Today is National Doctors' Day. On this day we salute 'Bharat Ratna' Bidhan Chandra Roy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address frontline workers and doctors on this auspicious occasion. IMA is organizing this event. Dr. Roy played a vital role in expanding the trust of Indians in modern medicine.
He was an acquaintance of Mahatma Gandhi and he was also his personal doctor. Before independence, Dr. Roy, when he was a part of Bengal's government health system, used to do nurse duties when needed. If I got free time, I would see patients in private, taking very nominal fees. India celebrates its birth anniversary as 'Doctors Day'.
When Dr. Roy agreed only after giving medicine to Gandhiji
When Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned in the Aga Khan Palace, he contracted malarial fever. Gandhiji did not want to take English medicine. He said, "Why should I take your medicine? Do you treat my 40 crore countrymen for free?" To this Dr. Roy replied, "But Mahatmaji, who do you think I have come to cure. I have not come here to cure Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, but to heal the person who represents 40 crore Indians to me."
He further added, "Because I think if he dies, 40 crore people will die and if he lives, 40 crore people will live."
Gandhiji was left with no other option but to obey the doctor. The details of this conversation are in the book 'This Was Bapu' by Navjeevan Publishing House.
Why did Gandhiji not become a lawyer?
After a while, Gandhiji said, "Okay Dr. Bidhan, you win; then I will have to leave myself to your mercy. Give me whatever medicine suits you; I will take it. But I think you should have tried law instead of medicine." Why didn't you read the law? You have a great skill of catching the details." Dr. Roy replied, "God made me a doctor because he knew that one day I would get the privilege of treating his dearest son, our Mahatma Gandhi." "You're talking like a lawyer," Gandhiji replied.
Became CM of Bengal at the behest of Gandhiji
After independence, the Congress party extended the name of Dr. Roy to the post of Chief Minister of Bengal. But Roy did not want to leave his profession. Roy accepted the post on the advice of Gandhiji. Bengal was engulfed in communal violence at that time, refugees were on the rise since the creation of East Pakistan, there was unemployment and there was not enough food to eat. In such a situation, Dr. Roy showed excellent leadership. Within three years the law and order situation was restored in Bengal.
The country honored him with 'Bharat Ratna' on 4 February 1961. A year and a half later, on July 1, 1962, Dr. Roy's 80th birthday came. That day he saw his patients in the morning and later took over the work of the government. He died a few hours later.
PM Modi's Address To The Nation-
On Doctors Day, my greetings to all doctors. India's strides in the world of medicine are commendable and have contributed to making our planet healthier.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 1, 2021
Here is what I said during #MannKiBaat a few days ago. pic.twitter.com/KWw3WTrVAA