Chennai: Amid the ongoing scuffle between the Indian Medical Association and Baba Ramdev, IMA chief Dr. JA Jayalal said that it will consider taking back the police complaints lodged against yoga guru Ramdev along with the defamation notice sent to him once he withdraws his remarks against COVID-19 vaccines and modern medicine.
He also said that the association had nothing against Ramdev but his remarks against covid-19 vaccines and the modern system of medicine for the treatment against coronavirus were such that it could confuse and divert people.
The exchange of words between yoga guru and the medical apex body has been in going back and forth in headlines. The scuffle which started with a viral video where Ramdev was seen commenting derogatorily on allopathy moved onto a Twitter post by yoga guru where he lobbed 25 questions to IMA asking why modern medicine has not found the permanent relief from ailments such as hypertension. It did not end here as in another video; he was seen saying that nobody’s father has the guts to arrest him.
Dr. Jayalal said that if the yoga guru comes forward to withdraw his remarks in their entirety, only then the IMA will consider taking back complaints against him in police stations and the defamation notice.
Earlier, the IMA had filed a defamation notice on Ramdev for alleged derogatory remarks against modern medicine and its practitioners. As per the notice, an apology was demanded from him within 15 days. In case if he fails to do so, the notice said that an appropriate action for ₹ 1,000 crore compensation would be taken on him.
The IMA chief said that complaints have been filed against Baba Ramdev in many places besides Delhi. Also, the association has requested Prime Minister Modi to take required action against the yoga guru.
Dr. Jayalal, who is Professor and Head of Department of Surgery at Government Kanyakumari Medical College Hospital in Tamil Nadu, said, “The yoga guru’s remarks, against the vaccination or modern medicine for covid-19 questioned government’s wisdom. Rather, Baba Ramdev should advise his followers to get vaccinated and support the government in its fight against the pandemic.”
The IMA chief recalled a recent incident of Tamil Nadu, where an actor Mansoor Ali Khan was arrested after he raised doubts over the vaccine following the death of popular Tamil comedian Vivek after he got the vaccine dose.
And now, he said that action is being taken by the IMA against Ramdev, and if the government too acted against such people, it would strengthen the nation’s fight against COVID-19.
While answering one question, he said that the state government of Tamil Nadu government has recommended Kaba Sura Kudineer (Indian medicine) for boosting immunity but it has never been questioned because only after weighing all factors, the government recommends vaccination and drugs.
According to him, the most important thing today is the fight against deadly coronavirus. But when prominent individuals claim whatever they wish, it diverts people and confuses them even more. And all this goes against the efforts of both the government and medical workers to handle the pandemic.
On some practitioners of modern medicine prescribing Indian systems of medicine for specific conditions, he said that a drug can be prescribed by a practitioner only if he or she is qualified and trained in that particular system of medicine.
Ramdev’s close aide Acharya Balkrishna took to Twitter, saying the yoga guru and Ayurveda are being targeted by allopathic practitioners under the IMA as part of a conspiracy to convert the entire country into Christianity.