On 3rd he demonstrated another angle of his personality, which is more of social and political activist. It is important to raise some of critical issues of civil society but through yoga removing corruption, black money, and demanding change the language of medical science curriculum into Hindi, etc. appeared to be insane statements. I have heard many a time in various news channels where he claimed that he is not afraid of anybody and would be happy to scarify life if situation arise. According to government he made a deal by signing on paper to end up his dharna (Anshan) if his demands are met on next day which he refused to divulge to the public throughout the day. However, on 4th Night when police intervene in his dharna (Anshan) then he ran away to escape arrest and crying in front of media regarding apathy of police. These all characteristics of Baba Ramdev is confusing to rationality and humanity. Many issues can be raised here regarding recent development in India. People want some change in socio-political situation for better life. In absence of scientific movement other forces such as Tantra, magic, religio-political and muscle powers are emerging and in the vacuum of rational and human values they can be dangerous.
On one side half of the children and women are suffering from malnutrition, and on other side few people are building empire of more than many million dollar. On one side a particular caste people carrying the other’s night soil on their heads and on other side some Indian people celebrate their birthdays in Switzerland. The most unfortunate to this country is well educated mass who are cornering very resource for their self benefit. They are happy to be labeled as blind for their faith and belief and proudly claiming to be Indian till their selfish motive fulfilled. I feel how person like Baba Ramdev ji, Satya Sai Baba, and Mata Amritanadamay , devi mata, and couple of babas regularly appearing on TV channels for the sermons. Many a time I am also listening to them on TV and frankly speaking I found nothing special or concrete solution to the human problem. No doubt many of them are good orators. But none of them worth to spent time and money to listen. If people want to spent time then it would be beneficial to hear the discourse on smoking, diet, healthy habits, human relationship, discovery and national geography channels. It is also beneficial to sit with family members, enjoy their company, eating food together, laughing, chatting, and sitting in silence. It is thrilling experience to listen music in silence. One can enjoy cooking, cleaning house, and just walking. The most beneficial to the society to decrease craving for material thinks and increase satisfaction in less possessions. Desiring for longer years of life with lot of material possession is not going to give peace and happiness whether claimed by Baba Ramdev or Osho Rajneesh or any other guru. Longer life is achieved by scientific development and more and more scientific fulfillment would lead to rational, logical, safer and human world.
Dr. Jugal Kishore
Director, Institute of Science and Human Value (India Chapter)