Whither NDMF?

    All is not well with Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation. Yes, there is no misprint here. You are reading it right. Reports are trickling in that there is a vertical split in the Board of Directors on the issue of the election of Dr. Prem Goel as President.

    It is being alleged by some that Dr. Goel was not eligible to seek election and, yet, he was allowed to contest. Dr. Goel’s supporters deny the allegation.

    The tussle is likely to continue and may even break the fine institution. Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation has been doing a great service in the cause of fighting the dreaded disease of cancer. Over the last thirty plus years, the Foundation attracted the generosity of a number of good Samaritans and funded a number of projects to provide treatment to cancer patients in India.

    The Foundation has become a household name in the Indian American community of New York. It is viewed as an example of what good to community the good people can do together. One would wish the fine memorial to late Nargis Dutt would not be allowed to crumble in a fratricidal conflict for posts and positions.

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