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The ideal minister of health
  1. S K Kapoor
  1. Comprehensive Rural Health Services Project, All India Insititute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 110029, India
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr S K Kapoor;

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Background and outlook matters, not necessarily medical qualifications

Ideals exist only in fiction but shape our thinking. Over the years, only a few health ministers in India have managed to leave a lasting impression. In my personal opinion, the two best were Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and Karan Singh. Both had a royal lineage and were steeped in Indian values and part of the freedom struggle. While Rajkumari provided the initial impetus and dynamism to the ministry immediately after independence, Dr Singh came at a time when health was declining in importance in the government. Both of them were philosophical (Dr Singh has a doctorate) and had a very …

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