Despite a bitter row with the CPI-M and Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss over a controversy on the ingredients of medicines peddled at his ashram in Haridwar, Swami Ramdev has managed to pull off a coup of sorts by tying up with the government’s postal department to market his book on yoga through its network of post offices across the country.
The Patanjali Yogpeeth trust set up by Ramdev has entered into an agreement with the Department of Post by which the book 'Yog in synergy with science' will be sold at post offices and also made available to people at their doorsteps through postmen.
“It’s a new experiment aimed at taking yoga to the common masses.The postal department will sell the book on a commission basis.Initially, we have provided them with one lakh copies of the English edition and two lakh in Hindi,” said the swami who has a vast following who regularly practise the yoga techniques taught by him on television programmes and through training camps.
Ramdev has apparently many fans and supporters in the government as well which has made it possible for his book to be marketed by the postal department.This was evident at a high-profile book release function on Tuesday where Railway Minister Lalu Prasad was present along with central ministers Akhilesh Prasad Singh and Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav and MP Ram Kirpal Yadav , all from his party RJD.
Launching the book , authored by Ramdev’s aide Acharya Balkrishna, Lalu was all praise for the swami saying that his yogic training had benefited millions of Indians, including himself.
Describing the book as the “first scientific documentation of the effects of yoga”, Ramdev claimed it gave concrete medical evidence to prove that fatal diseases like cancer could be cured through its practice.Studies conducted at his training camps had shown remarkable recovery rate in patients suffering from ailments like heart disease, diabetes and arthritis, he stated.
The book had also been sent to Health Minister Ramadoss who had read it and responded positively, he claimed adding that he would meet the former to discuss it soon after returning from a forthcoming visit to US,UK and some other countries.