Things are moving fast in the case of the controversial comments made by IMA President Dr. Johnrose Jayalal which had gone viral yesterday.
The Christian website, Haggai International, has deleted the interview of Dr. Johnrose Jayalal which had contained his controversial remarks. Clicking on the link now leads to the main page of Haggai International, and the interview is no longer available. This follows the widespread condemnation of his comments, in which Dr. Jayalal had said that he was using IMA’s platform to convert people to Christianity.
In the now-deleted interview, Dr. Johnrose Jayalal had spoken at length about how he was using IMA’s ‘secular’ platform to spread the word about Jesus Christ among young medical students and doctors. “I deeply desire to be a living witness to God and encourage young medical students and doctors to receive Jesus as their personal savior. I aim to be a witness for God in the secular organization I serve,” he’d said in the interview.
“Installed as president of the Indian Medical Association last December, Dr. Jayalal sees it all as a platform to share the love of Jesus Christ,” the interview had said.
Most shockingly, the doctor had hinted that the Covid pandemic — in which millions have lost their lives worldwide — was an opportunity to convert people to Christianity. “The urgent need of the proclamation of the Gospel to people who are suffering from the virus has allowed us to share the Gospel even in secular institutions,” he’d said in the interview.
The interview is now deleted in its entirety, but its archive link is here, where it can still be accessed in its original form.
After his comments had gone viral, and drawn widespread condemnation, Indian Medical Association was forced to put out a response. The doctors’ body had called the coverage of his comments ‘false propaganda’ and ‘wrong interpretations’. IMA had also threatened to take action against those spreading the comments.
The embattled doctor had himself put out a short note. “Dear Colleagues,
I came to know some messages are being circulated out of context and in distorted form to create a false allegation against me,” Dr Jayalal had claimed. He’d then gone on to say that the comments were being circulated because of IMA’s stance against Ayurveda and other Indian medical systems. “It is also related to our struggle against mixopathy and creating a religious color to it. Fight against mixopathy is a struggle of IMA and not an individual,” he’s said.
Dr. Jayalal had then gone on to play victim. “I am getting hate and threatening messages as traitor. One falsehood spoils a thousand truths. Truth will rise above falsehood,” he’d claimed.
It’s a spirited defence, but one that raises more questions than it answers. If his comments were indeed being taken out of context as Dr. Jayalal claims, why was his interview deleted by Haggai International? Having the interview up would’ve allowed him to prove his detractors wrong, and explain how his comments were being misinterpreted by his critics.
But even as the interview has mysteriously disappeared, it had been archived by some quick-thinking netizens. Here is where it will stay for eternity, allowing readers to make up their minds about what Dr. Jayalal had really meant when he’d spoken about using secular platforms to encourage young medical students and doctors to receive Jesus as their personal savior.