ONLY A PORTRAIT
The cheapest and the most commonplace fashion of paying homage to a deceased (or a living) person esteemed by his community is to get is portrait displayed at some public hall, preferably in the field of his activities. A movement is afloat to perpetuate in this fashion the revered memory of Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar, M.D., D.L., C.I.E., the illustrious scientist, the high-priest of scientific learning, and the pre-eminent Homoeopathic physician of India, who has been styled THE INDIAN HAHNEMANN. Obviously it is not an ideal conception of a memorial to such a towering personality and a martyr to the cause of Homoeopathy. and the proposal to exhibit his portrait in the hall of the University of Calcutta is all the more dissonant.
It is difficult to comprehend why of all places this particular spot should capture the imagination of the executives of the scheme the University where in his life-time its Faculty of Medicine refused to let Dr. Sircar continue holding his seat and whose members conspired to get his M.D. cancelled, all this for his having discovered in Homoeopathy the eternal scientific truth and for having adopted the principles and practice of Homoeopathy with his innate and unbending courage of conviction. By subsequently conferring on him the honorary degree of D.L. about the closing chapter of his life, the University made only a potty atonement for the insolence and insult inflicted on him by the Faculty of Medicine against whose iniquity the Senate and Syndicate were mortally afraid to protest and to override its silly censoriousness.
The Bengal branch of the British Medical Association of which he was the Secretary and subsequently its Vice-President, excommunicated Sircar and removed his name from the Association for the speech he delivered at the fourth anniversary of the Association, expounding the lack of any basic principle in the allopathic system of medicine and the logic of the Hahnemannian doctrine. Their disposition towards Homoeopathy remains the same today as it was in the days of Mahendra Lal Sircar. Who can expect that the portrait of Dr.Sircar when exhibited in the University will be introduced by the curator to visitors and alumni as the image of the INDIAN HAHNEMANN and a martyr? If he be not known to posterity as such, his M.D., D.L., C.I.E., his position as an Honorary Magistrate and his post of the Sheriff of Calcutta are of little consequence to Homoeopathy.
Will the members of the Memorial Committee consider the propriety of founding DR. MAHENDRA LAL SIRCAR MEMORIAL LECTURES, comprising of a series of lectures on the Principles and Philosophy of Homoeopathy in course of six months and a further series of lectures of Homoeopathic Materia Medica covering 100 polychrests, the snake venoms and the nosodes, open free to medical graduates and licentiates who at the end of the lectures should receive certificates for having attended the complete course of lectures on both the subjects, vouching for their competency to practice Homoeopathy?
By Propagation through newspapers the public will be apprised of these Foundation lectures, and cautioned against the fowlers net of the pseudo- homoeopathists who are inflictions on the public under cover of their medical degrees and State Medical Facultys license.
As an alternative to the above suggestion, the Memorial Committee may found Dr. MAHENDRA LAL SIRCAR PROVING SOCIETY, justifying the posthumous epithet of THE INDIAN HAHNEMANN accorded to him. The sum of Rs. 1210/- already collected and promised would be necessary for implementing either of the above mentioned suggestions. Let us daring in perpetuating the memory of a daring intellectual giant.