3rd June 2011
Is Baba Ramdev wasting everyone’s time!?
Two comments I read today have surprised me to no extent, and forced me to read more about what’s going on.
a) On Twitter, anshu_sunny82 (Anshuman Kumar) wrote in response to my blog post on Ramdev, earlier today: “These articles are based on the premise-Baba will be joining Politics and launch a party.which wont happen.case clsed.”
b) And I read on Tehelka, KN Govindacharya saying, “there is no way he will enter political life”.
I’m now very confused!
About a year ago I was in India and the headlines were the Baba Ramdev is into politics. That he is launching Bharat Swabhiman precisely as a political entity. I checked google to make sure I wasn’t dreaming, and here is just one of the MANY news reports on the issue:
Baba Ramdev launches political party named Bharat Swabhiman (DNA March 17, 2010)
But I now see these, as well!
Baba Ramdev to float political party in 2 years [NDTV 3 December 2010]
Baba Ramdev won’t launch political party [Times of India, Apr 21, 2011]
What’s going on? Can someone please enlighten me?
I’d appreciate knowing what’s going on. Is he into politics or is he not?
This man as a yogi is of NO interest to me. I “do” some yoga for health, but that’s about it. I’m not a fanatic yogi. I have NO time for yogis.
The reason I was paying at least some attention to this yogi is because he seemed to display great courage to take on the big political parties, and to work towards the implementation of his ideas (despite the fact that I don’t agree with many of them).
I was even giving him credit for being a smart political strategist!
But what is all this that I’m reading?
Is he just another of those who is wasting people’s time? Like Anna Hazare?
The people of India want CHANGE. They want good governance. They want corruption to be removed. That can ONLY be done by joining politics, contesting elections, and taking charge of India’s governance. There is no other way.
Even though Baba Ramdev’s ideas are very poor and will NOT improve governance, and will NOT reduce corruption, at least he was in the political ring. I respected him for that.
I respect the WORST and MEANEST Indian politician more than the GREATEST Nobel Prize winning intellectual. Whatever good has happened in India has happened because our politicians have at least maintained a semblance of democrarcy and law and order, no matter how incompetent and howsoever corrupt they have been.
And so I at least respected this yogi for putting his money where his mouth is. Not the usual yogi who merely preaches. Here was a man who DID what he asked others to do.
And now I hear that he has taken the entire country for a ride! A fake declaration of political intent!
I’m disappointed to learn that Baba Ramdev has wasted everyone’s time for no rhyme or reason.