Random Thoughts on the 4th National Ayurveda Day (Part-2)

Random Thoughts on the 4th National Ayurveda Day (Part-2)

The objectives of Ayurveda Day

The main aim of the Government in observing the Day is to further promote Ayurveda into the mainstream healthcare system and to tap into the well known strengths of Ayurveda to address some of the serious public health challenges of the country. Various efforts are taken up as part of the Ayurveda Day activities to contribute towards National Health Policy and various public health programmes. In addition, the Day also creates awareness among the youth about Ayurvedic principles of daily living. 

The Ministry of Ayush has taken up many praise-worthy measures to meet these objectives. On the first Ayurveda Day, the Ministry launched the campaign ‘Mission Madhumeha through Ayurveda’. The implementation of the mission was carried out through a specially designed National Treatment Protocol. With the help of the protocol, emphasis was placed on treating Diabetes with the help of Ayurveda and its effective management. Since then, the Ministry of Ayush has been consistent in coming out with ideas and measures on or around the Ayurveda Day each year, and through them, in taking the rewards of Ayurveda to the public.  

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi graced the main event of the Second Ayurveda Day held on 17th October 2019, the highlight of which was that the All India Institute of Ayurveda, SaritaVihar, New Delhi was dedicated to the Nation. The theme of the 2nd Ayurveda Day was “Ayurveda for Pain Management”. 

The third Ayurveda Day was observed on 4th  November 2018 on the theme Ayurveda for Public Health. The Ministry also organised a National Seminar on “Enterpreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda” in association with NITI Aayog at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi on the occasion.The Ayurveda Day observations so far have these helped to add to the body of knowledge in Ayurveda, and also to showcase the rewards of this glorious science before the public.

“Though I am an Ayurveda doctor, I don’t see Ayurveda as a source of income for me”, says Dr. Rajesh Gupta, BAMS, a popular Ayurveda physician who works out of his clinic in Old Faridabad. “For me it is a way of living life properly, and also an opportunity to serve fellow human beings.” Patients from all walks of society can be seen visiting his clinic on Saturday and Sunday. On weekdays, he practices from a reputed hospital in Faridabad. On asking him about Ayurveda and observation of Ayurveda Day, he says “I was motivated by my father to pursue Ayurvedic studies as he was also an Ayurvedic doctor. The best part about Ayurveda is that it is affordable and doesn’t discriminate on the basis of gender, status or other superficial parameters. I would like to congratulate and also praise the efforts of the Government for giving importance to Ayurveda and spreading awareness about it by dedicating a Day to it.” 

Ayurveda Day 2019

As revealed by sources in the Ayush Ministry, a range of activities are being organized around the theme ‘Ayurveda for Longevity’ as part of the Ayurveda Day observation in 2019.  Events including public lectures, health camps, distribution of medicinal plants, quiz competitions, nukkadnatak etc. are planned keeping in mind the interests of various age groups, communities etc.  Stake holders like Ayush Departments of State Governments, Ayurveda Colleges and private entreprises dedicated to Ayurveda have also been coopted to take the activities to a larger audience.  Care is taken to maintain a grass-roots focus in the observation by emphasising more on healthcare activities and less on celebrations.

The Ministry of Ayush confers deserving Ayurveda experts with the National Dhanwantri Ayurveda Award every year on Ayurveda Day. The award comprises of a citation, a trophy (Dhanwantari Statue) and a cash reward of rupees five lakhs. It is presented to those experts who have contributed significantly to the society through their practice or knowledge of Ayurveda. The awardees of 2019 will be announced and felicitated on the occasion of 4th National Ayurveda Day on 25th October 2019. 

The main event of the Fourth Ayurveda Day will be organized on 25th October, 2019 at Jaipur, Rajasthan. The National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur will host the event. A National Conference on ‘Ayurveda for Longevity’ would be the part of the observation, and this will be organized on 24th October, 2019 at the NIA auditorium. On 25th October DhanwantariPujan and “National Dhanwantari Ayurveda Awards -2019” ceremony will be held at NIA. Shri Om Birla, Speaker, LokSabha will be the Chief Guest, and ShriShripadYessoNaik, the Union Ayush Minister will participate in the event. A delegation of 25 participants of Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) will also attend the events of 4th Ayurveda Day observation.

A final thought…

What the Ayurveda Day brings up in my mind is a conversation that I had some time back with Gajendar, a gardener working at different houses and establishments to make his ends meet. “When my son was identified with Type-2 Diabetes at an age which I thought was too young for diabetes, my entire family went into a state of shock”, he had revealed. “I had lost all hopes as treating such a complex and serious disease is quite costly in today’s time. However, God extended his help to us in the form of Ayurvedic medicines. These medicines are affordable to me, and his diabetes has been under control since the start of the Ayurveda course. I now have my complete trust in Ayurveda and its medicines.”

On this Ayurveda Day, let us remember Gajender and his family for whom Ayurveda brought back not just positive prospects of normal life but also financial security. His experience proves that Ayurveda has the potential to extend its healing touch to millions and to make a place in everyone’s hearts.

Last updated on May 19th, 2021 at 12:10 pm

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