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Muslim doctors in Mumbai boycott medicines of US, British companies

Muslim doctors in Mumbai boycott medicines of US, British companies

Author: Satish Nandgaonkar (AP)
Publication: The Hindustan Times
Date: November 12, 2001
URL: http://www.hindustantimes.com/nonfram/121101/dLNAT33.asp

More than 2,000 Muslim doctors in Mumbai and its suburbs would boycott medicines of American and British companies in protest of the US-led strikes against Afghanistan, the Doctors' Association said on Monday.

The Muslim Medico Association said it has yet to draw up a list of the drugs that would be boycotted, but the list would exclude some lifesaving drugs.

The doctors were joining the call given by Muslim intellectuals and clerics worldwide to boycott American and British products, said Dr. Y.A. Matcheswala, president of the newly formed association.

"Islam does not permit the indiscriminate killing of human beings... We strongly condemn the killing of innocent people on Sept. 11, but the massacre in Afghanistan also cannot be justified before any world court," he said.

There are more than 5,000 Muslims doctors in Mumbai, and its suburbs, but the association could so far contact only 2,000 of them, Matcheswala said.

The boycott would apply to medicines and other products of all such companies that are American or British in their ownership, said another official of the association.

The official named Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Elli Lily as some of the companies on the top of the boycott list.

The association said the boycott call would not affect the patients.

"I can easily substitute an imported drug with an Indian drug and Indian drugs are much more economical," said Matcheswala, a practicing psychiatrist in Mumbai.

"We thought a boycott call was the best way of peaceful protest," he said.

A few weeks ago, hundreds of Muslim restaurant owners in Mumbai boycotted Coca-Cola and Pepsi. There have been similar announcements from other Indian cities.

India has the second largest Muslim population in the world, totalling about 140 million. There have been several protests against the military action in Afghanistan, but none have turned violent with few exceptions.

The government has backed the US-led coalition against terrorism since the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York and Washington.

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