National Doctors Day 2020; Four Interesting Facts About Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy | 4 stories related to Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy: When Gandhi said, you do not treat 40 crore countrymen for free, then Bidhan Chandra said, I am treating the representative of 40 crore people for free.


  • Dean of St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London made up his mind not to admit Dr. Roy, admission after 30 rounds
  • When they reached America's restaurant, they refused to serve them, the next day this matter made newspaper headlines.

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Jul 01, 2020, 05:00 AM IST

Coronavior, or doctors, are working to save patients from all over the world. In between infections, they are also treating patients and are also struggling to protect themselves. Today is National Doctors Day, which is celebrated in honor of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, the famous physician of the country and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal. The Central Government started celebrating Doctor's Day in the country on 1 July 1991. 1 July is his birthday. Know 5 interesting stories related to his life …

Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy was also Bapu's personal doctor and a friend.

Case 1: When Bapu told Bidhan Chandra, you are arguing with me like a third class lawyer

Bidhan Chandra Roy was studying in Calcutta University when Bengal was partitioned in 1905. He preferred his studies instead of taking part in the movement against the British. After completing his studies, he joined the independence movement and gradually got involved in Bengal politics. During this time he was Bapu Mahatma Gandhi's personal doctor.

Gandhiji refused to take medicines in 1933 during the 'self-purification' fast. Bidhan met Chandra Bapu and requested him to take medicines. Gandhiji said to him, why should I take your medicines? Have you treated 400 million people in our country for free?

To this Bidhan Chandra replied, No, Gandhiji, I cannot treat all patients free of cost. But I have not come here to cure Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, I have come to cure him who is the representative of 40 crore people of my country. To this, Gandhi jokingly said to him, you are arguing with me like a third class lawyer.

This picture is from the era when Dr. Roy was the Chief Minister in West Bengal.

Second story: Roy is so big that even Nehru obeys his medical orders.

The most talked about praise of Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy is associated with the first Prime Minister of the country, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Bidhan Chandra was one of the doctors in the country whose advice was followed by Pandit Jawaharlal. It was mentioned by Pandit Jawaharlal in an interview in 1962 to the Washington Times. He shared the story of the era when he was very ill and a panel of doctors was formed for treatment, which included Roy. After the interview, the newspaper wrote, "Roy is so big that even Nehru obeys his medical orders."

Dr. Roy established many institutions and 5 cities in Bengal. These include Durgapur, Kalyani, Ashoknagar, Bidhan Nagar and Habra.

Third anecdote: victim of social discrimination, American restaurant tells Roy to leave

In 1947, Bidhanchandra arrived at a restaurant in the United States to eat and was refused service. The entire event was published in the New York Times. According to the report published in the New York Times, Roy arrived at the restaurant with five of his friends. Seeing them, the restaurant operator told the lady waiter, tell them, they will not be served here, they can take food from here and go out.

After hearing this, Roy got up and left. After the incident, the reporter shared the full story of this social discrimination and returned to India.

Dr. Roy was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1961 by the Government of India.

Fourth anecdote: Provided financial help to Satyajit Ray, who is struggling with financial crisis

Renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray had to struggle with financial struggles to make his film Pather Panchali. His mother introduced him to his acquaintances after many difficulties. Roy was one of them and also the then Chief Minister. Roy was deeply impressed by Satyajit Ray's project and agreed to give him government funding. Not only this, after the completion of the film, Roy also got a special screening of this film for Jawaharlal Nehru. The film depicted the story of a country struggling with poverty.

During the inauguration of the then Chief Minister Bidhan Chandra Roy Salt Lake Reform Scheme. This photo is from 16 April 1962. Dr. Roy in dark glasses (right)

Fifth story: After 30 meetings with Dean, he got admission in London

Roy arrived at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London in 1909 for a higher study. But it was not easy for him to get admission here. The Dean of St. Bartholomew's Hospital tried hard not to admit Roy. He held Roy for about a month and a half so that he could return. Roy also continued his admissions efforts. Met Dean 30 times for admission. Eventually Dean's heart melted and he agreed to be admitted.


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