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Ayurveda Day

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Ambassador’s Remarks on the occasion of
Ayurveda Day

(8 November 2023)

Secretary General to the Ministry of National Defense Major General Ramasy Razafindratovo Heritiana

Director General of Healthcare Provision at the Ministry of Public Health of Madagascar,

President of the Scientific Committee of the Malagasy Institute Applied Research,

Representatives of the Government and the National Assembly of Madagascar,

Members of Indian Community,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Namaste, Good Afternoon and warm greetings to you all on the occasion of Ayurveda Day-2023, with the theme “Ayurveda for Everyone on Everyday”.

2. As you know, “Ayurveda” (knowledge of life) is an ancient healing science deeply rooted in the civilization of India. Sage Dhanwantari, who is also called the “Father of Ayurveda”, was responsible for the division of Ayurveda into eight branches of diagnosis and treatment. Ancient Sanskrit texts of Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Astanga Hridaya are the fundamental texts of Ayurveda. Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to healing by its emphasis on maintaining the balance of the three elemental “Dosha” (defects) in human body.

3. Being convinced about the potential of Ayurveda for implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially to ensure healthy lives for all, the Government of India created a dedicated Ministry of AYUSH in 2014, in order to promote awareness and research on Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine. Since 2016, the birthday of Sage Dhanwantari, which falls in October- November every year is being celebrated as the Ayurveda Day. You might be aware that the World Health Organization is setting up its “Global Centre for Traditional Medicine” in Jamnagar (Gujarat) with the financial assistance of the Government of India, to improve the overall health of the people across the world, with the help of Ayurveda and other systems of traditional medicine.

4. In conclusion, I would like to affirm that under the ancient Indian philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (The whole earth is one family), India stands ready to share to its expertise and experience with Madagascar in various fields, including Ayurveda. The Embassy looks forward to working closely with the Ministry of Public Health and research institutions in Madagascar to further strengthen our bilateral cooperation on Ayurveda and Traditional Malagasy Medicine. Once again, warm greetings to you all on the occasion of the Ayurveda Day. Thank you!