Past Presidents: 2000-2016: Neurological Society of India
Correspondence Address: Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.222817
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Authors : Past Presidents of Neurological Society of India
Editor : K. Ganapathy
Publisher : Neurological Society of India
Year : 2017
Number of pages : 152
This is a book that should be possessed by every neuroscientist and every trainee in neurosciences. India can be proud of the stupendous achievements under very difficult circumstances by neurosurgeons, neurologists and other neuroscientists. The biographies and autobiographies of the eighteen Presidents of the Neurological Society of India are written in lucid style, highlighting the challenges faced by them in their outstanding professional careers and the great successes they have achieved.
What is remarkable, however, in the Indian scenario are two features that distinguish our doctors from doctors in similar situations from other countries. The first is the excellent highly personal and often emotional bond between the neuroscientists and their mentors who taught and trained them. Similar bonds were again forged in the same spirit by these neuroscientists with the next generation of doctors whom they trained and taught. All of them had a passion to disseminate their knowledge and skills acquired from their teachers to students not only in their own institution but also in places all over India through publications, seminars, lectures, conferences and workshops. They derive great satisfaction from the next generation's accomplishments. A unique 'guru-shishya parampara' (prevalent in continuous generations of teachers and students without break) thus evolved all over the country. Such a culture has been the pride of India for thousands of years and still persists although in a modified and different form in the Neurological Society of India.
The second is the prominent filial piety and affection shown to the parents and strong bonds of love with the spouse, children and grandchildren. This again has been more prominent in India than in other countries—again for thousands of years.
As the famous American poet Henry Wadworth Longfellow wrote in the poetry “A Psalm of Life.”
‘…Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.’