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Doctors’ association calls for ‘Black Day’ to protest against Ramdev’s remarks on June 1

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: A doctors’ association – Federation of resident doctors’ association (FORDA) – has called for a nationwide protest on June 1 against the “derogatory and distasteful statements” made by yoga guru Baba Ramdev. The association it will observe the June 1 as ‘Black Day’.

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The call has been given to condemn the distasteful remarks made by Baba Ramdev, FORDA said. It added that patient care will not be hampered by the day-long protest.

The India Medical Association (IMA) strongly objected to Ramdev’s statement, made last week, and demanded action against him.

“It is stated that the accused being a businessman, in order to take advantage of the present situation and his large public following, is wilfully and deliberately advancing dishonest representations… about allopathy and modern medicine… and to swindle them into parting with their monies by taking Swami Ramdev’s unapproved and dubious drugs,” the IMA said in a 14-page complaint sent to the Centre.

It all started after Ramdev called allopathy a “stupid science” in an interview. Following which the IMA criticised the yoga guru and asked for an unconditional apology, which Ramdev had to furnish on May 30 after being cautioned by the Union health minister.

“IMA brings to the notice of our Health Minister, a video circulating in social media portraying, the celebrated Yoga Guruji saying that ‘modern allopathy ek aisi stupid aur diwaliya science hai’ (modern allopathy is a stupid and failed science),” the association had said in its statement.

On Wednesday last week, IMA asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take strict action against Ramdev for spreading misinformation about vaccines due to which ASHA workers tasked with Covid vaccination were attacked by people fallen for his claims, reported media.

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