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View from the right: Holistic wellness

An editorial in the Organiser argues that Ayurveda is often referred to as an alternative medical science.

An editorial in the Organiser argues that Ayurveda is often referred to as an alternative medical science. Just as natural solar energy is considered an alternative source of power while artificially generated power is seen as the main source of energy, in healthcare, the natural is considered alternative. However, the “reality is traditional practices are original and complete in approach; and… Western medical science has emerged as supplementary rather than an alternative… Western medical science has come with better diagnostic technology and vaccines and the important role it can play is to support the natural practices of wellness…” argues the editorial.

It says the distrust between doctors and companions of patients is striking in the multi-speciality or super-speciality hospitals because relatives are not given details of the course of treatment and doctors are not sure of the diagnosis: “The nexus between drug companies and doctors is no hidden fact…” The article argues that the history of “Science of Life Care (Ayurveda)” shows that, conventionally, health was not limited to physical fitness: “It’s only with the evolution of modern Western medical science that the word health is equated with ‘wealth and physical treatments’. It does not mean that the ‘Western modern’ medical practices have had no contribution in wellness.” The editorial urges a holistic concept of wellness, primarily based on traditional wisdom.

CPM to BJP

An article in the Organiser says there has been an exodus of leaders from the CPM to the BJP: “What started as a small rivulet, prior to the Lok Sabha elections 2014, has developed into a major flood with thousands of cadres of [the] CPM holding top posts… flocking to BJP.” It happened in all 14 districts of Kerala in the last six months. Terming the CPM as a “dead party with a failed ideology”, the Hindu cadres have taken the “natural route” to the “resurgent BJP.” It claims that 1,500 people from prominent parties joined the state BJP at a convention on October 22.

The article alleges that the CPM tried to stem this flow and had “masterminded the savage butchery” of an RSS leader, E. Manoj, in Kannur district. “The rattled CPM is even organising Ganesh Pujas and Krishna Jayanti processions to prevent its bulk Hindu cadres from going to [the] BJP. It has granted permission to its cadres to go to temples…” The article also says that since the Congress in Kerala is “pro-Muslim and pro-Christian”, Congress workers are also flocking to the BJP. The BJP has got more than 20 lakh votes in the northern districts of Kerala, where the CPM has been dominating, and its vote share has gone up from 6.4 per cent to 10.8 per cent in the state. “Now, the stage is set for [the] BJP making massive inroads in the 2015 local body polls and 2016 assembly polls. What started as a Modi wave is now a Modi tsunami,” says the article.

Nation’s hour

At the closing ceremony of the Yuva Sankalp Shivir in Agra, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the Sangh prepares disciplined youth, with a host of qualities and values, as a result of which its volunteers are serving in various fields. To understand the Sangh, one has to come to the Shakha and practise, take part in programmes and imbibe its value system. An attempt to understand the Sangh from a distance could lead to misunderstandings. Bhagwat said if change has to be brought about in the country, one will have to change oneself: “So take responsibility and devote at least one hour a day to the country because nothing will change till you do it…”

Compiled by Liz Mathew