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Suspected Myanmar national held in Burdwan blast case

Khaleed, the suspected Myanmar national, is believed be an expert in IED, the NIA said and claimed that he belonged to Rohingiya solidarity organisation and had links with Bangladesh-based terrorist groups


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken into custody a suspected Myanamar national, allegedly trained by Pakistan-based terror group Tehrik-i-Taliban, from Hyderabad in connection with the Burdwan blast case.


According to official sources, Khaleed alias Khalid Mohammed, who had been residing in Hyderabad on the basis of alleged fake documents, was arrested by the state police on 16th November following an intelligence tip-off by central security agencies.


He was handed over to the NIA Monday afternoon after security agencies felt that his role in Burdwan blast needed to be probed further, the sources added.


This is the seventh arrest made by NIA in connection with the Burdwan blast case of 2nd October in which two persons died inside a house after the IED being manufactured by them went off accidentally.


Khaleed is believed be an expert in improvised explosive device (IED), the NIA said and claimed that he belonged to Rohingiya solidarity organisation and had links with Bangladesh-based terrorist groups.


The NIA also claimed that he was involved in running terror camps in bordering areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar.


A search at his residence led sleuths to his laptop which contained incriminating videos of training material, literature relating to various kinds of poison, IED-making, bomb-making, explosives and 'Jihadi' Literature including that relating to ISIS.


He was allegedly trained by Tehrik-i-Taliban.


Pawar asks party workers to be ready for snap polls in Maharashtra

Sharad Pawar who declared unconditional support to BJP soon after the election verdict for stability, has said that having a stable government in Maharashtra is not his party's responsibility


Sharad Pawar, the Maratha strongman and president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday asked his party workers to be prepared for snap polls in Maharashtra considering the political situation in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra is a minority government and its chief minister Devendra Fadnavis just about managed to win a confidence vote. However, Shiv Sena, the main opposition party had clarified that it will not allow the Fadnavis government to become unstable.

The NCP president, while addressing his party's two-day meeting at Alibaug in Maharashtra's Raigad district, said, "We have to be ready to face snap polls in Maharashtra."
"Having a stable government in Maharashtra isn't NCP's responsibility," said Pawar, whose party offered unconditional outside support to BJP the day election results were declared.
Reacting on Pawar's comment, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "Pawar may say anything, but it is our party, which holds the keys to power. We will decide our future course of action depending upon the situation prevailing at that particular time.
However, we are confident that there will not be any snap polls in Maharashtra." 
BJP has 121, Shiv Sena 63, Congress 42 and NCP 41 MLAs in the 288-member Assembly.
State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had won a controversial confidence vote last week after NCP declared outside support to his minority government.
As the confidence motion was passed by a voice vote, there was an uproar by Sena and Congress, with the two parties petitioning Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to direct the government to seek a fresh vote in which its strength be determined through division of votes.
NCP Legislature Party leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, too, disapproved of the manner in which the motion was passed by voice vote.
Sharad Pawar had earlier said he cannot guarantee the survival of the BJP government for its full five-year term.
Earlier, the NCP chief also alleged that some elements in BJP were behind the rise of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) party which won two seats in the recent state Assembly polls.


AAYUSH ministry underscores importance of complementary systems of medicine

The setting up of the AAYUSH Ministry serves up a unique opportunity to push research into alternative forms of medicine and the re-discovery of our medical heritage.


If one tries to understand human physiology in its entirety, one wonders as to how we are able to survive despite ingesting so many chemicals into our systems in the name of “scientific” western medicine. Cutting edge research in western medicine (Genetics 2008; 179: 727) has clearly shown that when any chemical sold to us by western pharmacology goes into the human system, it is rejected at first, as being a foreign poison since it is not recognised by our system. The drug goes into the liver for destruction. The liver tries to do its best, but many a times some drug still remains and this gets into the general circulation, the so called first pass effect in pharmacology class. The teacher and the student simply memorise it for the examination, but rarely understand what it portends! Thus, the chemicals have the capacity to overwork and exhaust the liver and harm the system by adverse drug reactions (ADRs), which have become one of the leading causes of deaths in the West, where deaths are routinely audited. (JAMA 2000; 284: 483).

You might wonder as to how you get better if this is indeed so? We get better thanks to our own immune system that gets a shot in the arm when the mind accepts that the drug intervention will help, called the Placebo Effect (Sci. Translational Med 2011; 3: 70).  The Placebo effect has been shown to be the cause of patients getting better even after complex procedures like coronary revascularisation; (J. Am. Coll Cardiol 2005; 46: 1812) this study concludes:


“Treatment with percutaneous myocardial laser revascularization provides no benefit beyond that of a similar sham procedure in patients blinded to their treatment status.”

The reductionism in western medicine understands the human system (physiology) as an “open systems biology” which needs outside intervention when anything goes wrong. This is good for the medi-business. That is how western medicine became a science in the first place (Flexner report 1910). Many, actually the majority, of our resident non-Indian (RNIs) doctors and lay people blindly believe that western medicine is the only scientific medicine and all other systems are pseudo-science. The truth is otherwise. Ever since the British took over the reins in our country, they systematically termed our ancient systems as unscientific.

The nation must salute our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, for being able to see the importance of our ancient systems in sickness care. I congratulate him for creating a new Ministry for AAYUSH, which will have Department of Ayurveda and Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. I hope Shripad Yesso Naik, the new Minister of State (with independent charge) for AAYUSH understands what these medical systems stand for and how scientific they are. Science is change and research (organised curiosity with a touch of logical scepticism) is the vehicle that takes knowledge forwards. “Knowledge advances NOT by repeating known things but by REFUTING false dogmas” wrote Karl Popper in the 1950s. The first dogma that needs to be demolished is that western medicine is pure science and all others are pseudo-science. The fact is otherwise.

In Ayurveda and all other complementary systems, the basic human physiology is a closed system. Closed system is one, which is capable of correcting itself in most, if not all, situations of disease, thanks to an inbuilt healer. The immune system is like a hot water Geyser that has an inbuilt thermostat.  It is only in the unlikely event of the immune system failing that the patient gets symptoms, which cry for outside help. Then and only then should we interfere with our ancient drugs, most of which are derived from natural herbs to “cure rarely, comfort mostly but to console always.”  The above-mentioned western scientific study (Genetics 2008; 179: 727) did demonstrate that holistic medicines are immediately recognised by the human system as self and are not treated as poison to be sent to the liver for destruction. This was applied to herbal Chinese and Indian drugs in that particular study, but did not hold true to other holistic systems as well. That is why the essence of Ayurveda is “Swasthasya Swastha Rakshitham”- try to preserve the health of the well. I have developed a “Wellness Concept” incorporating Yoga in it.


Panchakarma in Ayurveda is doing just that. Yoga adds to that by making the mind tranquil even under great stress.

Ayurveda should not follow the reductionist scientific research of the west. We have to work with herbal and other drugs in their whole state. For example, garlic, when eaten raw, mixes with salivary trypsin to convert its alanine into allicin, a powerful medicine useful in fighting diverse diseases. The garlic pills in the market, which are inside a capsule to be swallowed, do not get activated in the first place. In addition, a key chemical component of garlic is removed to avoid the bad smell, and as such, garlic pills are not garlic at all. There are 43 studies on garlic pills in western literature, showing that garlic is useless mainly because they were not studying garlic as a whole but a modified chemical with the SH group removed, which can only harm but not help. The British Medical Journal (BMJ)’s editorial said that “garlic is good for cooking but NOT for health.”

Homeopathy is the only western science that has been shown to have a very strong scientific base recently, and yet there is an effort to kill homeopathy in the West.  I have written about it extensively elsewhere. Suffice it to say that it has a good scientific base, has minimal side effects and is useful in many minor illness syndromes like common cold, feverish cold, sore throat and Flu like illnesses. Siddha is another very useful system in India and so is Unani. Indian folk medicine has had a glorious past and needs scientific research to take it forward.

I wonder if the new Minister has an understanding of all these. I have written extensively about this elsewhere and have been doing so for four decades without anyone taking note. Now that the PM has opened a new pathway, we can move ahead for the good of India and the world. I wish the new Ministry the best.

“A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” -  Max Planck



Pushkala Ramani

2 years ago

How the west makes Indian so gullible. We have somehow been indoctrinated to think our system is unscientific and has flaws.

Gyan Mitra

3 years ago

The poor & under privileged in INDIA need new ideas in maintaining wellness, addressing their primary health care needs & getting referrals to hospitals for complications. Such schemes also necessarily need to be linked to ECO SANITATION viz non toxic sanitation instead of pesticides & poisons used presently. Looking at our traditions can help us develop cost effective solutions to deliver excellence to delight.

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