ALL INDIA HOMOEOPATHIC CONVENTION WELCOME ADDRESS


The life of Hahnemann is there to encourage us; the masterful will of his dynamic spirit is there to inspire us to intensify our activities; his achievements are there to goad us to realise greater success; and his personality is always before us to take lessons from, in our life which as Swami Vivekananda puts it, is “a process of unfolding and development of a being under circumstances tending to press it down.”


Mr. President, Friends and Colleagues.

It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to extend a hearty welcome to you all to this city at this All India Homoeopathic Convention held on the occasion of Bi-centennial Birth-day Anniversary of our great Master Hahnemann. This is the city where Homoeopathy was first introduced by Rajendra Lal Dutta of hallowed memory, who spent a princely fortune for dissemination of its principles and practice among his countrymen.

This is the city where took place the dramatic conversion of one of the then medical luminaries of the first magnitude, to the practice of Homoeopathy under the influence of Rajendra Lal. I mean Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar who became the high priest of Homoeopathy, spread its glory far and wide and gained thereby an international reputation for himself.

This is the city where the celebrities of Homoeopathy like Dr. Berigny, Dr. Salzar, Dr. P.C. Majumdar, Dr. D. N. Roy. Dr. Younan, Dr. J.N. Majumdar, Dr. Baridbaran Mukherji, Dr. S.K. Nag, Dr. A.N. Mukherji, Dr. T.N. Palit, Dr. G. Dirghangi and a host of other talented physicians practised their profession with credit and success and held aloft the banner of Homoeopathy. This is the city where exist pioneer institutions for the teaching of Homoeopathy. This is the city wherefrom Homoeopathy has spread to all parts of India and its votaries are doing yeomans service for the good of the suffering humanity.

We are meeting this evening on a historic occasion and we have to arrive at decisions which might make or mar the future history of Homoeopathy in India. It may be that forces of disruption, destruction and obstruction are at work; it may be that self and vested interests seem to thwart the smooth progress of Homoeopathy; it may be that some may seem to play in the hands of the Powers that are not too sympathetic to the cause of Homoeopathy; it may be that the present seems to be chaotic and future of Homoeopathy dubious but great is truth indeed and will prevail. We should not lose heart or throw up the sponge.

Tradition, authority, sectarianism, dogmatism are great obstacles on the way. But obstacles and difficulties are meant to be fought out and overcome. Strifes and dissensions, discords and disunities may hamper our progress but they are nonetheless signs of lifes activities. It is a good augury that the Homoeopathic profession is shaking off its age – long slumber and getting more and more conscious of its duties and obligation, its rights and privileges and of its short – comings and practical difficulties.

The life of Hahnemann is there to encourage us; the masterful will of his dynamic spirit is there to inspire us to intensify our activities; his achievements are there to goad us to realise greater success; and his personality is always before us to take lessons from, in our life which as Swami Vivekananda puts it, is “a process of unfolding and development of a being under circumstances tending to press it down.”

That Homoeopathy is a scientific system of treatment, philosophically sound, logically unimpeachable, practically highly efficacious in curing the sick and cheap enough to suit the poor economic condition of the Indian masses – has become a much talked – of subject in the country. But why is it not spreading sufficiently and adequately in our motherland or in fact anywhere in the world?

Why is our National Government not still keen on according official recognition to this superb system of healing art or providing ways and means for its development and diffusion? Why the public opinion is not gaining strength enough to put sufficient pressure on our Government to take interest in it? Why sufficient number of fully equipped Homoeopathic teaching institutions and hospitals are not growing to turn out adequate number of fully qualified Homoeopathic physicians in the country?

B. K. Sarkar