Addressing the gathering, the President said that the generational association of Dr. Prasanta Banerji’s family with Homeopathy dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. Dr. Banerji’s grandfather, Ishan Chandra, was Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s brother. Vidyasagar was once treated for migraine with homoeopathy. Pleased with the results, Vidyasagar convinced his brother Ishan Chandra to pursue this line of treatment. Ishan Chandra learned homoeopathy and took to treating the poor as a charitable cause. Ishan Chandra’s son, Pareshnath Banerji, practiced homoeopathy in a village in Bihar named Mihijam. His fame attracted patients from far and wide. He became a pioneer in homoeopathic medicinal mixtures in India. Dr. Prasanta Banerji, the second son of Pareshnath Banerji, is the third generation practitioner of homoeopathy in this illustrious family line. His son, Dr. Pratip Banerji, has kept the family tradition alive. The Homoeopathic Research Foundation was established by Dr. Prasanta Banerji and his son, Dr. Pratip Banerji, in 1993. It was set up with the objective to make homeopathy a scientific and effective mode of alternative medicine. The Foundation is rendering yeoman’s service to the masses through provision of wide-ranging homoeopathic healthcare.
The President said that seized of the need to promote these alternative healing systems, the Department of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy was created by the Government of India. It was later re-named Department of AYUSH and became a full-fledged Ministry last year.