Thursday the 14th of April 1940 is a memorable day in the annals of Homoeopathy in India. This day on the floors of the Bengal Legislative Assembly The Honble Nawab Bahadur of Dhacca, Minister of Public Health, announced that “A Homoeopathic Faculty was going to be established very soon; they had collected a large sum of money and the Faculty was going to be established within a few weeks.”
So the ONE GREAT HOPE of the lakhs of Homoeopathic practitioners of BEngal is to materialize very soon. After having patiently waited all these years a few weeks more is not likely to break ones heart. On behalf of the lakhs of them we tender gratitude to the Honble Nawab Bahadur.
The Homoeopathic profession is none the less beholden to Mr. Nauserali Khan, Ex-minister, and the Honble Mr. Tamizuddin Khan for their genuine help and push in bringing the Faculty to its statutory position.
It would be iniquitous to forget Mr. P. Banerjee, M. L. A, in this connection. He sponsored the Bill in the legislative assembly introducing it in 1937 and resolutely keeping the strain till the announcement was made on the 14th April. Thats the way to serve ones province. Bengal lovingly places her laurel on this trusty sons brow.
It would be interesting to know how and in what way and to what extent A.C. Members laboured for the birth of this Faculty. By and by, we propose to present entertaining episodes of the Facultys intra-uterine life.
The air, earth and water of Bengal will now be moved and shaken and seduced in the forthcoming wrestle for scoring seats in the General Council of The Homoeopathic Medical Faculty. It reminds us of the strategical meetings, election tour-de-force, solicitations and what not, on the occasion of forming the now disintegrated Advisory Committee, in order to find an ingress and thereby earn a reflection of visionary importance in the eyes of credulous mofussilites.
At that adventure many laughed aloud, others laughed in their sleeves; for, the Honble Minister just missed to apply any standard conditioning admission to the late Advisory Committee. In some cases, even party fellows had subsequently realized their egregious error of judgment.
The editorial of our last months issue will sustain repetition today. Its concluding paragraph runs thus: “It may be necessary for the Honble Minister to appoint a sub-protem Council to initiate and implement the Faculty. His experiences will guard him against any improvident move or lenity with any unrestricted passion for unmerited elevation.
A three-day-long celebration of the anniversary of The Ramkrishna Medical Education Society for Women was solemnised on the 3rd., 4th., and 5th. April 1940, at 128, Lansdowne Road, Calcutta. The Honble Sir B.P. Singha Roy, The Honble Nawab K. Habibullah Bahadur of Dhacca, Mrs. E.H. Rankin, Mr. Tusar Kanti Ghose, Mr. Pulin Behari Mullick, M.L.A., and many other men and women of importance graced the occasion with their august presence.
In view of the dire poverty of the country Medical education on Homoeopathic principles is admittedly the best suited to India, part from Homoeopathys superiority over other systems of treatment. Unless the donors conveyance interdicts Homoeopathy, this medical system should replace the expensive, speculative and spectacular system of allopathy in this humanitarian institution.
It should not be impossible to bring out one or two woman-M.D. professors from New York or Philadelphia to teach the students Homoeopathy; for other allied subjects women teaches will be available in this country. It will then be a model institution and useful to the entire nation, without encircling its popularity and activity with the elite and the top-milk.
On the 10th. April, The Mayor of Calcutta unveiled a life-size portrait of the late Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar, M. D., D.L., C.I.E., the great Homoeopathic evangelist of India.
The Flag Day Collections held in December 1939 amounted to Rs. 7906-7-0, which has since been distributed amongst the various hospitals and institutions in Calcutta and Howrah. Not a single Homoeopathic Hospital or Our-door dispensary appears on the list of the recipients of this benevolence. Perhaps the distributors had taken it for granted that amongst the multitude of contributors to this charity collections there was none inclined towards Homoeopathy. Believers in Homoeopathy should beware and tighten their purse strings on the next occasion of these collections.
A Delhi news of the Associated PRess of February 29, reported that a hospital in change of Russian doctors has recently been opened if Khotan in the Tibetan frontiers. WE wonder if they follow the Homoeopathic system of treatment.
The Drug Bill of 1940 was sent to a Select Committee whose report on it is now ready. A minute of dissent has been recorded by three members of the committee and their opinion and trust these will be adopted forthwith. One of the dissenting points is that the Bill provides “No control over Unani, Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic patents.”
As to Homoeopathic patents let us tell the Honble Law Member and all legislators that Homoeopathy inhibits any and all patents, and as such a provision should be made in the Bill for immediate destruction of such fraudulent preparations and for penalising importers, local manufacturers and all vendors of such patents. It is the worst form of deception contrived to exploit the diseased people.