Sipping at the fountain of health

Chaman Lal Chaman sings the praises of a naturopathy clinic in South India, which is working wonders for its celebrity and other patients.

I don’t know how long it will take to fully realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swatch Bharat’ (Clean India) campaign. But if you want to see a corner of super clean India, come with me and I will take you to Jindal Naturecure Institute (JNI) in Bangalore, which speaks louder than any ‘Clean India’ slogan ever could.

JNI is a health institute and naturopathy clinic where Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, went to have his chronic cough treated towards the end of last year.

So I wonder: will this centre of health rejuvenation consider treating India’s many parliamentarians suffering from constant waves of cacophony in the Lok Sabha? I am sure the institute’s highly competent naturopaths will be able to fix the politicians’ vocal chords, adjusting the modulation of their voices from shouting to talking.

As well as Kejriwal, various well-known personalities—including the former cricketer and TV commentator Navjot Siddhu, and actors Juhi Chawla, Raj Babar and Imran Hashmi—have benefited from the services of this institute, which is the brainchild of Dr Sita Ram Jindal, an eminent industrialist and philanthropist from Haryana.

Born in a small village in Hisar district, Jindal is one of the five brothers who founded a joint family business, Jindal (India) Limited, a steel tube plant in Hisar. When the brothers separated amicably, Dr Sita Ram Jindal migrated to Bangalore, where he set up Jindal Aluminium Ltd, an eco-friendly wind power project producing 12.64 MW of electricity.

Bangalore, the garden city of India, is a leading hub of the IT industry and is known as the birthplace of Nobel Laureate Sir CV Raman and Girish Karnad, a renowned actor and writer who also served as the director of Nehru Centre, London.

A devotee of Radha Swami, Dr Jindal has dedicated Jindal Naturecure Institute to its former guru Savan Singh, in whose name a beautiful garden has been created. The institute has a board of directors and is managed by a team of efficient pro-active doctors, naturopaths, nurses and a host of administrative staff, headed by a warm chief executive, Dr K K Ghosh, with Dr Babina Nandakumar, the institute’s chief medical officer, and heads of various departments such as yoga and a naturopathy dieting centre.

Surrounded by a beautiful lake with boating facilities, the institute has a varied programme of regular therapies, starting with early morning walks. It also offers the Ayurvedic practice of pranayam, breathing exercises, meditation, laughter sessions, yoga and a series of other activities throughout the day.

The hundred-acre campus has accommodation for over 200 patients with strict code of discipline. Alcohol, smoking, tobacco chewing or pan are strictly prohibited, and all abusers of the system are expelled. Patients are served fresh organic vegetarian food, produced on-site, and there is a strict ban on outside food. All meals are calorie controlled as prescribed by the naturopath or doctor. n

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