The real reason behind Ayush’s big boost in Northeast India

India is healing, and the process begins from the Northeast. Traditionally, the Northeast region was made to face the brunt of years of neglect and rampant corruption that defined much of India’s post-independent history. And it was done so on purpose by the forces that were at work to hinder the nation’s growth.

The northeast direction is the most sacred direction as per Vastu Shastra. The good health, prosperity, and well-being of a nation depend on the good keep of the northeast region. A faulty northeast brings severe financial, health, and social worries. India was destined to remain poor, deprived, and in turmoil for as long as the country’s Northeast was left in misery. 

But now, the healing process is in full swing, and, fittingly, it is happening through traditional medicine. More than any other, it is the Ayush ministry that has taken up the objective of rearing Northeast India back to health. A host of development activities are underway in various parts of the Northeast meant not only to serve the population but also to make them a prominent part of the New India in the making.  

Last month, Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the Centre of Excellence on Panchakarma at the State Ayurvedic College and Hospital in Guwahati, Assam. With this, the students and experts will have access to the best of Panchakarma. More importantly, the State Ayurvedic College becomes equipped to play a pivotal role in the resurgence of India’s traditional medicine in the global wellness movement. 

Later in the month, the foundation stone was laid for the Central Research Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy (CRIYN), which includes a 100-bed yoga and naturopathy hospital, in Dibrugarh, Assam. "This (CRYIN) is yet another testament to empower Assam and the whole of Northeast with peripheral growth in hospitality, patient care, and medical tourism sectors," Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on the occasion.

“The institute will serve as an incubation center for startups in the field of yoga and wellness sector, and also function as an international collaboration center for global promotion and research in yoga and naturopathy,” the minister added.

Yet another major development was the launch of multiple projects to scale up capacity at the North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy (NEIAH) at its campus in Mawdiangdiang, Shillong this past week. Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the guest house while laying foundation stones for the administrative building and pharmacy building, as well as a boundary wall with a periphery road complete with external electrification including entry and exit gates.

“The institute has already trained nearly one thousand experts in Ayurveda and Homoeopathy. This has greatly bolstered the healthcare delivery system in the region, especially in Meghalaya. Now, we move closer to realizing the vision of a Swastha Bharat. Heal in India, healed by India is the objective of the resurgent movement of Ayush,” the minister said on the occasion. 

The stated mission of these developmental projects and the statements made by the minister himself bring out details of the bigger picture being laid out by the Central government. A new India is rising and it will rise from the east, where the first rays of the sun nourish the land. 

Heal in India begins with an India that is healed and healthy. Being ‘Vikasit Bharat’ by 2047 means wealth and prosperity for all by 2047. To be a ‘Viswaguru’, firstly the spirit has to be emboldened. All this - health, wealth, and spirit - have to come from the Northeast. And it is Ayush that is set to nourish the Northeast back to eminence, and thus reawaken an age-old civilization from its slumber.  

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