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Ravi Shankar meets Ramdev, appeals to end fast

PTI  Dehra Dun, June 11, 2011
First Published: 19:13 IST(11/6/2011) | Last Updated: 19:15 IST(11/6/2011)

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday met Baba Ramdev and appealed to him to end his eight-day fast even as the health condition of the yoga guru showed signs of improvement.

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The Art of Living founder however made it clear that the Centre had not asked him to negotiate with 46-year-old Ramdev for ending his fast against black money and corruption.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and former President A P J Abdul Kalam also appealed to Ramdev to end his fast.

"No. Nobody in the central government has said anything to me and I have come here on my own. I will keep meeting him till he breaks it," Ravi Shankar said when asked if someone from the government got in touch with him on the issue.

"If government wants, I am ready to do anything... whatever the nation needs," he told reporters after meeting Ramdev at the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences for about an hour in Dehra Dun.

Ramdev, who was admitted to the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences on Friday evening after his condition deteriorated on the seventh day of his fast was administered saline and glucose.

"Ramdev's blood pressure and pulse rate went down last night. But, they have been brought under control. He is stable," Dr Deepak Goel, part of the medical team that is monitoring Ramdev's health, told reporters.

He said Ramdev "was weak and has some problems in sitting and speaking."

A medical bulletin issued by the hospital said the pulse rate and blood pressure were stabilising slowly and there was an improvement in the health condition of Ramdev.

Dr S L Jethani, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said Ramdev's liver and kidneys were functioning normally.

Asked whether there was a need to shift Ramdev to AIIMS in New Delhi, Goel said there was no need for that.

To a question, the doctor said Ramdev was not being treated at the ICU of the hospital. "He is not in ICU. He is in a VIP ward next to it. He was given normal saline and vitamins. He was suffering from dehydration," the doctor said.

Ramdev was being administered intervenous fluid -glucose and normal saline - following which his condition improved, doctors said.

The yoga exponent was admitted to the ICU immediately after he was brought to the hospital.

Ramdev was admitted to the hospital here as his health began deteriorating after he began his fast in his ashram in neighbouring Haridwar.

A Patanjali Yogpeeth spokesperson said that former President A P J Abdul Kalam called up Ramdev and asked him to break his fast.

In a statement, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, "I prayerfully appeal to Baba Ramdev to call off his fast soon and rejoin his movement for national regeneration.

Although coming from me I can see this appeal reflecting the strong sentiments of millions of countrymen and I hope that Baba would certainly respond positively to their sentiments and feelings."

He said the news of Ramdev's deteriorating health and hospitalisation has caused great concern among people.

"People of the country are greatly beholden to Baba for his relentless campaign against corruption and black money that has awakened and inspired millions of citizens and stirred up their innate patriotism," Bhagwat said.

However, the country needs Ramdev's active leadership at his hour in the fight against corruption and hence he should give up his fast.


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