My recent “Letter to The Editors” published in Science: Pages From My Diary

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Dr Sunil Kumar Verma

Dr Sunil Kumar Verma D.Phil. (Univ. of Oxford, UK)

Recent move of India to validate (or invalidate) the medicinal use of panchagavya, a mixture made of cow urine, dung, milk, yogurt, and clarified butter, as prescribed in Ayurveda in ancient times is being heavily criticized, as also discussed recently in Science (1).

The critics, who are mostly the scientists or scientific writers of this country have decry it as an attempt to add a veneer of legitimacy to unscientific claims, an insult to science, or an attempt by India’s Hindu nationalist government to enlist the nation’s science to support its worldview. This move is said to undermine scientific institutions and demoralize sincere researchers by some critics. (1)

Since it was published in Science,  almost every national, international news paper exaggerated this issue and made fun of India and Indian Science – for example one news paper wrote – “India becoming great again” (

This Science article was written by an Indian Journalist. The title of this article was “Critics assail India’s attempt to ‘validate’ folk remedy” (1)

In that article, the said science journalist discussed everything other than science! It was so humiliating and I felt that the appropriate reply should have been given to international scientific community in this regard. None of the scientist associated with Panchagavya programme responded to that article in Science till date (why, they know better).

I then decided to write an article myself to put forward some scientific points that could explain why attempting  validation of ‘Panchagavya’ through modern science methodology is a highly scientific move. I submitted my article to Science and now the editors of Science have accepted it. This article is online now. (2)

In my article, I have given scientific reasons, why the Scientific community  should respect India’s View on Cow’s ‘Panchagavya’ and why those scientists who made fun of it are wrong!

I have concluded my article by reinforcing the note that:

“It (i.e the ‘Panchagavya’ program of India) is not an unscientific move, neither an insult to science. It has nothing to do with alleged Hindu agenda of current Indian government; and it is completely a scientific program, which deserve support and encouragement from scientific community.

You can read my article here – it is a small article, and not a rocket science; but can help many to do rocket science in India. It is also a proper reply to those who made fun of India. Please Read the full content on “Science” website –


Dr Sunil Kumar Verma, D.Phil. (University of Oxford, UK)

Indians Panchgavya - Critics assail India's attempt to ‘validate’ folk remedy

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Kumar S. Critics assail India’s attempt to ‘validate’ folk remedy [Internet]. Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); 2017. p. 898–898. Available from:
Sunil Kumar Verma. Letter on In Depth “Critics assail India’s attempt to ‘validate’ folk remedy”. Science. (16 May 2017). .

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Dr Sunil Kumar Verma. My recent “Letter to The Editors” published in Science: Pages From My Diary. In: विज्ञान संग्रह. Access URL: Retrieved January 20, 2018.



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Dr Sunil Kumar Verma is an experienced Principal Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry for more than 20 years. Skilled in Molecular Medicine, Genetics, Translational Research and Wildlife Forensics, Dr Verma has done his doctorate from the University of Oxford. UK.

He had been the inventor of ‘Universal Primer Technology’ (US Patent 7141364), which led to the establishment of India’s first wildlife forensics cell in the LaCONES of CCMB to provide wildlife forensics services to the nation.

He is also the recipient of several national and international awards and honours, including the 2008 CSIR Technology Award, the 2009 NRDC Meritorious Invention Award of Govt. of India and the 2009 BioAsia Innovation Award in recognition of his contribution to Indian science and technology.

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