Modi says COVID drug exports upheld Indian values

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said despite a ban on exports of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), touted as a possible game-changer in the Coronavirus fight, India had allowed export to the US and other overseas buyers and upheld Indian values.
Saying the decision to lift the restrictions were “keeping true to its culture and ethos – and upholding our cultural heritage”, Mr Modi speaking during his monthy programme “Mann Ki Baat” broadcast all over the country, said during this COVID-19 crisis, when the world, including rich and prosperous nations, was facing a shortage of medicines none would have faulted if India did not provide medicines to the world and every country would understand that obviously India would prioritise the lives of its own citizens.
But, he asserted, India took up the task of providing medical supplies to the needy across the world, and has successfully completed this humanitarian task of Hydroxychloroquine tablets, believed to be effective in the fight against Coronavirus.
“Today when I speak to heads of state of various countries on phone, they make sure to express gratitude to the people of India. When they say, ‘Thank you India, Thank you people of India’, we feel greater pride in our country.”
In the same vein, he said, people across the world are paying special attention to the importance of India’s Ayurveda and Yoga. Just look at the social media… how people everywhere are discussing India’s Ayurveda and Yoga to boost immunity. I am sure you all are following the Corona-related protocol to boost immunity suggested by the Ayush ministry. Warm water, decoction and other guidelines issued by Ayush ministry, would be very helpful for you if you include it in your daily routine.
He regretted that Indians have always refused to acknowledge our own strengths and glorious traditions. “But when another country of the world, says the very same thing, on the basis of evidence based research, when they teach us our own formula, we instantly accept their assertions. Possibly this is largely due to our hundreds of year long phase of bondage. Due to this, often we fail to realise our own strengths. Our self confidence wavers. That’s why instead of presenting our traditional principles with evidence based research, we just ignore them and consider them inferior,” he said.
He hoped that India’s young generation will take up this challenge.
Just as the world has happily accepted Yoga, the world will surely also accept our ages old Ayurvedic principles. Of course, the youth will have to resolve to do this and explain these principles to the world in a scientific language, so that they understand it.