Even as many in the country celebrated the recent end of a 145 year old law declaring homosexuality a crime, yoga maestro Baba Ramdev has challenged the High Court’s decision and calls homosexuality a ‘disease’ which he can cure through yoga. On actresses like Celina Jaitley standing up for gay rights, he says, “These actresses know nothing about Bhartiya sanskriti. They stay away from their parents and have no morals. Unke partner har mahine badalte hai. Jiske pas jitna gyan hota hai woh itna hi sach janta hai. Inka apna hi marg hai bus usme hi chal rahe hai.”
For him, homosexuality is a fall-out of blindly aping the west. He says, “Ours is the oldest society...we still live with the value system which was taught 1,000 years ago. Following the western culture is not good at all. Ulti ganga beh rahi hai ab.”
Saying “homosexuality is like a virus and if it affects you, you have nowhere to go,” he adds, “They (gays) are like animals who do not realise what brings happiness. They are selfish and only care about themselves and not their families.” Refuting all documented evidence about homosexuality being a natural phenomenon, he says, “We invite all the gay people to come to our ashram in a group of 10 to 50 for nine months and like a mother we will deliver them like new born babies devoid of homosexuality with the practice of dhyan and pranayam. We have cured many people who had come to us and now they are happily married. Now when we ask them about their life, they just say, “Guruji bas bhatak gaye the.”
Ridiculous,” says Bollywood’s champion of gay rights, Celina Jaitley on how self styled ‘doctors’ like Baba Ramdev are claiming to ‘cure’ homosexuality. “With all due respects to Baba Ramdev he may have the so called ‘cure’ but the point is LGBT community does NOT see homosexuality as a disease.
No one is interested in buying this over-the-counter prescription for curing what is not a disease at all . It is who they are. They are not interfering in anyone’s life or religion but unfortunately everyone wants to interfere in theirs and tell them how they should eat, sleep and have sex.”
She adds, “ People should not be judged on basis of what they do in their bedroom because if it was only about that... some of our taxes would have to be deployed into a special bedroom vigilance force which I am sure these babas would love to lead.” Calling Baba Ramdev 'Samaaj Ka Thekedaar’ she feels he is a yoga teacher and should remain one. “Just because he is a yoga maestro, he cannot and does not have the qualification or degrees to diagnose an illness without any medical background because it would fall under fake medical malpractice.”
Celina, says, “Even if Baba Ramdev screams from every rooftop of India, the reality is homosexuality will not cease to exist.” When asked if she feels there is any ‘cure’ for ignorance, she said, “Baba Ramdev is not ignorant, he is doing whatever his remote upbringing and closed mindset is dictating him to do.”