Country Is Fighting Pandemic, But Yoga Guru Ramdev Is blaming Doctors: ExplainedMay 31, 2021
The fight between Ayurveda and Allopathy for supremacy against each other is making headlines amid pandemic. It is absurd and unwarranted, as we are still amidst the deadliest fight against Coronavirus.
Medical practices have their significance, so as Ayurveda. Both have their expertise in certain areas of medical science. All streams of the medical sector have been amicably growing, with co-existence principle. So, why has the controversy erupted? It seems to appear a clash of egos; subsequently appeared as Yoga guru Ramdev Vs Indian Medical Association.
Ramdev, co-founder, and face of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd; one of the leading brands in India, seems to attack Allopathy to promote his products. His ambitions got an unstoppable impetus in the Modi regime. He has been fearlessly moving forward with the aggressive campaign of ‘swadeshi’ (indigenous). Ramdev’s campaigns and brands enjoy the ruling party’s favour.
But his remarks on doctors’ deaths irked the Centre and had to offer an apology for his statement. Hours later on May 23, once again, he wrote a controversial letter to IMA asking 25 questions. The letter to IMA began a full-fledged war between the medical body and Ramdev. Angered with Yoga guru, the resident doctors’ federation has decided to hold a nationwide strike on June 1. Moreover, the IMA Uttarakhand branch dragged him to court and slapped a defamation notice of Rs 1,000 crore on Ramdev.
The dauntless reaction of combating the Yoga guru indicates that the useless fuss will continue for some time. Baba has been a blue-eyed boy for some media houses but this time even the media is criticizing Ramdev’s statement against Covid vaccines.
There’s no doubt the billionaire Yoga guru is as popular as a Bollywood celebrity and as powerful as a politician. Perhaps these two factors are behind is confidence to challenge Allopathy. Speaking against the Covid vaccine may land a common man in jail under Disaster Management Act. But, it is Ravdev’s political influence that immunized him from such action.
No wise person can say the tussle between the two is right as the nation needs support from all medical practitioners, including Ayurveda to fight Covid-19. Ayurveda is also playing a crucial role to boost immunity in people at large to defeat the deadliest virus.
Ramdev’s contribution to the Yoga sector is incredible. In the last few decades, he successfully inducted Yoga into common men’s lifestyle. The problem begins when he deems himself as the only crusader of Ayurveda. The magnitude of Ayurveda is wide. Patanjali or Ramdev is just a tiny particle in the universe of ancient Ayurveda. Patanjali enjoys the limelight just because it endorses a particular ideology that also suits to ruling BJP. But, what if the regime is changed in the future, then Patanjali will surely be in trouble?
Nuralz, Dabur India Ltd, Baidyanath, Hamdard Laboratories, Zandu Ayurveda Himalaya Wellness, Vicco Laboratories, and many more have been working to promote and amplify Ayurveda. It is Ramdev’s strategy to project Patanjali and himself as ‘Mayi-Baap’ (Guardian) to have a monopoly over the Ayurveda industry. Somewhat, Baba and his company got succeeded as well.
Meanwhile, if Ramdev prolongs this battle, it will be like penny-wise and pound-foolish’. Brand image is very important in business, Ramdev understands this. These days doctors came out as angels and they are saving lives while endangering their own. Thousands of doctors died in the line of duty.
He always claims of being a patriot, talks about nation-building. With such controversy, he will damage the image of a patriotic person. The nation is going through a medical emergency and India needs doctors, not a Baba.