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Remarks by Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs at the Inaugural Session of the 4th Global Ayurveda Festival

March 12, 2021

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji,
Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports and AYUSH and Minister of State, Minority Affairs.
Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India
Shri Uday Shankar, President, FICCI
Dr G.G. Gangadharan, President, Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action
Dr Sangita Reddy, Immediate Past President, FICCI & Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited
Panelists and Speakers

Namaskaram and good evening !

I am extremely delighted to address this inaugural session of the 4th Global Ayurveda Festival. I am particularly glad that the Festival is being inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji.

2. Ayurveda, literally "the science of life”, is the oldest healing science in the world. It has its roots in the Indian civilization and with advancements in knowledge, research and technology, Ayurveda has evolved into a mainstream system of medicine.

3. While our focus for the last year has been on fighting a raging pandemic, we should not lose sight of the health needs of ageing population, especially those that are looking to alternate systems of medicine for solutions of lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases.


4. Traditional systems such as Ayurveda can help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 3 that talks about ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. Ayurveda is especially unique among the traditional systems, being a living tradition. Ayurvedic practices have pervaded the sub-cultures of India and has the highest practitioners to population ratio in comparison to any other place in the world.

5. With increased awareness, there is renewed interest in Ayurveda, both in India and across the world. The Government has left no stone unturned in promoting Ayurveda as a system of medicine. I am told that under the Ayushman Bharat initiative of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, 12,500 Health and Wellness Centers are to be developed by the Ministry of AYUSH. These Centres would be operationalised through States/ UTs in Centrally Sponsored Scheme mode and under the broad umbrella of National AYUSH Mission. The vision is to establish a holistic wellness model to reduce the disease burden, out of pocket expenditure and to provide informed choice to the needy public.


6. Through its history, Kerala has preserved, protected and promoted the ancient practice of Ayurveda in its pristine form. This unbroken continuity and the contributions through Bhashyas (commentaries) and treatises, and advancements in medicinal formulations and treatment modalities, has ensured that Ayurveda in Kerala has retained its antiquity while also keeping up with the times.

7. As we develop greater understanding of the functioning of the human body and the effect of factors such as circadian rhythms, seasonal variations and different psychological states on the immune system, the value of Ayurveda in achieving a healthy life has become more apparent.


8. From its inception in 2012, the Global Ayurveda Festival has played a significant role in bringing together various stakeholders of Ayurveda from across the world, on one platform, in order to exchange ideas and share success stories.

9. The Global Ayurveda Festival combines academic sessions, exhibitions, panel discussions, debates, public awareness programs, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises meetings, and social participation, thus bringing together both the pharmacological as well as the commercial aspects, both theory and practice, both healing as well as marketing, of Ayurveda.

10. I am told there are over 50 plenary speakers including 25 International experts and nearly 50,000 visitors are expected to visit the 300 virtual stalls in the Expo representing 60 countries. Ayurveda students and researchers are expected to make about 600 research presentations and 500 poster presentations. I believe the program would not only help in promoting Ayurveda practiced in the country, but also evolving a roadmap for the development of Ayurveda and allied industries in our country. The participation of foreign delegates will help Ayurveda get a stronger footing globally.

11. I congratulate the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) in bringing together various elements of the Festival, despite the pandemic, and moving it to the virtual realm, thus creating greater possibilities for participation of stakeholders from across the world.

12. I wish the 4th Global Ayurveda Festival all success.

Thank you.

New Delhi
March 12, 2021

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