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THESE are bewildering times that our civilisation is attending to and undergoing. We the people have a job in hand in adapting ourselves with this grave situation, shielding one and all thus trying to protect the society from this deadly Virus and assuring the durability of our existence. In order to defend ourselves we have been introduced to various “protective gears” which are steadily becoming a part of our journey of life. These elements speculatively are helping us to stay alive and breathing giving us prospects of being safe and secured from the paradox we call, the COVID-19.

The Face Mask is one such gear which has become a constant companion in human being’s struggle for existence, a part of our daily routine, apparelling and soon enough it may also find a place in our fashion books. It’s not an option to accept this entity as our Friend for Life but an obvious prerequisite for the well being of our existence which cannot be ignored, I suppose.

On a different doctrine and dogma this entire occurrence of the sudden intruding of COVID 19 in our lives and settling down with ease and comfort may have been a bone; a blessing in disguise for human beings and the society as it undoubtedly has compelled us to evaluate, introspect and realize our ways of seeing and defining life along with our philosophical search and outlook towards life, appraising the discrete threads of inequalities which intensely exists in our Society.  It has given us a scope to reignite and reassess our various senses gifting us with that window of opportunity to re construct the demeanour and characters of our practical, social, political and intellectual thought spaces.

The reasoning behind the usage of the protective gears in this case the FACE MASK may turn out to be subjective. The perspective may vary from person to person.

These understandings have markedly infiltrated both on a psychological and practical level for me. My ways and process of conceptualising and conceiving a Visual Arts exhibition and constructing the same has coincided well and encouraged me to take this up as a fitting affair for creating a dialogue and discourse in the Visual language with help of the various dialects of practices of different Visual Artists. It may turn out to be an exotic experience for us to identify how the concerned art practitioners employ the FACE MASK as a physical object in their works narrating in their preferred mediums of practices. To unearth how the FACE MASK transforms itself from a popular imagery into a metaphorical symbol of the current times when it gets nurtured in their metaphysical practice and associate itself in their works should really be captivating I believe.

Going by the subject of the show which I believe is popular in a way as it extensively talks about a social crisis and its possible effects on the present situation and future perspectives of our lives; our habits, pattern of social behaviours, it was essential to mount and manifest this exhibition on a platform and territory which is much larger than the conventional gallery space which do has certain limitations. It was precise and definite and I realized that the intention and relevancy of this exhibition will only be ascertained and intensified when it gets cultivated and negotiated by an undefined and unbiased audience and Internet with its virtual platforms turned out to be the best option to opt for. I believe it would be a nice induction of sharing and showcasing art on Social Media and Public domains, developing a much diverse landscape of viewers, building a community of audience around the globe who may not be previously exposed to art exhibitions or who haven’t yet comprehended art as an independent language of communication. To open up spaces for this considerable population by opting methods of insisting them to be a part of the Visual Arts scenario provoking their cultural psyche is necessary and the call of the hour I emphasize.

This exhibition thus does not intend only to address the so called ‘art audience’ with intellectual thoughts and ideas which may be delusional; metamorphose into a visual spectacle which would woo us with its omnipresence rather it endeavours in creating sustainable dialogues regarding our existential reality and initiates to be that similitude image of the current times and practical state which we are endorsing and living in along with hallucinating of a new normal which current trend suggests.

Ayan Mukherjee is the conceptualiser and  curator of the show.

THE outbreak and spread of Covid-19 has left most of us panic-stricken as people across the globe strive to combat this pandemic with rising cases every day. This is a viral infection, and we as human beings have no natural immunity to viruses. While the frontline medical community, actually facing the pandemic, is doing a very good job despite all and every limited resource available to them, the research community is perplexed because any useful and viable vaccine/virus-targeted treatment will take at least 18 to 24 months from the drawing board to disbursement and application.

“This is where Homeopathy has its advantages”, says Dr Pratip Banerji, eminent Kolkata-based homeopath and co-founder of  Dr Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation, “it is a recognised and a very popular system of medicine in India, and historically, homeopathy has an excellent track record in the treatments of epidemics / pandemics. For this reason alone, there should be no bar to its use in any disease, let alone COVID-19.” Homeopathic medicines, according to Dr Pratip Banerji, are safe to use with very little, if any, side-effects as can be experienced by using other systems of medicine.

Currently, conventional treatment of Covid-19 infections is being done with some anti-viral medicines and anti-biotics. While these anti-viral medicines were found to have had some effect on SARS and MERS infections earlier, which were caused by a similar virus, so far there is no definite information that they are having an effect on Covid-19 cases.

Expanding further, he states that in homeopathy an agent is used to treat the same symptoms in a diseased human being that it can produce in a healthy one. “Thus the homeopathic arsenal against any disease already exists, and it is only a question of matching the symptoms of the contagion to the known symptoms of a medicine which is the most similar. Taking this into consideration, the symptoms and the physical systems Covid-19 is affecting, can be analyzed and a Protocol for treatment can be designed. Thus the reaction time between diagnosis and treatment is reduced dramatically.” adds Dr Banerji.

Boosting immunity is exactly what is required in the battle against this disease, to prevent, as well as help patients recover from this contagion.” he informs.

The ‘Banerji Protocols’ which have evolved through extensive clinical experience for over four generations and 150 years of treating a multitude of patients suffering from the same diseases, can make a difference in the fight against Covid-19.

The ‘Banerji Protocols’ are the prescription for specific homeopathic medicines for specific diseases in specific potencies and dosages. “Many studies have shown that our medicines have the power and capability to boost the immune system, Dr Banerji emphasises. “Our Protocols are designed keeping this in mind and medicines are also matched, in a specific manner, according to different problems faced by the patients in various stages of the infection. We have had tremendous success in treating viral diseases, such as the common cold and different types of flu, dengue, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, shingles, hepatitis B and C, herpes and cold sores, polio and even the odd case of rabies.” he adds

He asserts further, “We are confident that we will make a difference in the fight against Covid-19.  We stand shoulder to shoulder with all other medical systems against the most virulent threat so far faced by the population.

“The Protocol has been put up on our website, www.pbhrfindia.org please have a look through the link:  https://pbhrfindia.org/posters-notices/258-banerji-protocols-for-covid-19.html

Dr Banerji said that he has been reaching out to premier institutions across the world, especially in those countries which have been dealing with the outbreak before India, to gather information and case studies as to their successes and failures against the virus. “Taking into account the above information and our experience in treat viral diseases, we have formulated a specific protocol for the disease. This Protocol is available on our website, and within the first two days we already have had 13,000+ hits on the page and various enquiries from all over the world.”

“In this scenario we are getting many enquiries from Covid positive cases, and are in the process of getting into place a “Covid-19 Survey”, in collaboration with an American colleague, associated with a major American university. Through this survey, we will be able to gather data and observe the effects of our medicines on the prevention and treatment of cases, but it is too early to share information on these developments. Results of this will help to validate my suggestions for a successful measure for all to build an effective immunity against Covid-19, circumventing the 18 to 24 months required to create a useful conventional vaccine.”

The Dr Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation (PBHRF) is one of the largest homeopathic institutions in the world, and is treating patients in more than 200 countries through its online facility. It also runs a charitable clinic which has a daily patient footfall of 1,000 – 1,200. Its legacy encompasses 150 years and four generations. Armed with this background, along with its work in collaborative research with many premier institutions around the world on cancer and various diseases, its data accrual system is of the highest international standards. Today it stands ready with this knowledge and experience and is equipped to share and spread this knowledge amongst all who can use it for the benefit of the population.

Dr Banerji thinks what is being done right now in our country / state, that is identification of micro-hotspots, enforcing total lockdown and testing suspicious cases, is a good move by the government. “When the need for lockdown ceases, it will be necessary for a phased unlocking of the situation as a sudden unlocking may trigger the second wave of infection. Also important, and this is being enforced, is to spread sanitary awareness to populations most prone to spread, such as those where it is impossible to maintain ‘Physical Distancing’ and appeals for civic sense and social responsibility amongst populations who are in defiance / denial of their vulnerability to this infection thus posing a threat to all efforts by the aware and the Government to deliver the country Corona Free.”

Be Safe, Stay Calm, Stay@Home, Close to your Loved Ones.