In a recent development stirring controversy, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has been put under scrutiny by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Kerala unit, over its choice of logo. The logo, depicting a Hindu deity, Lord Dhanvantari, has been a cause for concern as it is viewed as not adequately representing the secular and diverse nature of India. This comes despite the central agency's assertion that Lord Dhanvantari had been its emblem for the past year. The IMA has expressed its objection to the current emblem and is urging the NMC to adopt a religion-neutral one.
IMA Calls for Secular Logo
The IMA, on Sunday, raised its objection to the NMC's logo that depicts the Hindu deity Dhanwantari. This move is seen as a call for the adoption of a religion-neutral logo that reflects the secular fabric of India. According to the IMA, the new logo contradicts the oath and duty of doctors and does not align with the essence of the medical profession.
Unrest Amidst the Medical Community
The issue has sparked unrest within the medical community, with several members echoing the IMA's concerns. The argument put forth is that the logo should be representative of the secular, diverse, and inclusive nature of the medical profession, and not inclined towards any specific religion.
The NMC's Response
In response to the controversy, the NMC maintains that Lord Dhanvantari has been its emblem for the past year. The commission has yet to comment on the IMA's request for a change in the logo.