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Tulsidas Dasappa, Gandhian social worker, invited the photo exhibition next to Bangalore where V Srinivasa Raju of Navachetna Trust arranged around it a series of lectures and slide shows at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and a number of medical institutions in the city from June 9 to 14, 1997.

 

The photo exhibition then moved to Calcutta where the Andhra Association, thanks to past president Farida Hussain, mounted the show on June 21 and 22 with top medical scientists of the city as guest speakers at the inaugural function. 

 

The last call of the Centenary exhibition created by Muthu Koya was Chennai, the City which had helped SubbaRow find his paramartha or prime motive in life and trained him for his mission.  A campaign by Mangalam Swaminathan got the University of Madras, which had somehow lost track of its most illustrious son, to celebrate the Centenary on July 9, 2001, almost seven years behind the rest of the Nation. The enthusiasm of the University administration, faculty and students made up for all the delay, and the inaugural was highlighted by the presentation of Suman Kapur, the biochemist, on data which promises a diagnostic tool based on the Phosphorus Method for prostatic cancer. The day after its inauguration on the University's Guindy Campus, the exhibition moved to the nearby Periyar Science and Technology Centre where for four days, from the 10th to the 13th, it attracted thousands of school children from all over Tamilnadu visiting Chennai on organised excursions to the adjoining planetarium.

 

While Koya's exhibition panels remained in storage at the University of Madras for two years before the exposition, Ravi Narain created a new set for display at the annual conference in New Delhi of the Association of Physicians of India (API) in the last week of January 2001. Physicians from all over India got sensitised to SubbaRow's key role in getting the medical profession effective weapons to fight such a wide range of ailments against which they had been, previous to him, so helpless.

 

A year later, on January 12, 2002, the 107th birth anniversary, Dr Kannan, now Dean of Biotechnology at the new Indraprastha University in Delhi, decided to bring home the Centenary exhibition whose national tour he had initiated.  Since Koya's panels had aged and been dismantled after the Chennai exposition, it was Ravi's computer-aided panels that went on display at Indraprastha to complement the day-long symposium.  The topic was appropriately biotechnology of which SubbaRow was a forerunner with phosphorus nucleotides which had to be re-discovered by others because he could not publish them from Harvard. Indraprastha's First Yellapragada SubbaRow Memorial Lecture was by Asis Datta, Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, on 'Nutritional Genomics: Commitment to Society'.  Young students of Indraprastha University followed him at a seminar on "Excitements in Biotechnology" with papers testifying to their training on the very frontiers of the newest science.

 

SubbaRow was no more an Unknown or Unsung Hero of Science, not in his Motherland at any rate. The long-drawn-out Centenary programme, the media and public response as well as the plethora of newspaper and magazine profiles in English and all the major languages of India barring Malayalam, and analytical pieces in medical and science journals ensured this.  Also an abridgement of IN QUEST OF PANACEA, the biography of SubbaRow, was published by the Andhra University in a Telugu translation by R V Rao, and by Kannada Pusthaka Pradhikara in a Kannada translation by Dr H D Chandrappa Gowda. Besides, the organising committee of the original 1994 Memorial Symposium has taken up the publication of a Hindi translation by B K Misra, and the present album in pictures and words has been taken up by Vigyan Prasar.

 

There is nevertheless a palpable sense of dissatisfaction among SubbaRow's admirers in the scientific community and among the public at large that a Bharat Ratna has eluded him posthumously as had a Nobel in his lifetime.

 

Meanwhile there is no stopping the juggernaut of SubbaRow's virtual panaceas, folic acid, Methotrexate, tetracycline and DEL.  There is no end to the ever new miracles being performed by the Miracle Man's Miracle Drugs.  The new 21st Century conquests by his 20th Century remedies are reported every now and then.  The latest report by medical investigators, in the second quarter of 2002, is that folic acid has proved to be a male fertility drug.

 

 SubbaRow would have considered these rewards to be fulfilling enough although they would not have induced the medical warrior to retired from his battles against diseases which still afflict humankind!  
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