Mr. M S Krishna Murthy
former Sr Investigator (EPS)
Out of all the research studies I was associated
with, the base line survey at Tumkur was most interesting because
it yielded so much information about a district which could be used
in the NTP. I consider the longitudinal survey the most difficult.
To repeat the same activities in the same area and get high coverages
throughout is not easy.
The most influential scientists I interacted with
were Drs Raj Narain and Nagpaul. Raj Narain was a great administrator,
a tremendous organiser and extremely practical. He had a tremendous
ability to obtain sensitive data. Dr Nagpaul was great in a different
way. He was a strict disciplinarian, dedicated and a inimitable
teacher. One day, I was with Mr Rama Rao, his PA. He showed me a
typed script he had just completed and said in a voice filled with
wonder: Krishnamurthy, this is to be sent for publication,
you know; Nagpaul dictated it in one go. After I typed a draft,
I showed it to him. He made only two or three corrections that is
I had also worked for the Chingleput BCG trial.
Dr Raj Narain was its Project Director. It was running with PL480
funds for some time. Suddenly, funds stopped. There was no money
even to pay salaries. The trial was in the intake stage. Dr Raj
Narain tried every source but the bureaucracy did not understand
the implication of closure at this stage. So, Dr Raj Narain used
WHO dollars meant for special purposes and kept the project going.
He was hauled up in Delhi. Dr Raj Narain gave the secretary appropriate
reasons for taking this arbitrary decision. The Secretary was convinced.
The trial was resurrected. ICMR was asked to take it over. When
Raj Narain talked, everyone listened. His eyes would literally light
As to significant changes in my work attitude,
I would say it came from the WHO and other international staff.
They showed how important work is for science and for people. They
inspired us to work hard.