Topic Of The Day:-“Bring In The Experts: On Jayalalithaa’s Death”
Jayalalithaa’s Death Does Not Deserve To Be Clouded By Murky Conspiracy Theories
The philosopher Karl Popper argued that conspiracy theories are often premised on thenotion that events are manipulated by sinister groups, shaped by a distrust of the notion of randomness and a yearning to explain phenomena in terms of an underlying or intentional order. From the birth of history, the death of famous people has provided a breeding ground for conspiracy theories. Clearly, the unfortunate and untimely passing away of Jayalalithaa has become a playing ground for such ‘theorists’. Astonishingly, more than a year after she died, two Tamil Nadu Ministers have called for a probe into her death by a special investigation team. Meanwhile, the Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice (retired) A. Arumughaswamy, constituted in September 2017 to probe her illness and death, is well into a third extension of itstenure. If it sometimes appears as if the Commission is shooting blindfolded in a dark room with blanks, that is because it is unclear if its principal focus is the issue of the “circumstances and situation leading to her hospitalisation”, “subsequent treatment” and “unfortunate demise” or a larger conspiracy into her death. Both issues could be related, in theory. But if the main task is todetermine whether the former Chief Minister received adequate medical attention before she was admitted in hospital and during her 75-day stay there, then this can only be settled by independent medical experts.The corporate hospital she was treated in has filed a petition before the Commission seeking the constitution of a medical board comprising experts in a range of specialities to examine the case records and the interventions made by its doctors. This is an eminently sensible suggestion, given the complex and debilitating matrix of conditions that Jayalalithaa suffered from. Only a complete understanding of her overall medical condition can result in a fair conclusion about the treatment she got. The importance of doing this is all the greater, given reports of critical errors in the recording of depositions of doctors before the Commission. One of them has gone as far as to say his application to correct errors has failed. The conspiracy angle has been given a new andperplexing lease of life with the Commission’s counsel accusing the hospital and the State’s Health Secretary of “conspiracy” and “collusion” in providing “inappropriate treatment”. It would be improper to suggest that the Arumughaswamy panel is conducting the probe in anything but a fair manner, but it is essential that it also gives the impression that it is doing just that. After all, there is no getting away from the fact that the setting up of an inquiry commission had a clear political motive — it was a condition that needed to be satisfied to unite the warring AIADMKfactions. Chasing elusive conspiracies will not enhance the Commission’s image; taking the help of competent experts will.
MEANINGS AND WORDS
Meaning : a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful(n).
Synonyms : sedition
Antonyms : honesty
Example : “a conspiracy to destroy the government”
Meaning : base an argument, theory, or undertaking on(v).
Synonyms : assume
Antonyms : complete
Example : “the reforms were premised on our findings”
Meaning : a conception of or belief about something(n).
Synonyms : concept
Antonyms : concrete
Example : “children have different notions about the roles of their parents”
Meaning : handle or control (a tool, mechanism, information, etc.) in a skilful manner(v).
Synonyms : employ
Antonyms : destroy
Example : “he manipulated the dials of the set”
Meaning : a thorough investigation into a crime or other matter(n).
Synonyms : exploration
Antonyms : absurd
Example : “a probe into city hall corruption”
Meaning : the holding of an office(n).
Synonyms : occupation
Antonyms : release
Example : “his tenure of the premiership would be threatened”
Meaning : cause (something) to occur in a particular way or to have a particular nature(v).
Synonyms : complete
Antonyms : bear
Example : “it will be her mental attitude that determines her future”
Meaning : the action or process of intervening(n).
Synonyms : interference
Example : “a high degree of state intervention in the economy”
Meaning : to a notable degree; very(adv).
Synonyms : extremely
Antonyms : unimportantly
Example : “an eminently readable textbook”
Meaning : (of a disease or condition) making someone very weak and infirm(adj).
Synonyms : attenuate
Antonyms : assist
Example : “debilitating back pain”
Meaning : completely baffling; very puzzling(adj).
Synonyms : confusing
Antonyms : easy
Example : “a perplexing problem”
Meaning : (of an expression, gesture, or tone of voice) indicating a belief in someone’s guilt or culpability(adj).
Synonyms : arraign
Antonyms : applaud
Example : “she stared at him with accusing eyes”
Meaning : grant (property) on lease; let(v).
Synonyms : hire
Antonyms : sell
Example : “she leased the site to a local company”
Meaning : an idea, feeling, or opinion about something or someone, especially one formed without conscious thought or on the basis of little evidence(n).
Synonyms : impact
Antonyms : beginning
Example : “his first impressions of Manchester were very positive”
Meaning : a small organized dissenting group within a larger one, especially in politics.
Synonyms : sect
Antonyms : individual
Example : “the left-wing faction of the party”
Meaning : difficult to find, catch, or achieve.
Synonyms : ambiguous
Antonyms : stable
Example : “success will become ever more elusive”
Meaning : intensify, increase, or further improve the quality, value, or extent of(v).
Synonyms : appreciate
Antonyms : decrease
Example : “his refusal does nothing to enhance his reputation”
Meaning : having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully(adj).
Synonyms : adequate
Antonyms : impotent
Example : “a highly competent surgeon”