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June 27, 2011

Baba Ramdev back in Delhi, hits out at government

New Delhi:  Returning to Delhi three weeks after he was bundled out from here, yoga guru Ramdev today attacked the government claiming that it has no will to fight corruption or create a Lokpal to check the menace.

Ramdev said he would continue his fight against corruption alongside “anybody from any party, any religion”. He said he was willing to fight the menace but he did not make it clear whether he would join Anna Hazare on August 16 when the latter relaunches his campaign for a strong Lokpal.

Holding that he was “not a mask” for BJP or RSS, he asked why the government was talking to him if they thought he was a criminal and insisted he doesn’t have a penny of black money.

“Government does not want to create a Lokpal,” he said addressing a press conference here after meeting Raj Bala, who was grievously injured in the June five pre-dawn police crackdown at Ramlila Maidan on his supporters, at a hospital and dared the government to “search” his institutions for black money and declare it as national asset.

“Sarkar pehle bhrashtachari thi, abh woh atyachari bhi ho gayi (The government was indulging in corruption earlier. Now it is indulging in atrocities),” he said, adding, “This government has no will to fight corruption.”

The yoga guru alleged that the government was muzzling voices of those who talk about black money or tell the truth.

Terming the crackdown in Ramlila Maidan as “murder of democracy”, he alleged it was aimed at eliminating him and that there were “attempts to rape women” by drunk men during the police action.

However, Ramdev did not throw any light on his next move as part of his anti-corruption campaign. He said he would launch a free housing scheme in Haridwar on July one followed by another programme on August four for empowering villages.

Ramdev reached the capital from Haridwar by road this afternoon and straight away headed to G B Pant Hospital in central Delhi to visit Raj Bala.

Police had erected barricades along the border to screen those entering the Capital and ensure that no untoward incident occurred during Ramdev’s visit to the city.

Earlier, police had said he was not allowed to enter the capital for 15 days but later retracted from it.

June 14, 2011

Baba Ramdev discharged from hospital, targets govt

Baba RamdevDehradun:  After a doctor publicly announced that Baba Ramdev is in good health, the yoga icon addressed a press conference. He ended his nine-day hunger fast on Sunday, but said his struggle against corruption and black money continues.

Baba Ramdev thanked his supporters for standing by him but criticized the government for dismantling his huge yoga camp plus sit-in-protest in Delhi on June 11.

The police lathi-charged and teargassed the 65,000 people who were with Baba Ramdev at Ramlila Maidan; the  yoga teacher was evicted and flown back to Uttarakhand.

“That was a dark night,” said the yoga teacher, ” we didn’t do anything wrong by holding a peaceful protest.”

(source: ndtv.com)

 

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)

June 13, 2011

Baba Ramdev is turning black money into white: Digvijay Singh

Digvijay SinghGuna: Continuing his tirade against Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday asked Baba to name the person who had secretly donated him a helicopter.

Singh also accused Baba Ramdev of turning the black money received as donations, into white.

“Baba, who is demanding that the names of the people with black money should be made public, should name the person who had secretly donated a helicopter to him,” Singh told reporters at his hometown in Raghogarh last evening.

“Baba is bringing the secret donations (black money) under the tax free category, making it white, and accumulating huge capital,” Singh alleged.

“Baba was in the business of turning black money into white. It was against the Centre’s Prevention of Money Laundering Act,” he said demanding an inquiry into it.

Taking a potshot at Baba, he wondered from where the figure of Rs 400 lakh crore black money stashed abroad has cropped up.

“Slowly and gradually, things are becoming clear, which is why, the RSS and BJP have started distancing themselves from Baba,” he said.

“Baba himself stated that the government had agreed to 99 per cent of his demands, which is why he is continuing his fast,” he said.

Singh said that Ramdev’s fast wasn’t a satyagraha, but a ‘Nautanki’ in Ramlila ground in Delhi.

(source: sify.com)

June 11, 2011

BJP concerned over Ramdev’s health, wants Centre to intervene

BJPNew Delhi:  Expressing concern over Baba Ramdev’s health, the BJP has said the Centre should intervene as any untoward turn in the yoga teacher’s health can become a national issue.

The announcement came late on Friday night, after the BJP core group met at senior leader LK Advani’s residence. The meeting was attended by BJP President Nitin Gadkari, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and General Secretary Ananth Kumar.
Baba Ramdev
Earlier on Friday, the party said the government should take Ramdev’s fast against corruption and black money seriously and announce “credible action” to tackle the issues raised by him.

“This (black money) is a very serious issue….He has raised some very pertinent questions on the issue of corruption and the whole country is agitated on the issue. We want that the government take this matter seriously and announce some credible measures,” BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

 Baba Ramdev who enters the eighth day of his fast today, was carried out of his ashram in Haridwar on a stretcher on Friday and admitted to a hospital in Dehradun. He was also given glucose in an ambulance en route to the hospital. Doctors attending to him said his liver had been affected and his blood pressure was worryingly low.

The yoga guru and the government have been at war since last Saturday, when the Baba was evicted from his camp in Delhi where he combined yoga classes with a sit-in protest and the launch of his hunger strike against corruption and black money. 65,000 people were in attendance when the police broke up the camp with teargassing and a lathicharge. The Baba was evicted and flown back to Uttarakhand.

The action at Ramlila Maidan ended days of negotiation between the government and the Baba over his suggestions for how to tackle the problem of crores of untaxed money that have been shipped abroad. The late-night violence united Opposition parties who accused the government of violating citizens’ right to peacefully protest. Civil activists who have declared Gandhian Anna Hazare their leader pounded the government too, with public criticism and a one-day fast at Rajghat on Wednesday.
(source: ndtv.com)

June 11, 2011

Baba Ramdev in hospital, fast continues

Baba Ramdev In Hopital

Dehradun:  Baba Ramdev, hospitalised yesterday after his health deteriorated, is continuing his hunger-strike. Today is the eighth day of his fast.

And despite the treatment at the Himalayan Hospital, where he is now, there were concerns about his health after his blood pressure dropped last night. However, doctors briefed the media today on his health condition and said the condition of the yoga guru is improving now.

“There was a drop in Ramdev’s parameter last night but today, he is stable. However, he is complaining about weakness, and is unable to sit and talk. He is not in ICU now, but in a VIP room,” said Dr Deepak Goyal, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Himalayan Hospital.

He also said that all his parametres are under control and there is no need to shift Baba Ramdev to AIIMS in Delhi.

 The yoga teacher was carried out of his ashram in Haridwar on a stretcher on Friday afternoon after doctors attending to him said his liver had been affected and his blood pressure was worryingly low because of his hunger strike. Ramdev was given glucose en route to the hospital, but he has refused to end his hunger strike.

Today, his key aide Acharya Balakrishna has also been admitted to the ICU.

Baba Ramdev’s followers have made statements of worry as has the BJP, which has asked the Centre to intervene. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said,”This (black money) is a very serious issue… He has raised some very pertinent questions on the issue of corruption and the whole country is agitated on the issue. We want that the government take this matter seriously and announce some credible measures.”

Doctors have been monitoring the yoga expert’s health every three hours. They said yesterday that since the level of ketones in the Baba’s system had increased, they feared he could suffer permanent brain damage.

Outside the Patanjali Yogapeeth, his supporters took to the streets on Friday blocking the main highway that leads to Haridwar city. They were upset the government had not responded to Baba Ramdev’s demands on black money.

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar who visited him in hospital on Friday said he had urged Baba Ramdev to start eating solids from Saturday.

“I have spoken with him and hope he will listen to me,” he said.

Sri Sri also confirmed that he is mediating between the government and Baba Ramdev, who have been at war since Saturday night, when the Baba was evicted from his camp in Delhi where he combined yoga classes with a sit-in protest and the launch of his hunger strike against corruption and black money.

The Uttarakhand government too has appealed to Baba Ramdev to end his fast.

“We have asked him to break his fast, his well being is very important for India and for the world as he has established India’s identity in the world in all spheres. Everyone is looking upto him and it is important for him to recover to fullfil his efforts for our country,” Uttarakhand Agriculture Minister Trivendra Rawat said.

In Delhi, activist Swami Agnivesh also met with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on the Ramdev crisis on Friday, suggesting that the government may want to start a new round of discussions with the yoga teacher.

The yoga icon whose followers run into lakhs started his fast last Saturday morning in Delhi at the Ramlila Maidan. 65,000 people were in attendance on Saturday night when the police broke up the camp with teargassing and a lathicharge. The Baba was evicted and flown back to Uttarakhand.

The action at Ramlila Maidan ended days of negotiation between the government and the Baba over his suggestions for how to tackle the problem of crores of untaxed money that have been shipped abroad. The late-night violence united Opposition parties who accused the government of violating citizens’ right to peacefully protest. Civil activists who have declared Gandhian Anna Hazare their leader pounded the government too, with public criticism and a one-day fast at Rajghat on Wednesday.

The government has disclosed that various tax inquiries are being conducted against the Baba’s business empire whose reported turnover is more than a thousand crores. Yesterday, the Baba retaliated by declaring online the balance sheets of the four trusts that he runs for charitable purposes. However, he did not share the financial records of the 34 companies that are linked to him and are run by his close aide, Acharya Balakrishna.

The Baba has also been forced to defend a controversial remark he made earlier this week – that he would recruit 11,000 young men and women who would reciprocate if attacked. Yesterday, he said his remark had been distorted and misreported. “The words should be used in the right context… I said I will make a force who will not beat anyone but they will not get beaten either,” the yoga teacher said, adding, “what is the harm or wrong if I speak about shaurya (valour)”.

The Baba’s remark – seen as incendiary by his critics – had also provoked criticism from other social activists and a warning of legal action from the government.

(source: ndtv.com)

June 9, 2011

Baba Ramdev to declare assets, defends call to arms

Baba RamdevHaridwar:  Baba Ramdev, who will declare his assets today to counter allegations that he has illegal wealth, has also defended his controversial call to arms yesterday.

On Wednesday, the Baba had said he would build and train an army of 11,000 men and women to fight corruption and warned the government that the next time there was police action at a protest, his supporters would be armed and would retaliate. He did not climb down completely on Thursday, but was on the defensive when he said he was not “training terrorists or Maoists, but nationalists.”

“The words should be used in the right context…I said I will make a force who will not beat anyone but they will not get beaten either,” the yoga teacher said, adding, “what is the harm or wrong if I speak about shaurya (valour)?”

Ramdev’s provocative comment in Haridwar yesterday caused a political storm in nearby Delhi. He had said: “Twenty youth from each region will come forward for our fight against corruption. They must be dedicated, ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. They will be given arms training. Next time at Ramlila it will be Ravanlila. Let’s see who gets beaten up.”

The government made its stand clear. “It is anti-national and we have to take action,” warned V Narayanswamy, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. (Watch) An hour later, the Home Minister weighed in. “I’ve seen Ramdev’s statement. By making that statement he’s exposed his true colours and intention. Let him do so and the law will deal with that,” P Chidambaram said.

Later on Wednesday evening, a statement issued by his spokesperson SK Tijarawala said that the Baba did not mean training in the use of guns or bombs and that the intention was not to take law in their hands.

he government has been caught in a face-off with the yoga icon since the weekend, when it ordered the police to dismantle a massive camp that the Baba had organised – it combined yoga with a sit-in against corruption. On Saturday, the Baba launched an indefinite hunger strike. Hours later, the police moved in and arrested him. The 65,000 people gathered at Ramlila Maidan were teargassed and lathi-charged.

The incident brought together activists and opposition parties who condemned the government for breaking up a peaceful demonstration.

Gandhian Anna Hazare was also on a one-day fast on Wednesday at Rajghat in the Capital to protest against the action at Ramlila Maidan, and to push the government to agree to a new corruption law that’s being drafted partly by activists led by him. Mr Hazare- the face of a campaign named India Against Corruption – declared that his movement is a “second freedom movement.” If the government doesn’t introduce the new Lokpal Bill by August 15, he warned, he will go on another fast.

(source: ndtv.com)

June 8, 2011

Ramdev threatens govt, will raise armed force

Baba RamdevBaba Ramdev whose protest against corruption was crushed by police at the weekend warned on Wendesday of violence and threatened to train an army of 11,000 followers. Baba Ramdev issued the call-to-arms from his ashram near the holy town of Haridwar 130 miles (200 kilometres) north of New Delhi after he was ejected from the capital. He and 50,000 supporters had gathered in Delhi to hold a hunger strike as part of a growing wave of dissent against the government’s failure to tackle corruption.

But early on Sunday, police wielding sticks and firing tear gas broke up the protest in a surprise move that infuriated Ramdev’s millions of followers and triggered sharp criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Ramdev, whose popularity stems from his daily yoga shows on television, called for men and women to join his “army”.

“They must be dedicated, ready to make the ultimate sacrifice,” he said in remarks reported by television news channels. “They will be given arms training. We will build an army of 11,000 men and women.”

His spokesman said that the force would have weapons but would act only in self-defence. He said that Ramdev was determined to stand up to police if they again attacked him or his supporters.

Corruption has become a major focus of public discontent in the country, and Ramdev’s hunger strike – which he resumed on Monday – has piled further pressure on the government.

The main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sought to tap into the anger, with leader of the opposition Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday travelling to met Ramdev in Haridwar.

Another hunger striker, veteran activist Anna Hazare, on Wednesday attracted thousands of people to a one-day demonstration in Delhi to protest against the police crackdown on Ramdev.

(source: hindustantimes.com)

June 8, 2011

Baba Ramdev makes it to Bollywood!

Wondering who will play the title role in this film? We did some homework for you

Amitabh Bachan

The folks running B-town seem to watch the news – they jump on to any new bandwagon that could bring in audiences. This time around, it’s Baba Ramdev, the guru last seen wearing a lady’s salwar kurta and running from police at the Ramlila ground in Delhi. If he is making headlines, he should set the BO registers ringing madly, is the logic the filmi types use. And we hear that Sanjay Dutt will be playing Baba R in a film based on the recent events, to be directed by his friend Mani Shankar.

Sanjay DuttCoincidentally, Sanjay Dutt is fondly known as ‘Baba’ in Bollywood. We were left wondering who else in Bollywood could possibly do justice to a role like this one. The brainstorming left us looking no less twisted and hopelessly entangled than the guru in one of his yoga postures , but we somehow zeroed down on three B-town actors who could pull it off with some degree of conviction.

Nana PatekarWhile we weren’t totally sure about Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt (mainly due to their extreme yoga-incompatible physiques), we all almost unanimously agreed on Nana Patekar. Not only are his oratory skills of a legendary stature, he also has a fit body that can be twisted and turned to convince the audience that he is, of course, the real (albeit filmi) deal. Who do you think can play Baba Ramdev convincingly enough?

(source: bollywoodlife.com)

June 8, 2011

अन्ना हजारे का राजघाट पर अनशन आज

अन्ना हजारे और उनके समर्थक दिल्ली के राजघाट पर एक दिन का अनशन करेंगे। इस अनशन को पहले जंतर- मंतर पर किए जाने का योजना थी पर पुलिस ने इसकी अनुमति नहीं दी जिस वजह से इसका आयोजन अब राजघाट पर किया जाएगा।


अन्ना हज़ारे ये अनशन बाबा रामदेव के आंदोलन में हुई पुलिस की कार्रवाई के विरोध में कर रहे हैं। अनशन सुबह 10 बजे शुरू होगा। इसके साथ ही एक प्रार्थना सभा और लोकपाल विधेयक के मुद्दे पर चर्चा की जाएगी। सिविल सोसायटी के मेंबर प्रशांत भूषण ने बताया कि जंतर-मंतर नई दिल्ली में आता है जहां पर धारा 144 लागू की गई है इसलिए अनशन को राजघाट पर किया जाएगा क्योंकि वहां पर धारा 144 लागू नहीं है।

(source: khabar.ndtv.com)