On Wednesday afternoon 23rd July 2014 under the auspicious of Lord Patel, Lord Rana, Baroness Uddin, Lord Hussain, Lord Stone, Lord Ahmed and Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing Southall, an All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences was formally established for the first time in the oldest parliament in the world in the presence of nearly one hundred participants.
Lord Patel was assisted by Amarjeet S Bhamra, a long time champion of Complementary and Alternative Medicines and a Lecturer on Ayurvedic Sciences who called representatives of all natural healing and medicinal traditions to promote and facilitate informed discussions on issues concerning all Indian Traditional Sciences (Ayurveda, Ghandharav, Jyotish, Siddha, Unani, Vastu, Yoga and etc.) in Britain within the Parliament by providing a forum for cross party Parliamentarians, senior policy makers, academics, leading community figures, and other stakeholders.
The All Party Parliamentary Group will consolidate all of India’s Traditional Sciences and through this window, we will have an opportunity to engage our efforts to facilitate amongst parliamentarians the exchange of information on all Indian Traditional Sciences and to stimulate a well-informed debate; to contribute towards the development of knowledge and policies to support the acceptance, propagation and legitimisation of these ancient Sciences in the UK.
The meeting was also addressed by Ashish Sharma - First Secretary (Visa) Indian High Commission London, Ayurved Ratan Dr Shantha Godagama - Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee, Richard Johnson - Maharishi Foundation, Svamini Hamsananda Giri - Hindu Forum Europe, Dr Venkat Joshi - College of Ayurveda UK, Dr Vijayendra Murti - AyuWave,Haribhai Halai – Hindu Forum GB, Dr Prathima Nagesh - Ayurvedic Medical Association UK, Gordon Brennan - British Association of Vedic Astrologers, Satya Minhas - Hindu Council UK, David Balen - Balens Insurance, Desiree Shelley - National Institute of Medical Herbalists, Satish Sharma - National Council of Hindu Temples, Dr Rob Verkerk - ANH International, Ms Anosiya Aparau - HCUK (Int'l Human Rights Lawyer), Philip Abraham - Kerala Link, Ravi Bhanot - Ayurveda Institute of Europe, Kirith Ahluwalia - City Sikh Network, and Dr Geoffrey Clements - The Commonwealth Association for Infrastructure Development.
The meeting was supported by Ayurvedic Medical Association UK, College of Ayurveda UK, Quality Foods Southall, Cool Herbals, Surjeet Herbals Southall, Sira Cash and Carry Southall and Chandru Gidoomal Photography.
General Secretary - Ayurvedic Medical Association UK
Lead Secretariat - APPG Indian Traditional Sciences