jaitley in whom I believed always wanted to work with a very loving and understanding person, one known for a tender heart and a deeply humanising touch, and that is why he always had a cordial and deeply trusting relationship with our prime minister Narendra Modi ji, and was lucky to serve Mother India under this great human being who is doing all he can to ensure India never waivers from the promises it made to itself in the preamble to its Constitution. 

We, the people who believed in the Arun Jaitley who I believe was the man I believe he was, mourn him deeply and sadly.
 

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CALLING A BLUFF
A senior psychiatrist questions IPA denial of Lancet concern over Kashmir's mental health issues
20.08.19 - BY DR ANIRUDH KALA
A senior psychiatrist questions IPA denial of Lancet concern over Kashmir's mental health issues



Three days back the international magazine Lancet wrote an editorial raising alarm on the affect of abrogation of Article 370 and 35A and the heavy deployment of armed forces in Kashmir. 

In response, the current President of the Indian Psychiatric Association Dr Mrugesh Vaishnav has sent out a belligerent and parochial message. 

Senior Psychiatrist, Dr Anirudh Kala writes an open letter to the President, IPA.
 
Dear Mrugesh,

I have seen your letter as President of the Indian Psychiatric Society (which is also signed by Dr. Vinay Kumar, the General Secretary) addressed to the Editor, Lancet in response to Editorial of two days back about health and human rights of Kashmiris after the recent restrictions in J&K. 

Firstly it is revealing that you wrote a 900 words rejoinder to a 340 words editorial. Which would have been fine if you had not used more than two thirds of those words on Pakistan and how bad things are there, something which the editorial had not touched upon.

The editorial cites already high rates of PTSD quoted in various studies over the recent years( inspite of a better physical health parameters than rest of country) and points to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' report that 1253 people were blinded between 2016 and 2018 because of pellet guns. These are published facts researched by members of IPS, the psychiatrists of Kashmir. I am posting one such publication which reviews research on PTSD in children of Kashmir, both in orphanages and in general populace. 

I do think in a globalised world international medical community has a stake in health of the people anywhere. For example, 'International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War' is a non-partisan federation of national medical groups in 63 countries, representing doctors, medical students and other health workers. It also has a very active Indian branch which exercises its rights to comment about nuclear flash points across the world. Similarly 'Doctors Without Borders' works in conflict zones in far flung poor countries in extremely trying conditions. We cannot justifiably tell doctors elsewhere that this is our problem, we got it, thank you. Because we havent'. I donot know of any efforts by our governments or by the IPS to have set up out- reach trauma clinics in Kashmir. Whatever efforts have been done are by local mental health professionals with limited resources at their disposal. You will understand if I do not count the IPS conferences held in sylvian surroundings of Kashmir as efforts to that end.

How can commenting about something be interference or intrusion into another country’s affairs? Also, if that is interference, why is the IPS president commenting on Pakistan's health care? And if students and doctors are going to carry unpleasant memories of an editorial, what must the Kashmiris be carrying ?

I am no longer a member of IPS since I resigned some years back on the issue of IPS refusing to acknowledge at that time that homosexuality is not a disease to be treated. So, technically you would be within your rights to tell me this is none of my concern, this is a society matter.

To which my sincere reply would be I am raising concerns as a fellow Indian psychiatrist about possibility of even more PTSD in Kashmir after August 5.
 
 
Dr. Anirudh Kala is a psychiatrist and author based in Ludhiana. He was a member of the Policy Group appointed by government of India which wrote the first ever Mental Health Policy for the country in 2014.A collection of short stories by him entitled " Unsafe Asylum: Stories of Partition and Madness" was published by Speaking Tiger Books last year. 

 

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LIVING ON THE EDGE
The unseen community: A brief history of Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir
19.08.19 - KOMAL JB SINGH
The unseen community: A brief history of Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir



KASHMIR IS BACK in the news. This time it is about the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A. There is a constant debate on TV channels on social media and in the news. Everyone is jumping in, mostly driven by a sense of nationalism. The aspirations of Ladakhis, Buddhists, Dogras, and Muslims are being debated. Yet, Kashmir is under an information embargo, Kashmiris are forbidden to participate in the discourse the nation is busy fathoming for them.

Whether it is these debates or the geo-political regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, they are all based on the basis of ‘us’ versus ‘them’. The stronger the identity consciousness, the more intense is the debate. In all this Sikh community - with a population of 2,34,848 across the region, which is more than the total population of Buddhist 1.33 lakh remains as invisible as have been its aspirations over the years.
 
Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir constitute 1.87% of the total population. Today as I am writing this piece there are seventy thousand Sikhs in valley and many others in Rajouri and Poonch districts. They all remain cut off due to the communication blockade. They remain unseen in the larger suffering of Kashmir. 

The Unseen Community 

When I asked a friend from the Kashmiri Sikh community about Article 370 and 35A abrogation, the response was, ‘Na koie fayada na koien uksan.’ This roughly translates to: it is neither good nor dangerous. The implication is it does not matter (to her) since she is hardly noticed by anyone. Yet, there are a few who believe that the abrogation has some impact on their cultural identity. Some are apprehensive that it might become more difficult to live in border districts. 

Many Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir maintain a residence in Jammu. This divides not only the community but also families. Another Sikh friend says, ’We are silently migrating from Kashmir, it's just that nobody is ready to see us. But is Jammu safe?’ 

Other views from the community are: 

Neither can we say anything, nor we can remain silent.’ 

It is suffocating to live with our identity.’ 

We are exactly where we were seven decades ago.’ 

This is because the larger debate remains about Hindus and Muslims while the Sikhs remain trapped in between those communities. There is another layer to this: while a few Sikh families who migrated in 1990 along with majority Hindus and benefitted under the migration scheme, they are seen as enemy within the family or the local community. The tussle is that those who left got something and those who lived on are not even recognized by the larger society. 

The diverse and plural society of Jammu and Kashmir is today reduced to Kashmir represented by Muslims, Dogras represented by Jammu and Buddhists represented by Leh. Alongside Kashmiri Sikhs and Jammu Sikhs, this  manner of representation skews the  regional aspirations and grievances of Jammu Muslims, Kargil Muslims, Doda Hindus and they all remain unseen and unheard. 

Around 70,000 Sikhs live in the valley and 1.5 lakh Sikhs live in Jammu. In Kashmir, the Sikhs are a minority community.. In Jammu, most of the Sikhs live along the LOC from Kathua to Rajouri and Poonch.  Life on the border is never easy but there is no end to mainlanders talking about the border. 

No Political Representation 

While the Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir have a long history of suffering, their religious injunction– Chardi Kalan which means high spirits or - forbids them from living with a sense of victimhood. This itself imposes a sense of silence on them. That is why perhaps, since Partition until now, the stories of Sikhs seldom finds place in narratives outside community.

Over the last three decades the Sikhs of Jammu and Kashmir have stayed proud of their distinct cultural identity. Yet, their political aspiration remains silent. Kashmiri Sikhs have had no political representation to present their issues and ambitions. Until now, the national minority commission has not been applicable in Jammu and Kashmir. The Kashmiri Sikhs have been demanding a minority status in the state but to no avail. No political party gives the Sikhs tickets for elections, or for any representation. Now when the statehood is lost, the long pending demand of Sikhs to have reserved seats has also gone. 

35 Sikhs were massacred at Chattisinghpora in 2000  
 
Three decades of Kashmir turmoil has had a severe impact on Sikhs in Kashmir. It’s not easy to live as minority especially when the Kashmiri society is not diverse. In March 2000, when Sikhs were killed by unidentified men in Chittisinghpora, as a community they remained silent. 

Today the lives of Sikhs are on the edge between Kashmiryat and Insayinat. The Kashmiryat is alive because we are still part of the Kashmiri society and Insaniyat because we are just seen people who are voiceless. Yet, the Sikhs have always been there to help others. 

Way Forward

The mistake that politicians and policy makers commit is to view Jammu and Kashmir through the lens of the Muslim and Hindu binary.

However, it must be recognized that today the close to two and a half lakh Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir are in an important and historical position in the society. They are the connecting bridge between Hindus and Muslims. They have larger role to play as the peace makers. It is this historical call to which the community must respond. It is this historical position of the Sikhs the powers that be must recognize to bring peace to Jammu and Kashmir. 

 
Komal JB Singh is a native Kashmiri and Doctoral Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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SHARING A PAGE FROM MY DIARY
Me and Rahul Gandhi: Where's the Party? I Want to Lose Control.
11.08.19 - Diary of a Ludhiana'ite
Me and Rahul Gandhi: Where's the Party? I Want to Lose Control.




EVERY MORNING, I invariably switch on the TV for a few minutes but keep it on the mute mode, just to make sure no one has demonetised the couple hundred bucks in my left pocket or thrown into the dust bin Part 3 of the Constitution. I did the same this Saturday morning, was bored reading the names running in the scroll informing me that the choice was between Mallikarjun Kharge at 77 and Mukul Wasnik at 59. The party calls one a 'stalwart' and the other a 'youth.' So I surfed the channels a bit and suddenly came across Madonna.

We had just left school and tasted college when Eddie Money had released his album 'Where's the Party?' Just a few months earlier, the Akali party had launched its Dharam Yudh Morcha. And we were consuming both — tracking both the 'parties.' Eddie Money had earlier released 'No Control' and that pretty much defined the other kind of 'party,' too. Then 1984 happened. 
 
Rajiv Gandhi was asking the Akalis 'Where's the party?' and finally found a malleable Longowal. He was bumped off. Longowal, that is. (The other was bumped off later.)  
 
We were barely picking up the pieces when Madonna came crashing down on our lives; her True Blue had come packaged with the single that asked, "Where's the party, I want to lose control!
 
The Akalis, by then, were actually doing the same — every Akali worth his salt either asking ‘where’s the party’ or forming his own and announcing, ‘here’s the party’ — and, of course, losing control. But they didn't know Madonna and she hadn't probably heard of 'em.
 
I knew both, and that was a tough space to live in the Ludhiana of ’80s. Everyone knew one kind of party, barely anyone in my circle was conversant with the other kind. Music shops openly sold Bhindranwale’s cassettes and at least one music shop owner in Ludhiana’s Bhadaur House area near the clock tower was badly bashed up by a bunch of tall turbaned men because he had put up a poster of Dolly Parton on the front door that said, "Hello, I’m Dolly.” 
 
A story in the newspaper that called itself panthic said the poster had ‘ashleel invitational wording.’ "Hello, I’m Dolly” was her 1967 album but who cared? The fact was that she was still selling albums and "Trio” was making waves.  

This shopkeeper stopped selling any "English music” as he used to call an entire bunch of genres but I had by that time discovered nooks and crannies in the town where you could get rock, country and pop albums. There weren't too many music shops selling these. In fact, most of the ones that stocked stuff like Abba, Bangles, Beatles, Boney M. or Modern Talking were the ones next door to medical colleges in Ludhiana – CMC and DMC. 
 
Some other day, I'll talk about this connection. And I had also tried the fun you could have in those days by regularly switching to different mastheads every fifteen days. What different flavours, man! A rather helpful hawker had no problems with me switching from Statesman to Telegraph to Times of India, particularly because I was okay with reading news that was three to four days’ stale. Everyone else could read news that was two days' old; it was the freshest you could get in those days. For mint-fresh non-sense, we used to read the drivel in Ajit or Akali Patrika.  
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Eventually I found that the most constant of all these was the refrain 'I want to lose control.' That's what was going on in any kind of party. Congress, Akali Dal, Eddie Money or Madonna.
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I wasn't sure which way to go. Kids of my age and some even much younger were picking up the gun, some were discovering the joys of Madonna singles. Some were still trying to find out the whereabouts of the girl they liked in class X who they could never speak to back then. Only things constant were either Fakir's Woh kagaz ki kashti that had hit us in school and stayed with us through much of the wasted '80s, or Madonna and her 'Where's the Party?
 
Eventually I found that the most constant of all these was the refrain 'I want to lose control.' That's what was going on in any kind of party. Congress, Akali Dal, Eddie Money or Madonna. By the time I hit university, even my favourite Modern Talking had broken up and I couldn't find a single other person to ask if I could lay my hands on any Thomas Anders' single.   

I think of Rahul Gandhi today and I think he's going through stuff damn similar. It's all about losing control. His party has had a good run at the Centre and then came up noughts. His chief whip in Rajya Sabha resigns at a crucial juncture and announces he will be joining the BJP. The party loses governments in Goa and Karnataka, witnesses a spate of bills rammed through in Parliament but can't come up with a strategy because it is rudderless. All he had to do was to name an interim chief, dissolve the working committee and call for elections, but that would have been sensible. Not really the Congress' way. 
 
On my muted channel is running the news about a party losing control. On the other one, she's still asking where's the party. I am still searching for the rather sparingly available "Bizarre Bizarre," the Modern Talking song in which Dieter Bohlen included a secret message which, when played backwards, said: "There will never be an end to Modern Talking". I wonder if Thomas Anders knew about it beforehand. I am losing control, wondering if there are secret messages embedded in the way Congress’ is functioning!

* * *
It's Sunday, and Sonia Gandhi is president of the Congress party. I want to say something and lose control.
 

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AFTER THE ABOLITION OF 370 & 35A
How a Kashmiri Pandit rants about Kashmiriyat?
08.08.19 - ARUN KAUL
How a Kashmiri Pandit rants about Kashmiriyat?



5 Aug 2019 will mark the end of "Kashmiriyat". I am living in Sydney and I am very happy where I am. Being a Kashmiri Pandit I have a say in the matter. It will be a long rant from me but I guess I have an opinion and a right to express it.

A lot of my community people will not like what I am about to write but so be it. With the death of Kashmiriyat dies my veil and I am going to say what I have witnessed growing up. Kashmiri Pandits may be very docile people but their arrogance and selfishness is too much.

Kashmiri Pandits celebrate scrapping of article 370 
 
Kashmiri Pandits always were a physical minority but educational majority. They were in studying and jobs and thus were holding almost all plum posts within the government jobs spectrum. There was a 3 point program for most KP kids. 1. Doctor 2. Engineer 3. Bank job (PO being favourite)

Kashmiri Pandits always treated fellow Muslims as second grade citizens since being a physical majority they were governed by a minority in offices. Kashmiri Pandits also talked about rest of Indians with utter disdain. They always had a term defining different sections of people.

Be it Dogras, South Indians or Sikhs, Kashmiri Pandits always made fun of them. Disgusting as it was it is utter racist as well. Since state was a divide of India and Pakistan supporters, Kashmiri Pandits would at every possible chance utter "Gachh telyi Pakistan ( Then go to Pakistan)"

And when they went and came back with physical and mental ammunition, it was way beyond control. I don't endorse that but sometimes your abuse comes back to haunt you, it haunt us bad. It brings me to the point why do I feel all Kashmiri Pandits who are dancing today will soon regret.

All these years you had an existence as an entity in your own land since you were visible. Now with influx of people from all over the country you will be a part of a society like Delhi. You will have to tolerate more than Muslims now and you sure won't like it.

With a whole generation born and brought up outside valley the supposed dream of going back to homeland may not be a preposition our current generation would like. The abolition of article 370 and 35A may bring India to Kashmir (Land to Land) but at cost of Kashmiriyat.

Kashmiriyat meant existence of Kashmiris of different beliefs and faiths exist together without hate for each other. With Kashmiris outnumbered in valley Kashmiriyat is dead. Kashmir as a UT may see rise in infrastructure but will degrade in environment.

Will add diversity but will lose its ethnicity. Will add to a lot of exciting stuff but will lose its edge. Will add to a list of successes but will lose the ground on which it was harnessed. RIP Kashmiriyat!!!
 
 
Arun Kaul tweets as @arunkaulblogger
 
 

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Kidney donors are needed from all blood groups by World Health Organization (WHO), each donor gets (7CR) Email:( dr.craigparrish @ yahoo . com ), Whatspp Number: +917428413110 for more information.

Kidney donors are needed from all blood groups by World Health Organization (WHO), each donor gets (7CR) Email:( dr.craigparrish @ yahoo . com ), Whatspp Number: +917428413110 for more information.

Kidney donors are needed from all blood groups by World Health Organization (WHO), each donor gets (7CR) Email:( dr.craigparrish @ yahoo . com ), Whatspp Number: +917428413110 for more information.

Kidney donors are needed from all blood groups by World Health Organization (WHO), each donor gets (7CR) Email:( dr.craigparrish @ yahoo . com ), Whatspp Number: +917428413110 for more information.

Kidney donors are needed from all blood groups by World Health Organization (WHO), each donor gets (7CR) Email:( dr.craigparrish @ yahoo . com ), Whatspp Number: +917428413110 for more information.

Kidney donors are needed from all blood groups by World Health Organization (WHO), each donor gets (7CR) Email:( dr.craigparrish @ yahoo . com ), Whatspp Number: +917428413110 for more information.

Kidney donors are needed from all blood groups by World Health Organization (WHO), each donor gets (7CR) Email:( dr.craigparrish @ yahoo . com ), Whatspp Number: +917428413110 for more information.

Kidney donors are needed from all blood groups by World Health Organization (WHO), each donor gets (7CR) Email:( dr.craigparrish @ yahoo . com ), Whatspp Number: +917428413110 for more information.

Kidney donors are needed from all blood groups by World Health Organization (WHO), each donor gets (7CR) Email:( dr.craigparrish @ yahoo . com ), Whatspp Number: +917428413110 for more information.

Kidney donors are needed from all blood groups by World Health Organization (WHO), each donor gets (7CR) Email:( dr.craigparrish @ yahoo . com ), Whatspp Number: +917428413110 for more information.

Kidney donors are needed from all blood groups by World Health Organization (WHO), each donor gets (7CR) Email:( dr.craigparrish @ yahoo . com ), Whatspp Number: +917428413110 for more information.

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