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Ayurveda: Brahmanism was always in the concoction, still is

The system of medicine that was in use in the Buddhist era was in keeping with the anti-Varna system sentiment prevalent then. Buddha said, “The one who wants to serve me should serve the ailing.” It is thus clear that at the time, the Indian system of medicine was not Ayur ‘veda’ but Ayur ‘vigyan’, writes Dwarka Bharti

No one can deny that Ramdev has repackaged Ayurveda – the ancient Indian system of medicine – in such a way that for the common man India and Ayurveda have become synonymous. The same is true of Yoga. Things have come to such a pass that any dispassionate analysis of the worth of Ayurveda or Yoga may strip you of the badge of a nationalist. Many proclamations to this effect have been made over the past six-seven years. Our prime minister has contributed immensely to the glorification of Ayurveda and Yoga.

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About The Author

Dwarka Bharti

Dwarka Bharti was born into a Dalit family on 24 March 1949. He studied up to matriculation and worked for the government for a while before going to Iraq and Jordan as a labourer. On his return, he embraced the familial occupation of shoemaking. He has translated several works in Punjabi into Hindi and written on, among other topics, cultural issues and rights of Dalits. His writings have been published in various Punjabi and Hindi magazines. His autobiography ‘Mochi: Ek Mochi ka Adabi Zindaginama’ has been well received

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