EXTREMELY DEPLORABLE CONDITION OF HOMOEOPATHY IN INDIA.
Will it please your Excellency.
The present condition of homoeopathy in this country deserves Your Excellencys best and most serious attention. Homoeopathy is now undoubtedly a recognised system of medical treatment all over the civilised world. The Republican Governments of the United States of America, France, Germany the birth place of homoeopathy, where its founder, Samuel Fredric Hahnemann lived and made his discovery, and in many other parts of Europe, America, Africa, Australia, New-Zealand, homoeopathy holds an honorable position and is recognised by the State. But, here in India, its condition is extremely deplorable.
Neglect of Homoeopathy in India.
If homoeopathy has not been recognised by the Indian Government as yet, it is not for any intrinsic defects if its own, but decidedly for want of sympathy from those who hold the reigns of the Government in their hands. For the last three or four years, tremendous efforts are being made by all sections of people in his country, to help homoeopathy in receiving its recognition from the State. Sometime back, Mr. Ghyasuddin, a member of the Central Assembly from the Punjab, moved a resolution there which was passed by the majority of the members present but inspite of this, the purport of this resolution remains unfulfilled as yet.
Still homoeopathy, with all its utility and suitability in the treatment of patients who suffer and die in their thousands during the epidemics of cholera, plague and influenza, has not been introduced in the municipal and district board dispensaries and hospitals. Homoeopathy has not got any place upto this time in the civil, military and railway hospitals and dispensaries of this country. This, no doubt, is a very great obstacle in the way of the spread of the true type of homoeopathy in India.
The Government of India as well as the provincial Governments cannot deny that the demand for the recognition of homoeopathy by the State has been very persistent for the last 3 or 4 years both by the laity as well as by the profession itself. Hundreds of M.L. A.S. in different provincial legislatures have put in their resolutions for the recognition of homoeopathy by the State and for the introduction of homoeopathic treatment in the medical institutions of the Government. Homoeopathic Medical Faculty Bills are on the anvils of almost every legislature in the provinces.
Indian Poverty and Homoeopathy
It will have to be boldly admitted that the reasons which the Government are putting forth in this connection are not sound. India is a proverbially poor country. Its industrial and agricultural resources are still undeveloped. As a results of this, the village as well as the city people who fall ill in season or out of season have to go without treatment. It has been observed that homoeopathy in rural as well as in urban areas is doing wonders in relieving and curing the millions of masses even while it is being handled by quacks and men of defective knowledge about Homoeopathy.
How wise it would have been on the part of our Government if it would have introduced homoeopathy at least for the treatment of millions of masses in rural areas whom I have seen during like flies during the epidemics of cholera, plague and influenza and other fell diseases without any sort of treatment for their utter poverty and misery. Injections and quinine treatment are very costly for the poor villagers, however great the safeguards of the medical department of the Government may be to protect them from the ravages of this costly treatment.
It is common experience that these poor villages have to fall a prey into the hands of medical staff and officers who often extract the price of medicine and treatment from these poverty- stricken people in order to show a margin of saving in the expense of the Government. If the much cheaper system of homoeopathy was adopted, there would have been facilities for both the doctors and the patients. It goes without saying that the introduction of homoeopathy as a State-recognised system of medical treatment would at once go a long way to remove unemployment in the educated classes.
Regard must be paid also to the fact that in addition to removing unemployment, homoeopathy, owing to its measured and definite dose of medicine, has saved the people from the disastrously evil effects of medication and drugging. It is particularly on this reasoning that homoeopathy is finding its popularity in western countries such as Europe and America.