9th June 2011
“Baba Ramdev declared on Wednesday that he would be forming a ‘sena,’ or army, of 11,000 young men and women — trained in the use of “scripture and weapons” — to counter any future attempt by the police to disrupt his movement.” [Source]
I’m afraid this coward, who could not face simple arrest by the Police (he wasn’t even being arrested, merely deported from Delhi) without hiding behind women, is now showing his true colours as a medieval anarchist.
I have always compared him with Maximilien Robespierre. But he is likely to prove much worse.
Cowards ALWAYS take resort to violence.
This man, who did not have the simple courage to get arrested and work through the legal system of India to prove his points – has now taken resort to VIOLENCE in the guise of self-defence. Basically he is threatening the Indian state with VIOLENCE should it try to implement its laws by arresting him.
For any Indian to claim that he needs 11,000 people as SELF-DEFENCE is absurd!! This plan hits out at the very roots of India as a free democratic nation.
When we create a nation we hand over our powers of defence to the nation. We give the government a monopoly in the use of force.
For someone to assemble 11,000 ARMED people in his self-defence is like creating a separate nation.
And what kind of elements will come to his “defence”? Lumpen elements from across the country.
Would Gandhi have EVER done such a thing. No! Never! He would have gone to prison (if needed) and asserted the superiority of his claims through media reporting of his court speeches.
These people (IAC) are using the tool that Gandhi used (fast unto death) without EVEN THE SLIGHTEST clue about what satyagraha means. At least now the IAC should banish this man from its list of leaders!
How can they claim to be following Gandhian methods when such a goon is found in their midst?
This man, instead of removing corruption from India, will bring India to a halt.
I therefore urge everyone to get off the Ramdev bandwagon at once. The signs are now clear. He is going to harm India FAR more than anyone has done so far.
If the government of India knows to govern, it will deal with this serious threat IMMEDIATELY.
Anarchy is the worst outcome for India. Let’s ensure law and order first.
BJP was founded on violence (e.g.Babri Masjid), and has never hesitated to use violence when it suits it. I worry for India now. I’m not sure that MMS can rise to the challenge of governance India faces today.