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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 273-274  

The Times: Tragic The Loss: Huge & Irreparable

Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics, Dental College, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Lamphelpat, Imphal - 795 004, Manipur, India

Date of Web Publication01-Jul-2021

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Ashish Kumar
Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics, Dental College, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Lamphelpat, Imphal - 795 004, Manipur
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_317_21

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”Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things”

-Arthur Schopenhauer

Of late, listening and receiving heart-wrenching news every day has become a norm, as the times have been tragic.

More than 3500 people are losing their lives daily to Covid as I write this. Indian Society of Periodontology pays heartfelt condolences to every individual who has lost their life to this pandemic.

The heart-rending news also includes the loss of members of our fraternity, many of whom, we may have known personally or just as an acquaintance, having met them at some scientific events through common friends.

This year has been harsher as the Covid wave has engulfed a lot of younger people. Due to the nature of disease, we have lost many young dynamic colleagues to the pandemic. Most of them were in the age group to which we will never associate such an outcome in normal circumstances. We have lost unprecedented number of colleagues in last year to varied reasons including pandemic.

Dr. C. S. Saimbi, Ex- Prof and Head, Faculty of Dental Sciences, King George Medical College Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh left us last year. He was a very senior academician, hugely respected and a fine human being. We also heard the sad news of untimely demise of Dr Shobha More, who was Professor in D.Y. Patil School of Dentistry, Pune, Maharashtra.

The unfortunate demise of Dr. (Col.) S.V. Lele, Former Professor and Head, Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra; Dr Kapil Jain, Professor, People's College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh; Dr Awadhesh Kumar, Professor, Career Dental College Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh; Dr Chandra Kumar, Professor, Annamalai university Tamil Nadu; and Dr. B. L. Ramamurthy from Bengaluru, Karnataka left behind a huge vacuum and families under trauma.

Dr. D. S. Mehta, Former Professor and Head, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka, my Guru, guide and mentor left us for heavenly abode recently. He was a very senior and valued academician, hugely popular among the Perio- fraternity, his students and was finest of the human beings. His contribution to the field of Periodontics, especially to academics, is difficult to match.

It is a huge personal loss, having lost my guru, under whom I learnt whatever I know in Periodontology. I am at loss of words to describe him entirely. He was a gem of a person, and a very gentle soul. If I call him “ Student's Dream Teacher”, there won't be any exaggeration. He was a great mentor, teacher and a father-figure to all his students. A huge unsalvageable loss to the academics also! As said by Mahatma Gandhi ”There are no goodbyes for us. Where ever you are, you will always be in my heart.”

Although I know the loss is irreparable especially for families, and words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow the Indian Society Of Periodontology feels.

I, on behalf of all the members of Indian Society of Periodontology express my deepest condolences and pray that God gives strength to everyone to bear this loss. No amount of words can fill the huge void left by each one of them. May the blessings of God, care and love of those around, provide peace and comfort to near and dear ones to get through the days ahead.

All of departed souls would be badly missed. Remembrances of the wonderful and gentle souls will forever remain in our hearts. If I have missed any name out of my ignorance, please accept my apologies.

Indian Society of periodontology also pays heartfelt condolences to all our other dentist colleagues (general dentists and specialists of other branches) and our medical friends (244 as per Indian Medical Association), who lost their lives in these turbulent times.

I sincerely hope that I or anyone won't have to write anything like this again in the future.

”The illness and the untimely death of my brothers, has made me conscious of the fact that – rather than just think about it – it's crucial that you do today what you want to do.”

- Robin Gibb


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