Dr. Diwan Jai Chand, D. P. H. (Edin), D. T. M. (L Pool), L. M. (Dub.), L. R. F. P. & S. (Glas.), L. R. C. P., L. R. C. S. Edin), etc., had been an Associate Editor of this Journal from its very inception. Now that his professional and other engagements keep him too busy to continue giving his attention to the Homoeopathic Herald he retires from its Editorship from this mouth. With a painful heart his co-editors make this announcement. May his labours in the new field of his activities be crowned with success.
Cozenage is the order of the day. It is practised either for gain of money or for gain of notoriety; and in some instances it is done for putting appearances to beguile credulous people. Analyze it and we find cozeners and coxcombs are invariably weaklings.
In the “Maharashtra” of Wednesday, the 4th December 1940, appeared a paragraph that the All-India Homoeopathic Conference will be held at Nagpur on the 28th and 29th December 1940 under the presidency of Dr. S. M. Sadiq, and that Dr. L. D. Dhawale, M. D., of Bombay, will open the conference.
I rubbed my eyes over and over again and read this paragraph several times, as I could not persuade myself to identify Dr. Dhawale with this Homoeopathic conference. As there are many things in heaven and earth other than what are dreamt of in human philosophy, so I felt my way very cautiously to arrive at a conclusion.
That paragraph in the “Maharashtra” had two effects, like one stone killing two birds. Number one, it lent an air of importance extraordinary to the conference in the estimation of delegates and visitors who thought of attending it; and Number two, poor Dr. Dhawale was beset with hundreds of enquiries from all parts of India about what was a piece of thoroughly astounding news to him.
The bewildered doctor had not received any invitation or intimation from any of the conveners of the conference. And the 28th of December was speedily approaching, with growing expectations in the hearts of delegates and visitors.
The very first official intimation of the plot received by Dr. Dhawale, was on the 24th December 1940, in the shape of a telegram which reads: “Your love for homoeopathy made us request you to open our homoeopathic conference please oblige and come to nagpur to perform opening on 27th decr.–Dr. Kathalay.”
In this telegram, the words “made us request”, in the past tense,is the acme of perfection, lending to it a harmonizing colour which would evade scrupulous eyes and ears when the telegram would be read in the open conference. The verb in its past tense was the smoke-screen.
Came the following reply from Bombay on the 25th December: “Thanks for telegraphic invitation cant accept because of appointments. Wish success for Homoeopathic conference–DR. Dhawale.” The naughty savant of Bombay spoiled the music by inserting the word telegraphic to quality invitation, thus precluding its reading to the open conference ; his inability to attend was only verbally announced.
The above exposure of camera tells its own tale, and I leave all concerned to draw conclusion.
Addressing the Foundation Day gathering at King Georges Medical College, Lucknow, H. E. Sir Maurice Hallett stressed that it would be a misfortune to disregard the help and experience which different systems of medicine can draw from one another, and that the systems of medicine which carry the confidence of great numbers and which have borne and test of centuries are of value. (Italics are mine).
Homoeopathy carries confidence of very great numbers in both hemispheres and has borne the test of two centuries, yet it is denied catholicity and recognition.