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My column on Ayurveda and how it is misunderstood, by practitioners, patients, and doctors.…
I, too, thought initially that Baba Ramdev was talking through his hat. Then I investigated. Turns out he isn't.
An investigation of @yogrishiramdev's claims on Diabetes mellitus (Type 2). VERDICT: He isn't off the mark.
Brilliant. Scientists find credence in Ayurvedic Prakriti using genome-wide analysis, i.e. Ayurgenomics.…
A rare honour to have attended a phenomenal talk on Ayurveda & Modern Medicine, by Padmavibhushan Dr MS Valiathan – of Valiathan Valve fame.
No living Indian has done more to investigate objectively and in great detail the science behind Ayurveda, than Dr Valiathan. Peerless.
The first modern study on Ayurveda was conducted by Hendrik van Rheede, Governor of Dutch Malabar. He published Hortus Malabaricus in 1678.
The FIRST and ONLY English translation of Hortus Malabaricus came 325 years later, in 2003, by KS Manilal. An UNBELIEVABLE labour of love.
Jackfruit, drawn by Hendrik van Rheede, from his Hortus Malabaricus, 1678.
If there is one man India owes an incalculable debt, for unearthing the wisdom and science hidden in Ayurveda, it is Sir RN Chopra. Who?
Serious study of the science behind Ayurveda begins with Col. RN Chopra, the Father of Pharmacology and yet another forgotten Indian genius.
Col. Dr Chopra catalogued and studied an astonishing 6000 varieties of Ayurvedic plants, at that time two-thirds of ALL known Indian plants.
Working in his dingy lab in Kolkata in the 1920s, Sir Chopra began to study Ayurveda. His discovery shook the world.…
TWO DECADES before Reserpine was launched as an anti-hypertensive & anti-psychotic wonder-drug, RN Chopra had isolated it from Sarpagandha.
The "discovery" & introduction of Reserpine in 1954 saved millions of lives and made billions for its manufacturer. Chopra never patented it
Leave alone a Bharatratna, Col. Dr Sir RN Chopra never even got a Padma - ANY Padma. No one knows him. But he lives on, forever.
A nation that knows not how to honour its dead, knows not how to honour its living.
OUTRAGEOUS misreading by Scroll. Findings relate to the molecule Curcumin and NOT Turmeric (Haldi), of which Curcumin is but one ingredient.
The findings relate not to Turmeric but to purified Curcumin in isolation. Curcumin constitutes only 5% of Turmeric.…
Disappointed to see such conceited, derogatory language being used just to put-down Haldi, this when the findings aren't for Haldi at all.
Basically, the Editor at @TheAtlantic should be reading scientific articles more carefully. Curcumin is NOT Turmeric. (h/t @srikmat)
One day, American scientists would isolate drug molecules from Lakshmikutty's 500 herbal preparations. Like the discoverer of Artemisinin, they would get the Nobel. At the award ceremony, they would thank Lakshmikutty. And when they do, India would give Lakshmikutty a Bharatratna

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A clarification within 3 hours of the explosive Hollande quote, when normally it would take weeks. Tells you the seriousness of the allegation. Much more clarity is needed, both from the Indian and the French governments, including documents that prove otherwise. This. Is. Big.
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@ndtv, @IndiaToday carried it. Good on you.
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Can't believe this is happening.
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Stop. And Ask.

Hullo, @nsitharaman, stop! And answer my question.
1 day. 1 lac views. Coming up tonight, another explosive #StopAndAsk.

We, the people, are the real masters. We can stop our sevaks and we can ask them anything.

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“Slaves! Submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1 Peter 2:18; The Holy Bible)
If a man rapes a woman not engaged, he must pay 50 silver pieces to her father. Then he must marry her. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29; The Holy Bible)

The man wasn't created for the woman; the woman was created for the man. (I Corinthians 11:8-9; The Holy Bible)
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Wives! Submit yourselves unto your husbands. Husband is the head of wife like Christ is the head of church. (Ephesians 5:22-24; Bible)
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In times of great calamity, all Indians come together, irrespective of language, religion, or ideology.

Also come together in such difficult times those who dream of nothing else but the break up of India, along linguistic, religious, or ideological lines.

IGNORE the latter.
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That man was Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation.

Such thinking is BEYOND VILE.
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On to Chapter 10 of @gchikermane's utterly engrossing book - frank admission: I never thought reading government policies could be so riveting - I pause, and reflect on this particular DISASTER - Air India nationalisation. If only @narendramodi could be gifted this book. If only.
The brilliant economist and friend @harshmadhusudan said recently that India would be a $ 12 trillion economy in ten years. Nothing would please me more, but I sincerely doubt that.

At every crossroad to us afforded, we have taken the wrong turn. We have made a habit of it.
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