So I was right about Ramdev. The self styled yoga guru could not sustain a fast and discontinued it mid-way. He was unable to stay hungry and gave into “persuasion” by all those who grew concerned about his health.
It was on June 4 that Ramdev began his fast unto death called the “Satyagraha against corruption”. He had vowed to call it off only if the government drafted a strong anti corruption Bill. He had demanded death sentence for the corrupt as the main clause in the proposed legislation.
The Government did not budge. Far from even appearing to take note of Ramdev’s protest or express concern about his health, it watched the events unfolding from the sidelines. And when Ramdev could not carry his cause for more than eight days, it had the last laugh. Rightly and justifiably.
First the so called guru jumps off the stage in panic when cops descend on Ramlila ground and is among the first few to run instead of facing up to them; then he escapes in a feminine attire which fit him so well that it was difficult to believe that it was borrowed and not tailor-made for him. The he lands in Uttaranchal and announces a fast unto death which he cannot sustain beyond a few days—eight to be precise. And even in those eight days his health deteriorated faster than an average man’s would. He was admitted to hospital given that he was suffering from a low pulse rate and dehydration.
It took little effort for Congress’ Digvijay Singh to call Ramdev a “fake ascetic”. Singh said: “Jain monks fast for at least 25-30 days and drink only water throughout. But this great ascetic could not fast for five days? This is the only difference between a fake ascetic and a real one”. He added: “If he had kept a fast for some demands then he should not have broken it without their being fulfilled. It was all a nautanki”. A farce.
At the risk of being ripped apart by Ramdev’s followers many among them who abused me when I had agreed with Digvijay Singh calling him a thug, I would go along with Singh’s latest observation about his being a fake ascetic.
I have yet another score to settle with Ramdev besides his dubious deals and the large amounts of wealth he has amassed. And that is his call to his cadres for an armed rebellion. Is he engineering a war within the state? Or instigating people to take up arms and disrupt peace? I think Digvijay failed on this count: In addition to taking on Ramdev on his yogic powers, rather absence of them, he should also have rapped him for his provocative statements and branded him as an anti national. To me Ramdev is nothing short of that. Anyone who can call for an armed rebellion and uprising against the state is insane and anti national. Ramdev fits the bill.