Shri Jaiprakash Agarwal
Shri Jai Prakash Agarwal has been an ardent believer and supporter of Naturopathy. Deeply influenced by in-depth study of literature and books written by renowned naturopaths as Dr. Adolf Just, Dr. N. Vigmor, Dr. Shelton and Dr. Mcfedon, he took to naturopathy at a young age. During this period he came in contact with Dr. Mahavir Prasad Poddar and Dr. Vitthal Dass Modi the pioneers in naturopathy who not only guided him in this science of nature cure but also motivated him to serve the people and the society by spreading the awareness about Naturopathy among people in the villages and cities alike.
In pursuit of knowledge and service to society he has launched tireless campaigns for development and promotion of Naturopathy. Greatly motivated by Mahatma Gandhi's dream of reaching Naturopathy to every village and household, he has taken far reaching steps in this regard. Noteworthy among these is setting up of Think Tanks on Naturopathy & Yoga which comprise of top experts in this field and renowned naturopathy practitioners from India and abroad. The Think Tank, after in-depth research study and discussion on various issues prepares recommendations which are than percolated to all concerned and the public at large for their benefit.
Another major step taken by Shri Jai Prakash is to set up International Naturopathy Organisation (INO) with a view to carrying forward this campaign to all corners of India as well as abroad. This forum established in 2002, has witnessed a growing membership in the last decade which indicates its popularity among the masses. With a view to upgrading the knowledge base of Naturopathy doctors, regular training camps are conducted each year by I.N.O. under the guidance of Shri Jai Prakash. These camps have been so designed that experiences, knowledge, research work and other achievements of the Naturopaths from all across the country and abroad are exchanged and discussed thereby benefiting every one.
To further his campaign on spreading awareness on Naturopathy among the youth and children in the country a very innovative programme has been launched by Shri Jai Prakash which is named "KAUN BANEGA SWASTHYA RAKSHAK". It is a mass movement undertaken to target school children who are initiated into Naturopathy and its effect in preventing diseases. A vast team of volunteers at the district level reach out to the schools and educate the children on the benefits of Naturopathy. A competition is then organised in the area and the winners are awarded in a public function. Necessary books and other financial support for the conduct of this programme is provided by Shri Jai Prakash.
Conferences and seminars on Naturopathy are organised in various States under the guidance of Shri Jaiprakash throughout the year which provide an impetus to the fast growing movement on development and promotion of Naturopathy & Yoga. These have been patronized by none other than Shri Oscar Fernandez, former Central Minister and General Secretary of the Congress Party, Shri Navin Jindal, Member Parliament and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar amongst others.
He has been stressing on the Central and State Governments to declare 2nd October as Naturopathy Day - a befitting homage to Mahatma Gandhi. The Government of Rajasthan has already declared it so.
To further the cause of Naturopathy in the country by personal example, Shri Jaiprakash undertook a twenty days “Water Fast” in 2002 which he terminated at the Rajghat on 2nd October. He has also been on a Natural food diet for eight consecutive years eating only raw fresh vegetables and fruits – a diet considered to be the best in Naturopathy.
For his selfless service and excellent promotion of Naturopathy, Shri Jaiprakash has been the recipient of the "Gandhi Sewa Award" from Shri Bhupendra Singh Hooda Hon'ble Chief Minister Haryana and the “Agra Rattan Award” for Sewa from Shrimati Sheela Dixit, Chief Minister of Delhi.