A PIL has been filed in the Gujarat High Court seeking its direction to pharmaceutical firms to print names of medicines and food items along with their composition in Gujarati and Hindi. The PIL is likely to be heard post Diwali vacation. The petitioner Aditya K Raval, president of Vishwa Hindustani Sangathan, has argued that Article 21 of the Constitution gives right to life and liberty, which also includes the right to live a healthy life.
The petitioner said common people can’t read the names and composition written about food and medicines in English and therefore, the pharmaceutical firms should be directed to print names and features in Gujarati and Hindi. He also filed a separate PIL against Ramdev for selling and distributing shilajeet, a product to enhance sexual prowess. The plea alleged that by using the name of Patanjali, a great seer, the yoga guru has hurt religious sentiments.