Ram Krishan Yadav, popularly known as Baba Ramdev, has done a volte-face on taking a coronavirus vaccine. Do remember, only a couple of weeks ago, the Yoga guru had courted serious controversy when he said that Allopathy was a “stupid science,” and that hundreds of thousands had died in India despite taking COVID-19 vaccine shots. This led to an ugly spat with the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on the efficacy of Allopathic medicines in treating COVID-19.
Ramdev also said, emphatically, that he won’t be taking a coronavirus vaccine. Well, it seems that the Yoga guru understood the implications of not getting vaccinated pretty fast, and thankfully so. Ramdev might be under pressure but has accepted that Coronil may not be enough to ‘fortify’ him against the scourge of the coronavirus. The Babaji, for the betterment of all, has now announced that he will be getting inoculated soon.
Why did Ramdev take this step?
Baba Ramdev had earlier justified that he doesn’t require a Covid vaccine as he was protected by Yoga and Ayurveda. His latest announcement appears to be a clear attempt to bury the hatchet with the IMA.
The sudden wisdom dawned pretty fast on Babaji as he opined that everyone should get vaccinated. The wonder of wonders, he also described Allopathic doctors as “God’s envoys on earth.”
Ramdev has now welcomed PM Narendra Modi’s announcement on free vaccines and said “everyone must take both doses of COVID-19 vaccine and practice Yoga and Ayurveda along with it, to secure themselves twice over against the coronavirus. Babaji hoped that not a single person would lose life after ensuring this double protection.
It is still not clear, however, that the IMA will be placated after Ramdev’s announcement. When the controversy raged, the IMA had asked for a letter of unconditional apology, and when the Yoga guru failed to comply, they approached the court for damages worth Rs 1,000 crore.
The Babaji then did say sorry but continued to justify his reservations against Allopathy.
What was the controversy?
Ramdev in a viral video in the middle of May was heard saying, “Allopathy is a stupid and bankrupt science. Medicines like Remdesivir and Fabiflu failed to make any impact on Covid patients.” Ramdev’s comments drew sharp criticism from all corners. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan asked him to withdraw his statement. Vardhan also expressed his disappointment over the statement and termed it “disrespectful”.
At that time, Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust had issued a clarification saying that “the video was taken totally out of context,” and that the Yoga guru had sought to convey a different message.
Not one to give up easily, Ramdev also fired 25 questions at the IMA, asking if Allopathy had a permanent solution for hypertension (BP) and type-1 and 2 diabetes among many others diseases.
What did the IMA say?
The IMA took a serious objection to Ramdev’s remarks and said that he had insulted and overlooked the sacrifices of the corona warriors and demanded strict action against him. The top medical body urged the authorities to book him under the relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and the Indian Penal Code.
Doctors’ associations in many parts of the country also held a countrywide “Black Day Protest” against Ramdev. The Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association said that despite the fact that the healthcare workers had selflessly worked for the welfare of the people, “they are being subjected to insensitive, inhuman and insulting statements from Mr Ram Krishan Yadav.”
Ramdev has been in controversies more than once in the times of coronavirus. His detractors have said that it is indeed unfortunate to see public figures making damaging and incorrect statements at a time when they’re supposed to be sensitising people about COVID-19 vaccination.