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We are not against Ayurveda: Brinda Karat

“My objection was only to violation of labour laws and Drugs and Cosmetics Act”

Human and animal bones were used to prepare medicines, say some workers of Baba Ramdev’s Divya Pharmacy
Sealed samples I gave to the Health Ministry were bought from the pharmacy, says Ms. Karat
“It is a war for ideology, principles and transparency”

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha member Brinda Karat on Saturday sought to clarify that Communists were not against any form of traditional system of medicine or any individual.

Referring to the controversy over the issue of alleged use of human and animal matter in Ayurvedic medicines prepared in Baba Ramdev’s Divya Pharmacy, Ms. Karat said her objection was only to violation of labour laws and the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 by the management. “I myself practise yoga and Ayurveda is flourishing in Kerala, while West Bengal is considered the hub of homoeopathy,” she said at a press conference organised by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) here to highlight the issues of the striking workers of Divya Pharmacy in Haridwar. “It is a war for ideology, principles and transparency. Please don’t personalise it.”

She said the entire issue had been given a different connotation to divert the attention of people from gross violation of laws of the land by the management.