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Volte Face By NMC: Charak Shapath Not To Replace Hippocratic Oath

“As informed by the National Medical Commission (NMC), there is no proposal of replacement of Hippocratic Oath (oath taken by doctors ) with Charak Shapath,” Minister of State (MoS) of health Bharati Pawar said in his reply to an unstarred question.

Earlier the issue was raised when NMC reportedly suggested the replacement of oath taken by doctors, during a discussion with all medical colleges on February 7.

Hippocratic Oath is a charter of ethical principles. Doctors take a pledge to uphold these in practice of their profession. It comes from the Greek physician Hippocrates. Meanwhile, Charak Shapath is attributed to the ancient Indian medical system, Ayurveda.

Hippocratic oath, ethical code attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, (460 BCE  375 BCE) although little is known of the life of Hippocrates—or, indeed, if he was the only practitioner of the time using this name—a body of manuscripts, called the Hippocratic Collection.

Born in 300 BC Acharya Charak was one of the principal contributors to the ancient art and science of Ayurveda, a system of medicine and lifestyle developed in Ancient India.

Some of the sane voices:

Sashi Tharoor “Why can’t the ‘charak shapath’ supplement, rather than supplant, the Hippocratic Oath that doctors worldwide take?”

Cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty said he endorsed the move, if what’s circulating on (Charak Shapath) social media is to be believed. “We should be proud of our ancestry. We have had a tradition of healing for thousands of years. We inherited medical education from the British and have hardly made any changes since. It’s good we will take oath from now in our ancestor’s name rather than in a foreigner’s name.”

Why is this volte-face by NMC, succumbing to secular forces? The so-called “secularists” are ready to accept any religion (one does not know to what religion Hippocratic belongs) other than Sanathana Dharma.

If the majority of a nation is not proud of its ancestors, who else will be then?


By Srinivasan Subramanian


Source: Facebook post by Srinivasan Subramanian published on 30..03.2022. Title added

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