Ramdev joins hands with RSS affiliate group, want saints to be part of ‘mainstream’
Ramdev, who started as a yoga teacher before doubling up as a businessman, feels it is for the Hindu holy men to become part of the “mainstream”.dehradun Updated: Sep 09, 2017 21:12 IST
Dehradun: After scaling the turnover of his fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) business—of Patanjali fame--to more than ₹ 10,000 crore, yoga guru Ramdev has his sights on bringing together Hindu holy men across the country.
To execute the idea, Ramdev has joined hands with Dharm Jagran Manch–-an organisation affiliated to Rastriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)--the ideological mentor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Ramdev, who started as a yoga teacher before doubling up as a businessman, feels it is for the Hindu holy men to become part of the “mainstream”.
More than 600 Hindu holy men have gathered at Ramdev’s sprawling Patanjali complex on the outskirts of Haridwar in Uttarakhand, to participate in a five-day “sadhu sangam” that will conclude on September 11.
The participants are busy interacting with each other, listening to bhajans and religious sermons, participating in yoga sessions, taking strolls around the sprawling campus besides getting advice to stay at the front.
“The genetic structure of saints could be different but the character of saints should be same” Ramdev told the gathering.
“Hindu holy men have played a major role in the independence movement and now they must play a direct role in the development of the nation”.
One of the holy men, Govind Giri Maharaj lauded Ramdev’s suggestion. “Whenever there was threat to the Indian culture it was the Hindu holy men who fought to save the culture,” he said.
Patanjali insiders say that though Ramdev has scaled down the activities of his “Bharat Swabhiman Abhiyan” he intends to make his presence felt as prominent Hindu face.
During the 2014 general elections, Ramdev wanted to contest the polls under Bharat Swabhiman banner but pulled out to make a way for the BJP. The RSS was instrumental in convincing Ramdev for helping the BJP.
The RSS-Ramdev bonhomie continued even after the general elections.
Different agencies probing tax evasion cases slapped against Patanjali during the UPA regime are no longer being pursued.
The status of 81 cases, including 52 tax evasion cases slapped by the then Congress government in Uttarakhand in 2012, is not known.
First Published: Sep 09, 2017 21:12 IST