Posts tagged ‘Baba Ramdev Fast’

June 13, 2011

Mixed feelings among followers as Ramdev ends fast

Baba RamdevDehradun: The end of Ramdev’s nine-day-old fast against corruption and black money today evoked mixed feelings among hundreds of his supporters with a section of them unhappy with the yoga guru’s decision.

While many of his followers supported Ramdev’s decision, some were disappointed and wanted Ramdev to go ahead with his fast till the Centre accepted all his demands.

“Ramdev should have continued for some more days as he was able to successfully wake up people over the issue of corruption. I am unhappy over his decision” said Lakhan, one of his followers, who had come from Muzzaffarpur.

“I am with the yoga guru. I have come from Andhra Pradesh to pledge my support. I am slightly disappointed over his decision. But whatever it is we will support it happily,” said Hyderabad-based businessman Lalit.

Ramdev, along with his confidant Balakrishna, today ended his fast heeding the appeals of various spiritual and religious leaders including Sri Sri Ravishankar.

The duo had been brought to the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences near here after Ramdev’s condition worsened on the seventh day of his fast at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar on June 10.

“It is good that he has broken his fast. It is a matter of happiness for me. I will also have food now. Our fight will continue till central government accepts all his demands,” said Rukmani, who had come from Motihari district in Bihar to fast with Ramdev.

Ramdev was fasting from June 4. Today was the ninth day of his protest.

“It is good that Ramdev tried to do something for the welfare of the country. But it should be the government’s duty to remove corruption from our country and bring black money stashed in foreign banks,” said Mukul, who runs a small eatery outside the hospital’s main gate.

The hospital compound was the centre of attraction for past three days as locals were amused and excited over the presence of a huge number of mediapersons from both print and electronic media who remained at the spot 24×7 ever since Ramdev was admitted to the hospital.

“I have never watched mediapersons so closely. It was exciting. I was getting first hand news on Ramdev,” an exciting Renuka said.

(source: sify.com)

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June 7, 2011

Ramdev says history will not forgive Manmohan for “political sin”

Baba Ramdev Fast against corruption

With the government toughening its stand against Baba Ramdev, the yoga guru on Tuesday said he forgave the Prime Minister for the crackdown on his agitation but history will not forgive him for the “political sin” he committed.

“The Prime Minister termed it (the police action) unfortunate. In a way he has accepted his sin. Since he has accepted his sin, I have forgiven him,” Baba Ramdev told reporters here.

“I have personally forgiven him but the history of not only India but the whole world will never forgive him for the political sin he committed. He has tainted democracy,” Baba Ramdev, who is continuing his satyagraha here, said.

The yoga guru was reacting to Dr. Singh’s remarks on Monday that “it was unfortunate that the operation had to be conducted but quite honestly, there was no alternative.”

Baba Ramdev also attacked the Congress for ridiculing his escape in a women’s dress from the ground, saying even Maratha warrior Shivaji had escaped in disguise to secure the nation.

“If anybody saves his life for securing the nation, they won’t like it. Even Shivaji had saved his life. But these people do not accept Shivaji as their ideal. Their target is to protect terrorists and kill Baba.”

Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi had on MOnday said, “A satyagrahi does not run away stealthily wearing women’s dress. Satyagrahi is always ready to sacrifice his life“.

Baba Ramdev also alleged there could be “five kinds of conspiracies” to eliminate him at the Ramlila ground from where he was evicted after his talks with the Government to end the fast failed.

The yoga guru said that he suspects that the police would now edit the recordings made by the CCTV cameras installed at the ground in a bid to wipe out the evidence so that they escape action.

“We had put CCTV cameras in the camp, which recorded the events. If the police had not done anything wrong, why did they took away the footages forcibly. This is clear cut goondaism of the police.

“Our workers who had gone there have been embroiled in false cases under a conspiracy. The police will now edit the footage and then release after deleting portions so that no action follows against them,” Baba Ramdev said.

Baba Ramdev said there could be conspiracies to kill him by strangulating, burning the stage on which he was sitting and shooting him.

He said the government’s argument that there was a threat of terrorist attack on him could be the fifth conspiracy to eliminate him and alleged that an e-mail has been “manufactured” by the government to make it convincing.

(source: thehindu.com)

June 6, 2011

BJP to meet President on Ramdev, demand special Parliament session

Bharatiya Janta PartyNew Delhi: BJP on Monday said it will hold peaceful protests across the country against the crackdown on Baba Ramdev’s agitation and meet President Pratibha Patil to demand convening of a special session of Parliament to discuss the issue.

The party, whose top leaders including BJP president Nitin Gadkari are holding a satyagraha at Rajghat, accused the government of “shielding and protecting” the corrupt.

“We would seek the intervention of the President. We would meet her this evening. LK Advani had yesterday said that the BJP will demand a special session of Parliament to discuss the issue,” BJP chief spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said.

Advani, Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley were among a host of leaders who were at the satyagraha site.

Prasad said the Congress should remember that the BJP had fought against the “godmother of India” Indira Gandhi and succeeded.

“One thing that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister should remember is that the BJP fought against Indira Gandhi and emerged victorious.

“People of this country had taught a lesson. They will also teach these people a lesson. The whole country is angry and in an agitating mode. The government has lost all its moral authority and is cracking down on peaceful protests like the one led by Baba Ramdev while giving permission for anti-India rallies and speeches like the one by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

The BJP had yesterday launched an agitation against the crackdown on Baba Ramdev’s supporters and asked the government to bring back black money parked abroad.

(source: zeenews.india.com)

June 4, 2011

Baba Ramdev begins fast against corruption

Baba RamdevNew Delhi:  Baba Ramdev began his hunger strike at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi at sharp 7 am today. He describes his fast as “a satyagraha against corruption.”

Thousands of his supporters have already gathered there and many more are expected to join him through the day. Former VHP leader Sadhvi Ritambara also shared the stage with him.

Before launching the fast, Baba Ramdev held a yoga and bhajan session during which he told the gathering that his protest was intended to “save the country from corruption and ensure that the poor get a good life.”

“Nothing is impossible, everything is possible and we are not going to be defeated,” he said, referring to bringing back black money stashed in tax havens abroad. Ramdev arrived at the stage at around 4:50 am and was welcomed with a huge round of applause from his followers. The crowd cheered him whenever he spoke about bringing back black money and declaring it “a national asset.”

Yesterday, four hours of negotiation at a five-star hotel in Delhi did not give the government the out it was desperately seeking. Baba Ramdev, who met with ministers Kapil Sibal and Subodh Kant Sahay  at the Claridges Hotel, said he will launch his hunger strike on Saturday after all. So far, there is no breakthrough in the back-channel talks either. However, the talks are expected to continue today.

he yoga icon has promised that his movement will not be punctuated by either violence or abuse. “We won’t give up till our demands are met,” he vowed at Ramlila Maidan, which has been transformed into the capital city of his crusade.

Earlier on Friday, it was here that Baba Ramdev indicated that his efforts were paying off. “Barring one or two issues, a consensus seems to be emerging between us and the government.”

The evening saw a change in mood.  When the talks ended without a truce, the Baba headed to Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat where he offered his prayers. He then drove to Ramlila Maidan where he held a lengthy briefing for a crowd that cheered, waved flags and went a few sizes up every half hour or so.

At the same time, Mr Sibal met the Prime Minister to update him on the negotiations. “We are very happy with the progress, these things cannot be settled in a day,” said Mr Sibal to reporters.  He also indicated that more talks are likely with Baba Ramdev. Mr Sahay met with Baba Ramdev again later in the evening.

At their session on Friday, Mr Sibal and Mr Sahay presented Baba Ramdev with a written response to his charter of demands that focuses largely on the need to check black money, recover it from foreign bank accounts, and declare it “a national asset.”  Baba Ramdev also wants the death penalty to be a possible punishment for corruption charges.

His insistence on the withdrawal of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes was allegedly one of the issues that the government could not agree to. Baba Ramdev also wants Hindi to be made the language of instruction for higher education.

Sources have told NDTV that the Cabinet Secretary is expected to release the written response given by the Government to Baba Ramdev.

In his focus on corruption as India’s Public Enemy No 1, the Baba has provoked the interest of the thousands of people who usually attend his mass-yoga classes, which are televised to audiences of millions.

He has also won the support of the right-wing RSS, which has unnerved both the  government and   other civil society activists.  The RSS has ordered its workers to participate in Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike.  “Ramdev said no one (from RSS) will be there. He said that no party or no communal element is involved in the movement. He assured that no such element would be on the dais”, said Arvind Kejriwal, an activist at the frontline of the India Against Corruption movement.

So far, the face of that campaign has been  Gandhian Anna Hazare, whose own hunger strike in April became the centrifugal force of a new public determination to hold the government accountable for corruption.  Mr Hazare ignored the government’s pleas to end his fast.  Finally, the government met all his conditions. It agreed that a new law to check corruption will be introduced quickly and it will be drafted by a committee that includes Mr Hazare and other non-government representatives.

Worried about Baba Ramdev pulling off an Anna, the government has through this week treated Mr Ramdev as its top priority – in a gesture that annoyed the Congress party, four senior ministers received Mr Ramdev at the Delhi Airport earlier this week and spent two hours there with him urging him to cancel his fast.

The ministerial posse was criticized by a section of the Congress,  as also  Mr Hazare, who said the grand gesture was aimed at lulling Mr Ramdev into a false sense of security. “They will trap Ramdev also. They will cheat him. What is the need for so many people to go? It was OK for one or two to go,” the Gandhian said.

So after a series of meetings with the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi, the government decided to continue negotiations with Baba Ramdev but stressed that senior ministers like Pranab Mukherjee would no longer be involved.  Instead, Mr Sibal and Mr Sahay-  were assigned the roles of chief negotiators.

The Baba says he’s not misappropriating his considerable stature to stray into areas that he may not be familiar with. “I am not crossing the limits of  Yoga. Not lying and stealing is also part of yoga and I am trying to bring those who have crossed that limit back within the limit,” he declared.

(source: ndtv.com)