Mumbai, Maharashtra, February 24, 2012 Dr. Mukesh Batra, India's most-renowned homeopath, was recently chosen for the Padma Shri Award, the country's fourth highest civilian award for his exceptional and distinguished service in the field of medicine. A glittering function to celebrate this achievement, held at Wellingdon Sports Club, Mumbai, was graced by over 700 people - friends/fans and well wishers of Dr. Batra. Among those present were Poonam Sinha, Raell Padamsee, Dolly Thakur, Kiran Shantaram, Rakesh Biyani, Karan Grover and many others, including well- known faces from the medical profession, homeopathy, the corporate world and the entertainment and glamour industry.
Hosting the celebration, Dr. Akshay Batra said, "It has been a long and difficult journey for my father in the field of Homeopathy, and it is his commitment and resilience against all odds that has won him this national honour. All of us have got together today to celebrate my father's pioneering effort for over 4 decades in establishing and professionalising homeopathy not only in the country, but also abroad."
Ecstatic on the honour bestowed on him, Dr Mukesh Batra said, "I am deeply humbled by the fact that the government has recognized my efforts in the field of medicine and homeopathy. I am grateful for the support that I have received in the mission from my colleagues in the medical profession, fellow homeopaths, my patients, my staff and my family."
Over the last 4 decades Dr Batra has transformed homeopathy, standardized its treatment, used modern science and technology and measured treatment outcomes, to reach more and more people.
Through his newspaper/magazine writings, books and television programmes, Dr Batra has created awareness for homeopathy. He was instrumental in legalizing Homeopathy in Mauritius. Dr. Batra's clinic in Dubai Healthcare City, the only homeopathic centre, was the recipient of the Best Newcomer Facility Provider 2009 Award, for Excellence in Informatics, Data Submission and Compliance of Requirements, by the Department of Health Informatics, UAE. Dr Batra also established the first and the only homeopathic clinic on Harley Street, London, the Mecca of modern medicine.
A profound proponent in the joy of giving, Dr Batra has set up the Positive Health Foundation, which provides free homeopathic treatment to over 20,000 patients, through free clinics across 34 cities. He also extends homeopathic care to animal welfare shelters, orphanages and old age homes. His own personal interests, which include photography and singing, have been turned into exhibitions and concerts to raise funds for charitable causes. He also introduced the Positive Health Annual Awards, six years ago, which is now sponsored by Bajaj Discover, to recognise and honour specially-abled individuals, who have overcome disease and disability to lead useful lives. Stars like Vidya Balan, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Abhay Deol and Anil Kumble, among others, have not only graced the awards with their presence, but have also extended their support to the cause.