Good luck to Ramdev the saffron mascot

I wrote about Ramdev Baba a couple of weeks ago. Now I know more about him and would like to share the information with my readers.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2011 23:26 IST
Khushwant Singh
Khushwant Singh
Hindustan Times

I wrote about Ramdev Baba a couple of weeks ago. Now I know more about him and would like to share the information with my readers. Everyone knows we have a thoroughly corrupt society: we don’t need be reminded about it by people going on fast in public places. Ramdev’s plans to get publicity were hijacked by the police picking him up at night and dumping him in Haridwar where he lives.

His saffron robes and long beard are meant to convey he is a man of religion. We now know how he became a crorepati many times over. Among those who came to felicitate him were Sadhvi Rithambra and Uma Bharti. The Sadhvi does not mince her words when she says she dislikes Muslims.

She has been quoted verbatim saying so by the eminent psychoanalyst Sudhir Kakar. And Uma Bharti who rejoiced on the demolition of the Babri Masjid by embracing Murli Manohar Joshi came to congratulate Ramdev. She has been re-admitted to the BJP after six years in political exile. Her photographs with Nitin Gadkari popping pedas in each other’s mouths appeared in all papers.

He is a crorepati many times over. It could not be from teaching yoga. He has floated many companies including one which manufactures our own desi Viagra. I would advise him to do some more shirshasan (head stand) and get a clearer picture of himself in the country’s politics. He should take a vow of silence for a few weeks. He should abandon the idea of raising an army or he will be in serious trouble. BJP leaders, who had run out of issues to confront the government have been quick to adopt Ramdev as their mascot and plan to launch a ‘satyagraha’ to wipe out corruption from the country. I wish them good luck.

Dog love
Of all beasts and birds that befriend human, the only species that answer to their names are dogs. That is why bonding between human and dogs is the closest than with other creatures. I was confirmed in my belief when I read How Cheeka Became a Star and Other Dog Stories (Natraj). It comprises of articles written by dog lovers. Among the contributors are Ruskin Bond, Hiranmay Karlekar, Maneka Gandhi, Pavan Varma, Jug Suraiya and Nafisa Ali. It is edited by Dhiraj Nayyar. The favourite breed seems to be Pugs, perhaps the ugliest of pedigreed canines with black, squashed faces. When they tilt their heads as if asking a question, they are as bewitching as other breeds or breedless stray dogs. The book will make an ideal gift on Diwali, Christmas and New Year.

Bihari English
Navin Jaggi advocate has sent me a photo-stat copy of an application form for a driver’s licence issued by the Government of Bihar. It seems that Biharis regard murdering English as a patriotic duty. Read on: Driving license applikason phorom Note: Please do not soot the person at the applikason counter. He will give you the licen. If you dot know how to fill, copy from your phriend (dost) applikason. For phurthar instructions, see bottom applikason.

For philling the phorom check karet box

1. Last name 2. Phust name 3. Age 4. Sex 5. Chappal size 6. Occupation — ( ) Politison ( ) Doodhwala ( ) Pehalwaan 7. Number of children libing in the household 8. Number that are yourj 9. Mather Name 10. Phather Name 11. Ejjucason: 1 2 3 4 (Circle highest kilass attended) 12. Dental rekard: ( ) ellow ( ) berownish-ellow ( ) belack ( ) other. Give egjhakt color 13. Your thumb imparesson:

(If you are copying from another applikason pharom, pleaje do not copy thumb impresson also. Pleaje provide your own thumb impression.) Peleje do not use phinger of your legs. Use thumb on your lepht hand only. If you wont have lepht hand, use your thumb on right hand. If you do not have right hand, use thumb on lepht hand.

Note: If you don’t have both hands, you can’t derive. We are istrict about this.

The views expressed by the author are personal.

First Published: Jun 18, 2011 23:24 IST