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Balancing Act: Health minister praises Ramdev after he retracts controversial statements

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The Centre, it seems, is doing a balancing act when it comes to the controversy that erupted after yoga guru Ramdev’s remarks on allopathic medicine. While Union health minister Harsh Vardhan asked Ramdev to withdraw his controversial remarks after IMA’s warning saying that his statement disrespected India’s COVID warriors, the minister lauded the yoga guru for his maturity after he retracted the statement.

What the minister said

After Ramdev withdrew the statement, Harsh Vardhan took to Twitter to praise the yoga guru. He said, “The way yoga guru Ramdev withdrew his statements against allopathic medicine and halted the controversy over the issue is laudable and shows his maturity. We have to show the world how the people of India have faced COVID-19. Of course, our victory is certain!”

Ramdev withdraws statement

After a strongly worded two-page letter by Harsh Vardhan, Ramdev retracted his statements on allopathic medicine. In a letter to the health minister, the yoga guru said, “We do not oppose modern medical science and allopathy. We believe that allopathy has shown immense progress in surgery and the lifesaving system and served humanity. My statement has been quoted as part of a WhatsApp message that I was reading during a meeting of volunteers. I am sorry if it has hurt anyone’s sentiment.”

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A video had gone viral in which Ramdev was heard saying at a recent event, “Lakhs of people have died because of allopathic medicines, far more than those who died because they did not get treatment or oxygen.” He also purportedly called allopathy a “stupid and bankrupt” science.

What IMA said

After the video emerged, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) sent a legal notice to Ramdev demanding a written apology for his statement. In a statement on Saturday, the IMA said that the yoga guru should be prosecuted under the Epidemic Diseases Act because his “untutored” statements are “a threat to the literate society of the country as well as to the poor people falling prey to him.”

“If the minister (Harsh Vardhan) does not take suo motu action, we will be forced to resort to democratic means of struggle to propagate the truth to the common man. We will knock at the doors of the judiciary to get due justice,” the IMA had said.

 

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