Author: Dr. Sanjay Verma
About 200 years ago, the British surgeon Thomas Wackley started the publication of ‘The Lancet’. This weekly research journal has a great reputation in the medical world, but should every sentence printed in it get glory like Gita, Bible or Quran? Here, The Lancet, in its editorial, has criticized the Indian government for handling the Kovid-19 epidemic. It has written that the Modi government was less interested in controlling the epidemic, more in removing its criticisms from Twitter. It was also written that the Government of India ‘cannot be
There have been questions from the Supreme Court to decisions like declaring victory over the epidemic after the first wave of Corona, and from the election rallies in West Bengal to the waiver of the Mahakumbh in Haridwar. The apex court even said that we cannot hide our heads in the sand of the ostrich like you. Of course, in this case the central government is in the dock and its accountability is also formed.
But should The Lancet also repeat these same things? After all, what is his politics? Do you know that apart from London, this journal is also published from New York and China’s capital Beijing. The epidemic spread across the world from the Chinese city of Wuhan. China tried to suppress efforts to investigate this. And recently an Australian newspaper has even claimed that China has developed the corona as a biological weapon.
Now the question is what does a medical journal do? The editors of The Lancet are well aware that the journal’s role is limited to exposing medical, pre-clinical and clinical research, reviewing treatment modalities and publishing their results citing major studies. But in recent years, his attitude does not seem to show that his main objective is to bring out the merits of the medical world in saving lives. In contrast, she is advancing her agenda at the behest of a few countries. For example, last year, The Lancet published a report based on research conducted on over one lakh corona patients. It claimed that a drug called hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) increased the risk of death in Kovid-19 patients. Because of this research, the World Health Organization stopped the clinical trials of HCQ on Kovid-19 patients. Later, the journal withdrew the HCQ study citing an internal investigation as the basis.
Now the question arises that if there were errors in the research work, then why was it published in this journal? Also, were the claims of high risk of death from HCQ made at the behest of anyone? In this case, the finger pointed towards China. It was said that China did not want Europe, America or India to make a corona vaccine before that because it has a huge market potential.
Making such mistakes is not new for China, which is dreaming of becoming a super power in the field of science and pharma on the basis of fake data and arbitrary analysis. Chinese President Xi Jinping is dreaming of making his country a global scientific and technology powerhouse by 2049. But China is very confused about how this will happen. In 2017, after many such frauds surfaced, Zhang Li, Professor of Applied Physics at Xian Jiaotong University, admitted that China, who is aspiring to become a global leader in this field, does not know how to reach this destination. Of course, China has made considerable progress in the fields of science, research and technology, but is also facing piracy and poor quality problems in research.
According to Retraction Watch, a blog that monitors research papers, many Chinese researchers had to withdraw their research papers due to fake peer review. In April 2017, a scientific journal returned 107 biology research papers from around the world on the basis of poor quality and fraud, most of them being Chinese. In the same year, a gene scientist from China withdrew his research paper, which had got the status of celebrity in the country. At one time, that scientist was also considered to be entitled to Nobel Prize. Her research came back because other scientists could not repeat the results of the research based on her research.
Black market of research paper
At the same time, a government investigation revealed that there is an online black market of research papers in China, where positive pears are sold from reviews to entire research articles. Today, no one can easily believe that China may have a role in the recent case of The Lancet, but the world will certainly discuss discussions on the possibility that the research papers on which China science-pharma fields I want to be covered, what is their reality.
However, China is not alone in the box. Questions are being raised about such papers all over the world. Somewhere their quality is said to be suspicious, then somewhere they are told to be full of copy-pasting. India’s position is worse in terms of research work. Here, doing research and writing research paper is considered a waste of time.
(The author is an assistant professor at the Times School of Media, Bennett University)
Disclaimer: The views expressed above are the author’s own
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