From Wednesday onwards, Patanjali will have its own Research institute in Haridwar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the inauguration ceremony of the institute which is being termed as the first organisation in India to conduct clinical trials as per international standards in the field of Ayurveda.

What caught our attention is an advertisement in one of the leading newspapers about the organisation. In the advertisement, the Prime Minister has been referred to as a rishi (saint). It also calls him a “saint dedicated to the country.”

Here is how Patanjali has introduced the Prime Minister in its ad: “The pride of the nation, in whom 125 crore Indians see a glorious future. The one who works vigorously to create a divine and holistic India. The one who is a sage and proving to be a God’s boon to the nation. He is none other than Honourable Prime Minister of India, Rashtra Rishi Sri Narendra Modi.” It also states that the live telecast of the event will be telecasted on all leading news channels in the country.

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Through the research institute, Patanjali aims to encourage scientific research related to yoga, ayurveda and ancient Vedic knowledge, tradition to promote Ayurveda. “By clinical control trials, we aim to get global recognition of the fact that Ayurvedic herbs and medicines are scientific and authentic medicines,” the advertisement states adding that like allopathic medicines, the ayurvedic medicines too would gain recognition and reputation all over the world.

The areas in which the research will be conducted include drug screening, drug safety, chronic diseases study, among others.

Ramdev had earlier tweeted that the Prime Minister will visit Uttarakhand to inaugurate Patanjali Research Institute in Haridwar.