Pharma companies across the globe are struggling hard to develop a vaccine to control the COVID-19 patients
“Due to the global pandemic this is certainly a time of crisis but for we Indians, this is also a time for a firm resolve. We must always remember that the present and future of 130 crores will never be dictated by adversity. We will decide our present and our future..” is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi told through a personal letter to his countrymen on the occasion of the first anniversary of his government on May 26, 2020.
But unseen and unheard by the Prime Minister a group of bureaucrats aided by some clueless ministers is derailing and subverting his dream of a developed India. The speed with which India is racing to the top position of the table of countries with the maximum number of Coronavirus patients underscores this fact and has shocked a section of medical fraternity in the country.
The team of physicians was led by the legendary Dr. P R Krishnakumar of Coimbatore Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, who has been honored by Padma Sree by the President of India and who is regularly consulted by heads of countries in Asia and Europe.
Even as pharma companies across the globe are struggling hard to develop a vaccine to control the COVID-19 patients, the Government of India’s Ministry of Ayush, formed to promote the Indian system of medicine stands as a stumbling block in the efforts of the country’s venerated Ayurvedic physicians to control the Coronavirus pandemic by an effective drug.
Modern medicine has failed miserably to develop an effective drug to check control of the COVID-19 pandemic or for that matter, any disease caused by viruses. The common cold, the Spanish Influenza, the swine flu, the birds flu, and the SARS are some of the pandemics caused by viruses that still rule the roost as there are no “effective” drugs available to cure them. Though we have a vaccine by name Tamiflu to administer during swine flu, it is yet to get recognition from the fraternity of physicians because of its side effects. There are many general practitioners like Dr. Margaret McCartney of Glasgow, Britain, who wrote to British Medical Journal complaining about medical associations bullying physicians to prescribe Tamiflu despite the reservations expressed by the former over the efficiency of the medicine.
Immediately after the Spanish Influenza of 1918 which claimed 80 million lives, massive research missions commenced in the developed world to find out a vaccine for the flu. The Cold Research Centre which was opened in London in 1948 functioned for 50 years and published hundreds of research papers but the vaccine for flu or influenza remained elusive. Finally, after spending 500 million Pound Sterling of taxpayers’ money the Cold Research Laboratory wound up its operations in 1999. But before the laboratory was shut down the scientists were magnanimous to tell the world that they failed in their mission but the drug for flu would come from India, from the traditional Indian system of knowledge,” said Prof B M Hegde, renowned Indian cardiologist who retired was the first vice-chancellor of Manipal University and who authored the sentinel volume “What Doctors Don’t Get To Study In Medical School.”
Though the “titans” of modern medicine claim that the vaccine for the Coronavirus is round the corner, there is no sign of it hitting the pharma shops across the globe in the near future. Time is running out as the number of patients succumbing to the Coronavirus is on a Northward journey. It was at this time that the Acharyas of Ayurveda came together and developed a drug and treatment protocol for COVID-19 which they submitted to the Ministry of Ayush under the Government of India.
In a period like this when a pandemic is devouring hundreds of lives every day, the question is how a minister and his secretary could relax and play jumbled word games in social media.
Dr. Krishnakumar and his team of physicians have found the drug effective and without any side-effects
The team of physicians was led by the legendary Dr. P R Krishnakumar of Coimbatore Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, who has been honored by Padma Sree by the President of India and who is regularly consulted by heads of countries in Asia and Europe. For Dr. Krishnakumar, Ayurveda is a life mission and his interest is only in developing a treatment protocol with which the country’s poor too would get affordable healthcare and well being. There was a team of physicians to assist Dr. Krishnakumar and they found the drug effective and without any side-effects. Though Dr. Krishnakumar could have gone ahead and prescribed the drug to his patients, he chose to play by the rules of the game and submitted the drug and protocol details to the Ayush Ministry for clinical trials by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
The ICMR bosses are all from the stream of modern medicine and they have contempt for physicians practicing the Indian System of Medicine. This may be due to the incapability of Ayurvedic physicians to speak Queen’s English and dress in designer trousers and shorts as being done by the desi Europeans practicing modern medicine.
The drug developed by Dr. Krishnakumar and his team was submitted to the Ministry of Ayush, the umbrella organization promoting Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani which are classified as the Indian system of medicine in April 15, 2020. The body which controls the Ayush is also headed by an MBBS doctor who is the drugs controller of India. (Please do not ask what this “babu” knows about Ayurveda because as per the age-old Indian standards, the less one knows about a topic, the better!).
Though it is almost two months since the medicine was submitted for clinical trials, the minister for Ayush Yasso Naik and secretary (Ayush) Rajesh Kotecha did not respond to the queries on the fate of the drug developed by Dr. Krishnkumar. Readers, please understand that Dr. Krishnakumar is not the kind of person who pesters ministers and babus to know about what happened to his application because he is not a fortune seeker. And it is improper on the part of anybody to expect that professionals like Dr. Krishnakumar or his friend and diabetologist of international repute Dr. C V Krishnaswamy of Chennai ringing up the office of a minister or government secretary to seek their blessings. In a period like this when a pandemic is devouring hundreds of lives every day, the question is how a minister and his secretary could relax and play jumbled word games in social media.
Deep-rooted conspiracy to destroy and demolish Ayurvedic stream of medicine
Ayurveda has the solution and it can be bought at affordable prices. When the persons who matter remained unresponsive to the questions, a report appeared in a daily stating that Ayurvedic medicine is getting a raw deal in the hands of the powers that be. The secretary woke up from his slumber and sent a message to Dr. Krishnakumar: “Sir, you have direct access to me. A call to ask the reason would have been better. All of the reputed persons quoted here have also direct access to me. It is unfortunate to read this and it pains more when all of the team of Ayush is working hard.” Dr. Kotecha, an Ayurvedic physician himself, should have taken the lead in getting the drug developed by Dr. Krishnakumar and team clear the clinical trials. But he preferred to be the secretary in the true sense of the word, a person who is the repository of all secrets!
The whole of India is shattering because of the severity of the pandemic. Modern medicine is yet to give any ray of hope about a vaccine that is getting ready somewhere. But an Ayurvedic drug that could improve the immunity power of the population so that the virus causing COVID may have to go in search of other victims would have made India a superpower in healthcare and wellness. But there is every reason to believe what Dr. Krishnaswamy told while asking about the indifference of the Ayush bosses: “There is a deep-rooted conspiracy to destroy and demolish Ayurvedic stream of medicine. It is being hatched in Western capitals where global pharma giants are threatened by the superiority of the simple but effective and humane Ayurveda.”
It is our own countrymen and babus who are responsible for the state of affairs which we see. People like Yasso Naik and Katecha do not deserve to be in their positions. Moreover, the policymakers are yet to understand that there is no need of any clinical trials for Ayurvedic medicines. Clinical Trials are held to assess the adverse drug reactions of newly developed medicine. “But Ayurvedic medicines do not have any adverse drug reactions because any substance causing adverse reactions are neither drug nor medicine,” said Dr. PLT Girija, a lead ayurvedic physician in Chennai. Kotecha, Naik, are you reading this?
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