Medha Terms Baba’s protest biased and extravagant
On the first day of yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s fast against black money and corruption, several criticisms have hit his campaign. Social activist Medha Patkar said that the campaign is not secular as it is propagated to be. Pooja Domadia reports.mumbai Updated: Jun 05, 2011 01:15 IST
On the first day of yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s fast against black money and corruption, several criticisms have hit his campaign. Social activist Medha Patkar said that the campaign is not secular as it is propagated to be.
Sadhvi Rithambara, an active member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) who is known for her anti-Muslim oratory, was on the stage with Ramdev on Saturday.
Reacting to her presence, Patkar said, “The movement is not secular as a right wing outfit like RSS is openly supporting Ramdev. RSS supported the anti-corruption movement by Anna Hazare too but their members were not allowed on stage.”
However, the representatives of Baba Ramdev’s organisation — Bharat Swabhiman Nyas in Mumbai said the allegation is false as these groups are voluntarily supporting Ramdev.
“Baba has not invited any group as such. Anyone who feels that the issues Baba is fighting for are important can come and support. We are not against any political party or person but against a larger issue like corruption,” said Abhay Kabra, Navi Mumbai President, BSN.
Patkar also opposed the grand arrangements for the strike.
“If this is the way protests go on, the face of people’s movement will change. The way money is being pumped in for lavish arrangements, we wonder about the source of income. All the donors would be big corporate associations,” she said.
“It is unfortunate that such protests are given importance by the government whereas common people are ignored,” Patkar added.