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Bathinda: Delhi’s Tikri border is now second home to American cardiologist Dr Swaiman Singh. Leaving behind a three-year fellowship at New Jersey in US, this MS-qualified doctor is camping with the farmers for the past 45 days, giving them free checkup, books, and night stay, besides helping clean up the protest site.
Settled in the US for 24 years, he leads the ‘5 Rivers Heart Association’ that responds to healthcare and education crisis by holding medical camps and distributing educational material. With ‘protect our farmers’ as the new motto, his volunteer organisation has set up night shelter Pind California for 4,000 protesters, women mainly. His father, Jaswinder Pal Singh, now a lawyer in the US, was one of the founders of the Students’ Federation of India in Punjab, while his mother, Surinder Kaur, moved from student politics to being a librarian in the US.
A few doctors from Delhi run 5 rivers’ Tikri medical camps, while Dr Swaiman Singh supplies medicine and equipment to the camp. He told TOI: ““I could also examine people if the Indian laws permitted. Just six months away from completing a three-year specialisation in cardiology, I got to know about the Punjab farmers’ protest outside Delhi and joined it in first week. I tied up with doctors and gave away the protesters 9,000 books to read. We’ll expand Pind California to sleep 10,000 people. Our volunteers lead a cleanliness campaign as well.”
The doctors on this team are from various hospitals of Delhi. Dr Swaiman Singh said: “I will move out only when the protesters do. I am indebted to the farmers for what they suffer to feed the country.”



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