The Ministry of Science and Technology, in conjugation with the Department of Science and Technology, has conceptualized a new research program – Science and Technology of Yoga and Meditation (SATYAM) – under its CSIR or the Cognitive Science Research Initiative program. Aimed to foster scientific research on the ancient arts of meditation and yoga, the ministry has called for research proposals from academicians and scientists from across the country.
According to reports, the basic areas of research, as directed by SATYAM, will include the effect of yoga and meditation on the physical as well as mental well-being of people, and the effect of yoga and meditation on the body, brain and mind in terms of basic processes and mechanisms.
A one-of-a-kind initiative taken for the first time by the Indian government, it became a point of discussion on the Reddit forum. While the topic itself seemingly aimed at discussing the futility of conducting such a research, many people accepted it with open arms. According to those supporting the program, it is a welcome research proposal as it aims at discussing and solving the various mental issues dealt by people in the contemporary age that looms largely on the backdrop of depression and other mental illnesses.
While arguing in favor of the proposal, many users expressed their solidarity with AYUSH, a newly formed ministry of the Indian government that works to implement more researches on alternative medicines including yoga. According to these users, yoga as well as Ayurveda needs more research as they have much potential.
The discussion got very interesting, albeit a heated one, with many users hitting out at the government for promoting such a “basic” research:
However, there were some users in favor of the research, who even lashed out at the operator for discussing topics that aim to showcase Indian culture in the wrong light. Commenting on the necessity of such a research, one of users said that it may actually help to shatter the wrong notions that a number of people hold against yoga and Ayurveda:
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