Docs pedal from Ayodhya, share health tips, chant ‘Vande Mataram’
LUCKNOW : Over 200 doctors and medical students, donning saffron T-shirts, pedalled their way from Ayodhya to Lucknow on Friday, as part of the two-day 40th conference of the National Medicos Organisation (NMO), beginning Saturday.
Many participants were heard raising slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’ as they rode to the state capital, but organisers said there was no political message there. “Saffron T-shirts have been used by the NMO for many years now,” said Prof Sandip Tiwari, head, trauma surgery, King George’s Medical University (KGMU), who is coordinating the conference.
He said raising slogans was “just a gesture”. “If they ride through Varanasi, they will raise slogans for Lord Mahadev. In Ayodhya, it was different, but there was nothing political,” he asserted. The doctors started from Ayodhya on Thursday and reached the KGMU on Friday after taking a night halt at Bhitaria. They also interacted with villagers and locals during their 140-km journey, taking short breaks in which they talked about the importance of following a healthy lifestyle. “The two days of the conference will be devoted to scientific sessions, where experts will deliver lectures on various topics. In all, 1,200 doctors/ medical students are expected to attend the event. A large number of students will also present papers,” said Prof Tiwari.
Asked about the reason for choosing Ayodhya as the starting point of the bicycle ride, organisers said that the distance of the city from the state capital was ideal. “Every year, this cycle yatra is taken out. In a day, a cyclist can ride up to 70km, so, a distance of 130 to 150 km is good,” explained an organiser.
Doctors and medical students arrived in the state capital on Friday.