Dr. Yudhvir Singh
(11 July 1897 – 18 June 1983)
Founder of Delhi Homoeopathic Medical Association (DHMA)
Dr Yudhvir Singh, a luminary in the field of Homoeopathy, was a man of many talents and accomplishments. Born on the 11th of July in 1897, in the city of Jaipur, he began his practice in Homoeopathy at the tender age of 23. From then on, he worked tirelessly to promote and develop this form of medicine, until his last breath. Moreover, he was an esteemed freedom fighter who fought for India’s independence.
For nearly six decades, Dr Singh was a central figure in the field of Homoeopathy, not only in Delhi but also at the international level. In 1928, a homoeopathic charitable trust was established in his honour, and it currently operates twelve charitable homoeopathic dispensaries that primarily serve economically disadvantaged communities in Delhi. These dispensaries provide free or low-cost medical services to those in need, which is a testament to Dr Singh’s commitment to serving the underprivileged.
In 1952, Dr Yudhvir Singh was elected as a member of the newly formed Legislative Assembly and became the Health and Labour Minister of Delhi. During his tenure, he significantly improved hospital services and established special arrangements for the treatment of the poor. In 1956, he brought the Delhi Homoeopathic Act, which established guidelines and regulations for homoeopathic medical practitioners in the city.
The Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College in Delhi was founded by Dr Singh’s charitable trust. Its foundation stone was laid by Dr Sushil Nayyar, the Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, on August 22nd, 1963. The college’s OPD wing was inaugurated by the late Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri on May 6th, 1964. The college was established on a two-and-a-half-acre plot of land that was purchased from the government for Rs. eleven Lakhs.
Dr Singh was also a founding member of the Delhi Public Library and served as its President until his death. Furthermore, he was President of the Delhi Nashabandi Samiti, Chairman of the Delhi Branch of the Hind Kusht Nivaran Sangh, President of the Delhi Homoeopathic Board, a member of the Central Council of Homoeopathy, President of the All India Homoeopathic Medical Association, and Chairman of the Reception Committee of the International Homoeopathic Congress and yes was also the founder of Delhi Homoeopathic Medical Association in 1932.
He also started ‘Hahnemannian Sandesh’ a homoeopathic medical journal that is now known as “The Hahnemannian Homoeopathic Sandesh”.
Throughout his life, Dr Singh dedicated himself to the betterment of society, and his manifold social activities was recognized when he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1977. His contributions to the field of Homoeopathy were also recognized through his regular columns in leading newspapers.
On the 18th of June in 1983, this noble soul departed from this world, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire generations of medical practitioners and social activists. Dr Yudhvir Singh’s unwavering commitment to the betterment of society, coupled with his contributions to the field of Homoeopathy, make him an exemplary figure whose life and work serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all.