While there is no verifiable official record of the oldest man living in India, the oldest living man in the world today is an American, James McCoubrey, who was born in 1901 making him about 112 years old today. But it seems that West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) has just identified the oldest living Indian who happens to be a doctor who graduated from Calcutta University with MB (Bachelors in Medicine), a degree that has been abolished from India decades ago, and got himself registered with WBMC in the year 1932. In those times, most students could enter medical school only after completion of general Bachelors (B.Sc.). Of course, a physician becomes eligible to register with the state medical council only after completion of a mandatory Internship that can take one year or longer after passing from medical school. Taking together, this man, Dr. P.P. Bhattacharyya with WBMC Registration No. 8670 (according to the Electoral List published by WBMC) would be almost 110 years old now. Even more amazing, WBMC has claimed that this doctor-electorate has already voted in the WBMC Election 2013.
As reported earlier, there has been serious allegations of massive rigging and ballot snatching by the medical groups belonging to the ruling Trinamool-Congress (TMC) party despite the fact that this council election is being held only at court’s direction after PBT moved Calcutta High Court challenging the Adhoc Committee which was formed with few loyal doctor-supporters of Mamata Banerjee after she came to power in 2011. In fact, all candidates except those backed by the ruling TMC have already boycotted this election in protest of the massive voting fraud as the final counting of votes is continued only in the presence of the TMC candidates. But in order to show that WBMC is performing a credible job in counting of votes, council published the “minutes” of vote counting on their website (www.wbmc.in) yesterday in which it has been claimed that several ballots bearing different “serial numbers” were verified in the course of vote counting on July 3, 2013.
Ironically, among the “serial numbers” allegedly verified by WBMC was one of Dr. Bhattacharyya who would be well over 100 years old if he is still living today. It is likely that putting the “serial number” of a doctor who would be the oldest living person in India in order to highlight credibility was an inadvertent mistake by the WBMC Registrar, Mr. D.K. Ghosh, who has been staunchly supporting, from the very beginning, the candidates backed by the ruling party. Shockingly, ballot for PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, who is also contesting this election has never been delivered to him and as such, he could not vote in this election. PBT has lodged a formal complaint today with the Human Rights Commission about this bizarre development and will bring this issue in the court after this farcical election is finally over.