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Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad criticises Ramdev

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Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad criticises Ramdev

PTI | 08:04 PM,Apr 18,2011
Dehra Dun, Apr 18 (PTI) Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad today accused Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev of commercialising Ayurveda and selling traditional medicines at much higher prices.

 Ramdev has commercialised the Ayurveda and yoga and is selling Ayurveda medicines on much higher prices, parishad spokesman Baba Hathyogi said. 

He also alleged that Ramdev was adopting double standards on the issue of ‘swadeshi’. Baba Ramdev talks about ‘swadeshi’ but he himself has installed foreign make machines in his factories, Hathyogi told reporters here. 

The verbal duel between Hathyogi and Ramdev had started last month after the former burnt literature published by Patanjali Yogpeeth of the Yogaguru in Haridwar claiming it contained some objectionable remarks about the Hindu religion.

Patanjali Yogpeeth lodged a case with the police for igniting public sentiments by burning its literature, while Baba Hathyogi filed a report that an employee of Ramdev barged into his ashram and threatened to kill him.
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BJP hopes to cash in on Ramdev issue in by-poll


PATNA: While the by-election to the Purnia town assembly seat, caused by the killing of BJP memberRaj Kishore Kesri allegedly by Rupam Pathak on January 4 this year, would be held on June 29 as announced by the Election Commission, the BJP has got a surcharged, rather heady, atmosphere to participate in the poll, following the police crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters at Ramlila Ground in Delhi on Saturday night. 

Coincidentally, BJP national president Nitin Gadkari cleared the name of Kiran Kesri, widow of slain Kesri, to contest the Purnia by-poll. The senior state BJP leaders were at Lucknow to participate in the party`s three-day National Executive meet, beginning June 3, where the name of Kiran was cleared by Gadkari. 

The killing of Kesri had aroused mixed feelings, bordering on popular anger in support of Pathak, as the circumstances of the killing had sleaze and lewd background to it, and CM Nitish Kumar had handed over the case to the CBI for investigation. Obviously, the state BJP would be trying to cash in on the sympathy factor, doubly sure that the Congress, following the crackdown on Ramdev, would now be on back foot. 

Not surprisingly, senior state BJP leaders, along with a couple of ministers, would accompany Kiran when she files her nomination papers. State BJP vice-president and chief spokesman Sanjay Mayukh said on Sunday that former state president of the BJP and Lok Sabha MP from Purbi Champaran Radha Mohan Singh, ministers Prem Kumar and Sukhda Pandey, as well as the party`s state general secretary Mangal Pandey would accompany her, when she files her nomination papers on Monday. 

On Sunday, senior national BJP leader and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley asked the party`s state units in the country to hold `upwas (fast)` down to the panchayat level in support of Ramdev, and to protest the police crackdown on Ramdev`s supporters. 

The Bihar BJP has already planned to keep alive the heat and embers on the issue. According to Mayukh, state BJP vice-president Lal Babu Prasad has called on the party`s rank and file to stage dharna at all the 38 district headquarters on Monday for 12 hours from 7 am. Moreover, party`s state spokesman Prem Ranjan Patel (MLA) said that the Ramlila ground crackdown reminded one of the emergency days. By that token, the atmosphere at Purnia assembly constituency would remain doubly surcharged in view of the by-poll.

Baba Ramdev’s new international base in Scotland

Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 16:21

London: A Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s plan to set up his international base on a tiny Scottish island is generating a positive response. 

Little Cumbrae, a small island in the Firth of Clyde, was bought recently for about two million pounds by two Scottish devotees of Baba Ramdev, Sam and Sunita Poddar. 

The Poddars, who run the Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust, a registered charity and sister organisation to Baba Ramdev’s movement in India, insist that their venture will be an asset for Scotland. 

“The response has been very positive. We want to celebrate the glory of the island and for people to come and learn to live with nature,” The Times quoted Poddar, as saying. 

The couple, which has made a fortune running care homes, are renaming it Peace Island. 

Within 18 months it is hoped that Peace Island will start welcoming pilgrims to retreats, where they will practise strict vegetarianism, stretching routines and circular breathing exercises. 

Also on offer will be traditional ayurvedic treatments, which range from having warm oil drizzled over one’s body to induced vomiting. 

“The details are to be finalised, but we want to make this as affordable as possible. People who come should pay according to their means,” a spokesman said. 

This month, one of India’s most charismatic and controversial gurus, will attend a ceremony on Little Cumbrae to mark the start of the creation of an “international base” for his expanding yogic empire. 

Baba Ramdev’s current headquarters, a 500-acre site in Haridwar, is likely to provide the model for Peace Island. 

But the extension of Baba Ramdev’s influence is likely to anger his ideological foes. 

Rationalist groups have branded his assertion that yoga can treat HIV/Aids and that his breathing techniques can cure cancer as “quackery of the highest order”. 

The Indian Medical Association blasted him for giving “false hope [to] ill people”. (ANI)


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Advani demands apology from Manmohan, Sonia

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“Crackdown smacks of British action at Jallianwala Bagh”

“I have a feeling June 2011 is going to become another turning point in the country's history”
Wants President to take cognisance of all the events in the last six months

— Photo: S.S. Kumar 

FOR CONCRETE ACTION:Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani addressing a press conference in Chennai on Sunday.
Chennai: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani on Sunday described the arrest and removal of Baba Ramdev from the site of his hunger strike and the crackdown on his supporters as “naked fascism” and demanded an apology from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Mr. Advani also appealed to President Pratibha Patil to call an emergency session of Parliament to discuss the issue. “This is naked fascism… The Prime Minister and the Congress party president, who is also chairperson of the alliance that she leads, owe an apology for having allowed the police to behave the way they did,” he told reporters.

The former Deputy Prime Minister, who was here to attend a wedding, convened a press conference at a short notice to express his views on the removal of Baba Ramdev from the Ramlila grounds in New Delhi demanding concrete action to bring back black money stashed abroad. He said he was returning to Delhi to participate in the party's deliberations on its course of action.

He expressed surprise that the government, which was negotiating with the yoga guru to persuade him to give up his fast, suddenly cracked down on his supporters. “You not only arrested him, you beat up all the men and women, children and old people… in a manner which reminds me, at least, of the action of the British at Jallianwala Bagh at Amritsar.”

Mr. Advani saw a parallel between the midnight swoop and the events of June 1975 when Emergency was imposed and several Opposition leaders were arrested. “I have a feeling June 2011 is also going to become another turning point in the history of the country,” he said.

The President should take cognisance of all the events that took place in the last six months — the surfacing of scams in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games, the allocation 2G spectrum and the use of defence land in Mumbai for a housing colony — and convene an emergency session of Parliament. It should discuss three issues — “how deeply the government is enmeshed in corruption, the issue of black money and the crackdown on those who raised this issue.”

“I request the President that she should not be a passive observer,” Mr. Advani said. “The whole country expects her to be more proactive than she has been.”

Decrying the criticism that Baba Ramdev's movement was backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mr. Advani said this was nothing new. “Even Jayaprakash Narayan was accused of this [when he led the anti-Emergency movement], but had it not been for the Jan Sangh and the RSS, the Sangh Parivar, Emergency would not have ended.” He expressed surprise that Baba Ramdev was “being abused left and right.” He had great regard for him for taking yoga to the people and also for endorsing his own call for action in 2009 to retrieve black money.

To a question on the Lokpal Bill, Mr. Advani said corruption in the country was not a result of lack of laws, but of the lack of political will to punish offenders, especially if they belonged to one's own party.

Asked if this was not true in the case of the BJP government in Karnataka, he said: “I am not happy with what is happening in Karnataka. The party is taking corrective steps. In other States, where the BJP or NDA (National Democratic Alliance) is in power, their performance is really exemplary.”


Floral tributes
— Photo: S.R. Raghunathan 

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa paying homage at the memorial Quaid-e-Milleth Mohammed Ismail at the Big Mosque at Triplicane in Chennai on the occasion of his115th birth anniversary on Sunday.

Will resume agitation from Haridwar: Ramdev

Sunday, June 05, 2011, 23:41

Haridwar (Uttarakhand): Clad in his trademark saffron robes, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who was forcibly evicted from the site of his agitation and was whisked away from Delhi, Sunday asserted he will restart his stir against black money from this Hindu holy town, after an attempt to return to the national capital was stopped by the police of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. 

"I will start the movement again from Hardwar. It will spread to the nook and corner of the country," Ramdev said at a press conference at his ashram here - his third in the day. 

Ramdev, along with thousands of supporters, protesting against black money at Delhi's Ramlila Grounds, were forcibly removed by police in the early hours of Sunday. He was taken in a special aircraft by the police to Dehradun and brought to his ashram here in the morning. 

Later in the day, he tried to return to Delhi but was stopped by Uttar Pradesh Police at the border of the state's Muzaffarnagar district and turned back to Haridwar. 

Asked whether he considered the Uttar Pradesh government action hostile, Ramdev denied this and said that state Chief Minister Mayawati had condemned the police action against him and supporters. 

He claimed that he "retreated to avoid a law and order situation". 

Ramdev also said some vested interests were spreading rumours about his sources of income. "I am ready to face any probe by any agency," he declared. 

Asked about the criticism of his agitation by Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, Ramdev said: "I will not respond to the words of a irresponsible person. I will not waste my time." 

Ramdev had earlier said that the manner in which the police cracked down on his protest at Delhi's Ramlila Ground was against all democratic norms.
"Had they requested us to cancel our fast as the permission to hold the fast in the ground was cancelled, we would have done that. But the way they manhandled me and the people is a stigma on Indian democracy," said Ramdev in his second interaction with the media during the day. 

Rubbishing the police claims that Ramdev faced a life threat, he said: "This is a blatant lie that I was under any kind of threat." 

Reaching his ashram here after being forcefully evicted from the Ramlila Ground in the post midnight police raid, a visibly shaken Ramdev accused the government of plotting against him and trying to get him killed. 

"They wanted to kidnap me and kill me, or send me somewhere," the yoga guru said at his first press conference of the day, during which he wore a white robe. 

He termed the police action inhuman and barbaric. 

"Yesterday (Saturday) at the Ramlila Maidan, about 1 lakh people felt the force of the police. The scenario was hurtful and barbaric," he said. 

"My fast has not ended," he said about the hunger strike against corruption which he had launched at the Ramlila Ground Saturday morning against black money stashed away in foreign tax havens and corruption. 

Nursing a sore throat and at times teary-eyed, Ramdev said: "Despite my pleadings, police did not leave women and children but attacked them." 

"No other nation would have shown this much of roughness against its citizens. Such situations were not witnessed even during the Emergency period (1975-77). One can compare it with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre," he said. 

He also accused the government and Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal of cheating him. 

"Government said that by the end of June 6, all our demands will be accepted and then you can end your fast and protest. We were forced to write this (letter) and were told it will be presented to the prime minister. 

"Kapil Sibal is a liar and a cunning person, he cheated and mislead us," he said, adding that he was forced into signing the letter. 

Sibal had made public a handwritten note in which Ramdev had agreed to end his stir in two days. 

Ramdev also attacked Sonia Gandhi. 

"I thought she is not born in this country but is the daughter-in-law of this country, But by ordering attack on one lakh people, she proved she does not love the people (of this country)," he said. 


Did Headley's info help US locate Kashmiri?

The Times of India

IANS | Jun 6, 2011, 06.08am IST

CHICAGO: One compelling possibility that arises in the aftermath of the drone killing of Ilyas Kashmiriis whether key Mumbai terror plotter David Headleyoffered actionable intelligence on the powerful al-Qaida commander's whereabouts. 

While it is nearly impossible to confirm what specifically Headley might have revealed to the US federal investigators and whether that intelligence helped establish Kashmiri's location, his plea deal with the government and his five days of testimony that concluded last week point to his close ties with the Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami (HuJI) leader. 

Headley first met Kashmiri in February 2009 along with Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed, a formerPakistani army officer also known as Pasha, in Waziristan. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the details of video surveillance ofCopenhagen carried out by Headley as part of a plot to attack the office of the Morgenavisen Jylland-Posten newspaper which had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in 2005. Headley and Pasha met Kashmiri again in May that year in the same Waziristan area. 

US authorities have maintained that Kashmiri wanted to carry out a suicide attack on the newspaper and have the attackers behead newspaper employees and throw their heads out of the building to create maximum impact. Having been to Kashmiri's Waziristan location at least twice, Headley had a fair idea where to point the US investigators to. After his arrest in October 2009, as Headley began showing near desperation to cooperate with the federal investigators to earn his plea deal, he felt so compelled to ensure that his information led to some major arrest that he offered an extraordinary idea to the US government. 

He told them they should send him back to Pakistan with an ornate sword embedded with a locator chip which he could gift Kashmiri. The US then could use the signal from the chip to locate and target him. There is nothing to suggest that US even considered the idea.

Hazare to fast again, flays attack on Ramdev

2011-06-05 19:40:00

Last Updated: 2011-06-05 20:26:34

New Delhi: Gandhian activist Anna Hazare, who had gone on a hunger strike in April, on Sunday said he would undertake a day's fast here Wednesday to put pressure on the government to act against corruption.
'We have decided that we will organise a day's fast on June 8,' Hazare told a news conference here and urged Indians across the country to follow suit.

'Wherever you may be, you may stage a fast. And pray to god to give wisdom to this government.'

Hazare, whose five-day fast here in April forced the government to set up a panel to draft a Lokpal bill, also denounced the police crackdown on yoga guru Ramdev and the eviction of thousands of his supporters from here.

'We condemn this action. This is a blot on humanity,' he said. 'This is like throttling democracy.'

Saying protests were allowed in a democracy, he said the police attack on the mass of sleeping protesters at Ramlila ground at night was highly condemnable.

Hazare said the government did not appear to be serious in eradicating corruption.
'They don't want all government officers to come under the purview of the Lokpal bill. Why? Is there not corruption at the lower level?

'It seems they don't want to end corruption... It is necessary for people all over the country to stand up for a corruption-free India.'

History of fasting unto death in India.

This Indian practice is ancient, going back to around 400 to 750 BC. This can be known since it appears in the Valmiki Ramayana, which was composed around that time.

 The actual mention appears in the Ayodhya Kanda, (the second book of the Ramayana), in Sarga (section) 103. Bharata has gone to ask the exiled Rama to come back and rule the kingdom. Bharata tries many arguments, none of which work, at which point he decides to do a hunger strike.
He announces his intention to fast, calls for his charioteer Sumantra  to bring him some sacred Kusha grass (but Sumantra won't do it since he's too busy looking at Rama's face, so Bharata has to get the grass himself), lies down upon it in front of Rama. Rama, however, is quickly able to persuade him to abandon the attempt. Rama mentions it as a practice of the Brahmans.

Mohandas Gandhi was imprisoned in 1922, 1930, 1933 and 1942. Because of Gandhi's stature around the world, British authorities were loath to allow him to die in their custody. It is likely Britain's reputation would have suffered as a result of such an event.
Gandhi engaged in several famous hunger strikes to protest British rule of India. Fasting was a non-violent way of communicating the message and sometimes dramatically achieved the reason for the protest. This was keeping with the rules of Satyagraha.

In addition to Gandhi, various others have used the hunger strike option during the Indian independence movement. Such figures include Jatin Das and Bhagat Singh.

After Indian Independence, freedom fighter Potti Sriramulu used hunger
strikes to get a separate state for Telugu-speaking people.
Amarajeevi Potti Sriramulu

Potti Sriramulu  was an Indian revolutionary. He became famous for undertaking a fast-unto-death for achieving the Andhra State and losing his life in the process. His sacrifice became instrumental in the linguistic re-organisation of states. He is revered as Amarajeevi (Immortal being) in Andhra for his sacrifice. As a devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi, he worked life long to uphold principles such as truth and non-violence, patriotism and objectives such as Harijan upliftment. He fasted for 82 days before passing away.In Indian history only one another indian revolutionary who fasted till death, Jatin Das

What happens during fast unto death
In the first 3 days, the body is still using energy from glucose After that, the liver starts processing body fat, in a process called ketosis. After 3 weeks the body enters a "starvation mode". At this point the body "mines" the muscles and vital organs for energy, and loss of bone marrow becomes life-threatening. There are examples of hunger strikers dying after 52 to 74 days of strike.