The IMA-Baba Ramdev row has taken another turn. Indian Medical Association (IMA) Uttarakhand on May 29 challenged Baba Ramdev for a debate with panel discussion. As per news agency ANI, it also asked Ramdev to tell which allopathic hospitals have given Patanjali medicines for treatment.The medical body and the Patanjali founder have been in a tussle since Ramdev claimed 'Allopathy is a stupid science'.
Indian Medical Association (IMA) Uttarakhand has challenged Yog Guru Ramdev for a debate, asked him to tell which allopathic hospitals have given Patanjali medicines for treatment, IMA has publicly challenged the debate with panel discussion
— ANI (@ANI) May 29, 2021
This comes after IMA sought an FIR against Ramdev over his comments on modern medicine and filed a police complaint against Ramdev in Delhi.
The complaint comes after a video clip of Ramdev daring the authorities to arrest him went viral on social media.
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IMA national chief Dr J A Jayalal said on May 28 said that they will consider taking back police complaints lodged against yoga guru Ramdev and also a defamation notice sent to him if he withdrew his remarks against COVID-19 vaccines and modern medicine, PTI has reported.
By targeting the modern system of medicine vis-vis the pandemic and treatment for it, Ramdev was actually questioning the government, he said.
"We have nothing against yoga guru Baba Ramdev. His statements are against vaccination for COVID-19. We think his statements could confuse people, may divert them. This is our big concern as he has many followers," Dr Jayalal said.
The clip was shared hours after IMA, a voluntary body of doctors, wrote to PM Modi, demanding that Ramdev be booked under sedition charges for alleged misinformation campaign on vaccination and challenging COVID-19 treatment protocols.
Earlier, IMA Uttarakhand had demanded Ramdev to issue a video countering his claims and tender a written apology within the next 15 day or face a Rs 1,000 crore defamation notice.
Ramdev was recently forced to withdraw a statement made in the viral video clip in which he questioned some of the medicines being used to treat the coronavirus infection and said "lakhs have died from taking allopathic medicines for COVID-19".
A day after withdrawing the remarks, Ramdev posed 25 questions to the IMA in an 'open letter' on his Twitter handle, asking if allopathy offered permanent relief for ailments such as hypertension and type-1 and 2 diabetes.
He went on to list modern-day ailments such as Parkinson's disease and wondered if allopathy had any painless cure to treat infertility as well as to reverse ageing and increase haemoglobin.
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