Indian Medical Association and several medical practitioners said they are outraged with the National Medical Commission’s new logo, which features Dhanvantari, the Hindu physician of the gods, and the word ‘Bharat’ above it, replacing the previous Ashoka emblem.
The new logo has been in use on the official website of the NMC.
The Indian Medical Association’s national president, Dr Sharad Kumar Agarwal called the logo change “unnecessary.”
“They [NMC] are not a political body and should not have political aspirations or try to please their political bosses,” he said to Indian Express.
Dr Sulphi Noohu, the Indian Medical Association’s Kerala president has told the news agency PTI that a “secular message and way of thinking would have been more appropriate and acceptable” in the logo.
IMA’s Kerala branch sent a letter to the NMC chairman calling the recent change “unacceptable” and said it would “harm the scientific and secular nature of the Commission.”
“This is to inform you that the recent change in the National Medical Commission’s logo is unacceptable to the modern medical fraternity. The new logo gives a wrong message and will harm the scientific and secular nature of the Commission,” said the letter, written jointly by IMA Kerala president Dr Joseph Benaven and secretary Dr K Sasidharan.
Dr Sakthi Vignesh posted on X, “I strongly condemn religious ideology and symbolism in National medical commission. This logo is not acceptable!”