Speaking of state subsidized healthcare and leftist policies, India’s health minister was quoted as saying on Friday that poor people have a right (it seems everything is becoming a “right” these days) to look beautiful, on taxpayer’s dime that is, hence thousands of women residing in India’s Tamil Nandu state are now eligible for “free” cosmetic breast surgery. Tamil Nandu is a southern Indian state, which has a history of populist schemes.
Previously to the free breast implants scheme, Tamil Nandu residents benefited from free (there’s no free ride, always remember that folks) bicycles, goats,canteens and laptops, among other stuff. Now, basically all women in Tamil Nandu will be offered cosmetic surgery for “free”, but those coming from the poorest sections of the society will be prioritized,as state health minister C. Vijayabaskar told AFP:
“If a poor woman desires to look beautiful, we will support her financially. Whether they require medical procedures or beauty treatment, it will be free”
Even if Tamil Nandu is a relatively rich state by India’s standards, many believe that the Indian government is wasting taxpayers’ money on cosmetic surgery, instead of addressing more important issues, including treating serious ailments, like life saving surgery and similar medical procedures. While breast augmentation has become the latest rage in India lately, the respective procedure costs upward of $3,000 in private hospitals, a sum which for most Indians represents a full year’s wage. The free-breast-cosmetic-surgery program was launched in Tamil Nandu on Wednesday at a (obviously) state-run clinic in Chennai, and the scheme will be soon expanded in other districts. The head of the state run clinic, V. Ramadevi respectively, has told AFP that poor Indian women want cosmetic surgery as they, let me quote: “face psychological issues that may severely impact their lives.”
“Their career, (their) marriage are derailed because they are taunted and their confidence is shattered”
Seventy-percent of the Indian population practices open defecation in the streets or elsewhere. See Wikipedia “open defecation”. It is a practice endorsed by Hinduism. Perhaps the money should go to education, enforcement and privies to eliminate (pun intended) this disgusting practice.