When did Baba Ramdev change from saffron robes to salwar kameez?


June 7, 2011
A maverick yoga guru who churns his stomach in public to attract followers who only dream of getting a glimpse of the ground underneath their belly tried (or rather is trying) his hand at calling the shots to ‘cleanse’ Hindustan.

I wish he gave it up now as the issue has anyway snowballed and has gone beyond his control. Instead, he can use his discarded dhothi to his advantage – the robes he shed in a desperate attempt to evade arrest.

He apparently disguised as a woman and crouched amid females in the massive pandal before he was discovered and chauffeured into a chopper and chased outside the borders of the capital.

Now that would have been the longest of asanas he would have ever done. Hope he breathed out after the jump. For he sure looked tired and worn out on his arrival in Haridwar early next morning. And surprisingly in a white salwar kameez!

While the whole nation – from politicians and social activists to Bollywood stars and the aam janta – have condemned the way his followers were fumigated and expressed shock over how and why he was was air-lifted, I’m interested in when he changed.

Forget his ideals… there are enough and more people discussing that at present all over the SubContinent. Where did he shed his saffron robe? A woman has come forward to say she helped her guru escape by giving him her clothes.

Now, if the strength of his followers is any testimony then it will sure be auctioned for a million dollars. And he can display the amount in cash in another pandal to prove his integrity and teach those who have stashed away theirs in foreign banks as to how to do it!

Well, the truth be said…he has, indeed, stirred up such a storm in secular India that the nation’s very democratic status is being questioned.

While the anti-corruption points he raised are valid and needs to be tackled at the earliest, his adamance on ignoring the practicality of their implementation raises questions of his very intention about raising the topic.

Again why such pompous a demonstration? Even Anna Hazare stayed hungry for several days. He not only steered clear of controversy but also has set the system into motion to achieve the changes he’s been fighting for.

But the political guru seems to be the better pied piper. Simply because his magic flute seems to be louder as it has reached a wider cross-section of people.

So what if the government is in trouble or if more public money will be wasted with another Parliament session debating nothing else but shouting ba ba ba. Or should it even matter if he has given rise to a volatile and unhealthy practice of individuals holding the nation to ransom!

They have both helped laymen wake up from their conscious slumber.

So who’s the better anti-corruption leader? Anna Hazare or Baba Ramdev.

Guess Shobha De has the last word. She tweeted…”Asking netas: Baba Ramdev or Anna Hazare. Who’s the real leader, is like that old debate: Sush or Ash, who’s the real pageant winner? Pointless!”

Nisha Sanjeev

2 Comments

  • Eureka Carvalho
    June 7, 2011

    Beautiful Nisha, I am reading the book as we speak and just finished a few pages of the second story ..it is awesome ! I am so proud of you and thank you for the signed copy I will always treasure it ….
    Will give you more feedback once i am done with the book /stories…I am your fan…ta ..xoxox Eureka

  • Nisha Sanjeev
    June 8, 2011

    OMG! Eureka, I'm humbled

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