The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Indian Traditional Sciences celebrated World Ayurveda Day at the Houses of Lords recently…reports Asian Lite News
During the event, Baroness Uddin rendered the opening speech and welcomed fellow parliamentarians, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK H.E. Manisha Gunasekera, Coordination Minister Manmeet Singh and Counsellor Yamuna from the High Commission of India in London and all the invited guests.
AS Bhamra, Secretariat of the APPG Indian Traditional Sciences prompted the audience to sign a petition calling on the European Union Commission to offer Freedom of Choice in healthcare to all citizens of Europe. He also urged the audience to write to their MPs for their support to sign an Early Day Motion 80* tabled earlier by Bob Blackman MP to consider that Ayurveda is a proven, effective, comprehensive system of medicine, and needs to be made accessible to all in this country, supported by the NHS. The links to both the Petition and EDM is accessible by visiting www.ITSappg.org website.
In her address, High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera spoke about the prevention-oriented approach of Ayurveda and her passion to promote health sciences of Sri Lanka through APPG Indian Traditional Sciences. Minister Manmeet Singh has elaborated on the prevention-oriented approach of Ayurveda, and the steps taken by the Indian government to promote Ayurveda in the UK and around the world, in particular, the inauguration of a Centre of Excellence for Yoga Research and Indian Traditional Medicine in the UK by both Prince Charles and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
On the occasion, ‘Ambassador for Pluralistic Medicine’ Awards were presented to Baroness Verma, Baroness Uddin and Shahnaz Husain producer of Ayurvedic health and beauty care products from India. Ayurveda Ratan Awards were presented Dr Hrisheikesh Damle, Dr Raghunandan Sharma of Ayurvedic Medical Association, UK, Dr Palitha Serasinghe of Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, UK and Asoka Hettigoda.