The Indian Council of medical Research (ICMR) has come out with a special edition of Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) focusing on the health of Mahatma Gandhi and Gandhian principles of health. Titled as ‘Gandhi & Health @150’ the journal was launched in Dharamshala by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 20th March 2019.
Releasing the edition in Dharamshala, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “Mahatma Gandhi was a man with extraordinary qualities. His motivation to solve the problems of society and steer the freedom movement through the path of truth and non-violence is inspired by his physical and emotional well-being. Gandhi Ji’s life shows us that by dedicating one’s life to others makes a person emotionally and physically strong. Honouring Gandhi ji’s philosophy on health will not only inform the present society on improving the well-being of people but will also help them imbibe a lifestyle that is disciplined and rewarding.”
Prof (Dr.) Balram Bhargava, Secretary, Department of Health Research and Director General, ICMR said, “The Indian Council of Medical Research was set up in 1911. In a journey, that has spanned more than a century, this institution has made immense contribution towards various disease control programmes and has tried to follow the path shown by the Mahatma Gandhi, by touching and impacting the lives of millions of Indians. Mahatma Gandhi had spearheaded many revolutions in our country and ICMR has embodied his values and principles in its health research to improve the health and well-being of the country. On the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, ICMR has brought out this edition as a mark of a tribute to the man who sacrificed his life for the service of the poor and downtrodden.”
The launch programme also kicked off a two-day symposium (25-26 March 2019) in New Delhi, organised by ICMR and the National Gandhi Museum.