THE TIMID AND SLOTHFUL INVITE DENIAL.
The other day Dr. B. C. Roy, organiser of the Congress Medical Mission, informed the Press that owing to the present unsettled condition now prevailing in the country as also for want of adequate funds the work of the Mission at Goalundoghat had to be abandoned, although sick evacuees from Burma are still coming.
The Congress having been declared an illegal body it naturally follows that all organizations under its aegis must go defunct or otherwise court wrath of law. Howbeit, there is no medical relief centre now at Goalundo to give relief to the sick evacuees from Burma who may be still coming.
Homoeopathy in Bengal has been putting forth its claim to all sorts of privileges, recognition, Faculty and what not, and fretting over the procrastination ever so conspicuous with Government departments in implementing measures that do not readily enlist their grace. Homoeopathy has ever been the Duo Ranee (the disfavoured wife) of the Government.
But, beside having gained confidence and recognition of the public for its own merit, have the practitioners of Homoeopathy yet established any tangible and abiding institution or work of public utility that may compel the respect and favour of the Government ? Adventitiously or for favour of Fortune or for deserving merit a few practitioners succeed in amassing huge sums of money by practising Homoeopathy and then only to bequeath their great harvest of wealth to their heirs to live in sweet idleness or in prodigality. It is their wealth and not their sacrifice for Homoeopathy that raise them to the ranks of Homoeopathic hierarchy.
Now here is an opportunity that seldom repeats itself. The Congress Medical Mission has closed down for want of funds (allopathic system of treatment is prohibitingly expensive for all time), and there is no proposal for any other relief centre being opened at Goalundo ghat to replace the Congress Medical Mission.
Why should not the devotees of Homoeopathy immediately confer and send a Medical Mission to Goalundo ghat to minister to the medical needs of the evacuees from Burma ? Funds ? This system of treatment can be worked with quite an humble aggregate of funds that should also serve as an eye-opener to the power that be.
Calcutta itself is studded with Homoeopathic pharmacies and dispensaries. If according to their size and the volume of business done by each we classify them for purposes of begging contribution we may divide them into three categories and obtain medicines to the value of Rs. 50/- from each of those in Class I., Rs. 25/- from each of those in Class II. and Rs. 15/- from each of those in Class III.
The stock of medicines thus obtained should easily cover requirements for more than twelve months. As for the supply of First Aid dressings, we hope and trust that these may also be collected from the manufacturers of such articles.
Let the practitioners now shed their sloth, lay aside their grievance against circumlocution office and gird up their loins for asserting themselves and proving the worth of Homoeopathy.