- While addressing a press conference in connection with the USD 2 billion scam earlier in the month, the Punjab Nation Bank chief had said: “This cancer, that’s been going on since 2011, we have brought it out and we are resolving it.”
- In a letter to PNB managing director and CEO Sunil Mehta, Dr Shanta objected to the scam being equated with cancer. The legendary cancer specialist who was awarded Padma Bhushan and is currently Chairman of Chennai based Cancer Institute (WIA), said one ought to be ashamed of corruption but not of cancer.
She shared her outrage in the letter. Her letter read:
- Corruption is a crime and something to be ashamed of; cancer is not.
- We do not want the word ‘cancer’ to be associated with guilt, hopelessness or dread. And definitely not with shame.
- So do not try to find parallels where none exist. Do not mix cancer with corruption ever.
— Pramesh CS (@cspramesh) February 28, 2018
Dr Shanta demanded to remove the reference to cancer from the statement and appealed everyone to stop misusing the word ‘cancer’. Doctors through the social media platform have lent their support to Dr Shanta.
Our Cancer treatment pioneer Madame Shantha is very correct not to use Word cancer loosely in corruption cases, greatly appreciate her work #jagdishwar @SWexner @AISChannel @ManishChandSurg @AntoniodeLacy @kris_sg @drballalmanipal @cspramesh @venky72 @VattikutiRobotx pic.twitter.com/1kGh5IZJTX
— Dr.Jagdishwar Gajagowni Goud (@DrJagdishwar) March 1, 2018