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Amarjeet Bhamra, Baroness Verma, Baroness Uddin, Sri Lanka HC M Gunasekera, Dr Godagama, Ms Yamuna Counselor HC of India

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Indian Traditional Sciences celebrated World Ayurveda Day at the Houses of Lords recently…reports Asian Lite News

Amarjeet Bhamra, Baroness Verma, Baroness Uddin, Sri Lanka HC M Gunasekera, Dr Godagama, Ms Yamuna Counselor HC of India

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.

Baroness Verma spoke eloquently of her passionate interest in Indian Traditional Sciences and underscored that this is a valuable time for the APPG Indian Traditional Sciences to present a manifesto on health to all political parties in view of the upcoming general election in Britain. She said ‘this is so important; I am emphasizing it as much as I can that the power for change lies with the people of the country.’ She has also praised the continuous relentless work of Amarjeet S Bhamra who has been tirelessly working for all Indian Traditional Sciences for the past decade.

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. 

Dr Shantha Godagama of the Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) spoke of the formation of British Ayurvedic Medical Council, a ‘one voice’ for Ayurveda in the UK which will liaise with governments departments in the ever-challenging environment for traditional systems of medicines. He urged both the High Commissions of India and Sri Lanka to begin a dialogue with British authorities to align production standards from the sub-continent of India. Asoka Hettigoda, Managing Director of Siddhalepa Group, a household name in Sri Lanka for over six generations of Ayurvedic physicians, Dr Mauroof Athique from the UK’s most iconic learning establishment, Dr Hrishikesh Damle Founder, CEO and Managing Director of Atrimed, India, Dr Palitha Serasinghe, Dr Indira Anand, Chair at the British Association of Accredited Ayurvedic Practitioners have all spoken on the occasion.
Indian classical dancer Ragasudha Vinjamuri presented an enchanting “Tribute to Tulsi”, highlighting the medicinal and religious significance of the herb and its role in Ayurveda. Magali Mazzei from France gave an inspiring demonstration of the understanding of all the major Pranas of Ayurveda through movement. Dr Venkata Joshi.offered the Dhanvantri Mantra.

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.

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