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Ramdev ends nine-day-old fast: Sri Sri Ravishankar

12 Jun

Yoga guru Ramdev today broke his nine-day-old fast even as doctors said he will be discharged from hospital in two-three days though his condition is “stable”.

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar, who met the 46-year-old yoga exponent for the third day at a Dehradun hospital, said, “Ramdev has broken his fast by taking juice. He ended the fast in the presence of various religious and spiritual leaders”.

Ramdev, who went on his hunger strike to protest against corruption and black money issues, was admitted to the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences here on Friday after his condition deteriorated at his Patanjali Yogapeeth ashram in Haridwar.

Vijay Dhasmana, the hospital director, said, “I am thankful to everyone who came here and helped Ramdev to break his fast. His health is not such that he can be discharged today.

“It will take two-three days for him to be out of this hospital. By evening he will be shifted to a deluxe general ward. His condition is stable and he has broken his fast,” he said.

The yoga exponent”s close associate Balakrishna, who also ended his fast at the hospital, said, “Ramdev has considered the request of hundreds of his followers and people from the saints” fraternity”.

He said, “He (Ramdev) will take this satyagraha forward till his last breath.

“The protest will continue till our last breath. Ramdev wants black money to be declared as national wealth constitutionally. We appeal to all our followers and other people to break their fast as well,” Balakrishna said, adding “I also thank the media for helping us in spreading the message against corruption to the masses”.

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Baba Ramdev not mature enough to lead: Anna Hazare

11 Jun

A day after he declared his campaign would have no truck with Ramdev’s call to arms, social crusader Anna Hazare on Friday said the yoga guru was “not mature enough to lead a social movement as he does not have expertise other than yoga”. 

In an interview, Hazare said: “To get involved in social work, one needs to be alert about many things and Baba is yet to learn it. Baba has the habit of taking decisions unilaterally.”

After news came in that Ramdev, who has been on an indefinite fast at Haridwar, was shifted to hospital, Hazare urged the government to open a dialogue with him on “humanitarian grounds”. Hazare said Ramdev had a right to protest against the government as it was a legitimate right of an individual in a democracy. 

Hazare who is pressing the union government for enacting the Jan Lokpal Bill before August 15, explained why he distancing himself from Ramdev. “In our agitation, we discuss the developments with other activists, share ideas, welcome suggestions before taking a decision. This is the way to run any campaign or agitation. Baba’s thought process is not like us, hence there are some shortcomings in his way of protest which has benefited the government.” But he acknowledged their target was the same.

Meanwhile, a group of Ramdev’s followers from Pune visited Ralegan Siddhi on Friday morning to extend their support to Hazare’s campaign. The followers said that though Baba was their spiritual guru, they did not agree with his call to arms in the fight against corruption and they would join Hazare’s protest.

Tender Hearts International School kids join Anna Hazare’s campaign

8 Jun

Tender Hearts School students joined the nation-wide campaign launched by social activists Anna Hazare for a strong Lokpal Bill, in Patna.


Baba Ramdev, Anna Hazare, Gandhi , Fast and Sathyagraha

8 Jun

New Delhi is witnessing a comedy drama enacted by sudden reformer Anna Hazare, Yoga company chairman Ramdev. The BJP, RSS and Sangh parivar are excited. The television channels have good business hours.

Everyone tries to project that India is boiling of corruption issues. The truth is that a common man life is as usual as any other day. They watch these dramas as if they are watching a mega serial.

Now it is clear. This is BJP Vs Congress war for the next parliament election. In fact BJP need not worry and need not do something to promote its chances. The Congress popularity is already gone. According to the trends next Government will be formed by BJP alliance.

Why the BJP chose to be in the background instead of leading anti corruption war? The reason is very simple. They are also corrupt. Whatever the trend they set it will be used against them if they come to power. Moreover they can have some kind of bargain with Congress party. When BJP was in power it went slow in Bofors case and in turn Congress helped BJP in turning a blind eye to Babri demolition.

The Sangh Parivar tactics always have a disclaimer policy. It starts from the assassination of Gandhi to demolition of Babri masjid and genocide of Muslims in Gujarat. No organisation of Sangh Parivar can be punished for these historical crimes. All these incidents happened spontaneously organised by individuals. A patriotic Indian should hope so!

The events of exposure of corruption of UPA and anti corruption movements may be useful in hiding the fact about alleged involvement of RSS in terrorist activities as exposed by Asimananda. The Congress party is on back foot on corruption issues and will not take any action on RSS.

Of late Sangh parivar have reformed and have developed some aversion to violence. They have started loving the methods of Fast, Sathyagraha etc, the assassinated Gandhian methods. The brand , copy right and intellectual property right owners of Satyagraha, M/S Congress party are surprised that their old rusted tool is stolen by BJP.

Anna Hazare with a Gandhi cape provided the saffron brigade a hope to capture power. After initially praising Narendra Modi he nosedived and said more liquor flows than milk in Gujarat. But ideologically Anna should be their close pet. His trust was named Hind Swaraj trust.

Saffron clad Baba Ramdev came in handy for the parivar again. He was so good and quick to change to Salvar kameez and claim adventurous status like Chatrapati Shivaji. By this comparison he insulted the legacy of Shivaji.

The climax of Ramdev drama was a black day for Narendra Modi . Blacker than his genocidal days. For BJP Leaders it reminded Emergency. It was a massacre of democracy so and so. Most forcible verbal attacks condemnations came from BJP leaders. Rest of the country was silent. Only the television channels were full of shouts and cries because they meant their business.

A fantastic joke came from Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev. He said ‘The Mahatma would be crying ” on seeing the police action in his meeting.

Did Mahatma Gandhi traveled to Delhi to organise a fast along with thousands of followers to gain popularity? If he had seen Ramdev wearing Salvar kameez and escaping he should have commented ” Hey Ram Dev go back to your ashram and teach Yoga if you still remember it”

The methods of Fast and Satyagraha have fallen into the hands of blackmailers. In one of its cruel form Mr. M.Karunanidhi conducted half a day fast few years ago and aided the Government of India’s position in the massacre of Srilankan Tamils.

People have started to think about the relevance of these Fast and Satyagraha methods. Those who organise these events are not sincere. They announce fast unto death. But cannot resist eating in four or five days. None of them have gone up to death. Only Potti sri ramulu of Andhra and Dileepan of Srilanka have died, Another great soul Sharmila Chanu who is on fast unto death protest in the north eastern state of India for ten years is not worthy a matter to discuss in Patriotic anti corruption Media.

Since the Fast and Satyagraha are employed by proxy servers just for popularity it is easier for the Government to disorganize and disperse the misled crowds of TV viewers. The attempts by Sangh Parivar to imitate the spontaneous protests of Arab countries have failed. But the campaign is successful. The Congress Government has been exposed enough on corruption issues. This is good for the country.

Baba Ramdev Effect: Govt tells Team Anna we can draft Lokpal Bill without you

7 Jun

 After evicting Baba Ramdev from Delhi, the government today asserted itself against Anna Hazare and his colleagues, sternly telling them that it would go ahead with the drafting of the Lokpal Bill “even in their absence” if civil society representatives continued with their boycott of the joint committee meetings.

It also underlined to the Hazare camp that its involvement in the drafting exercise was being seen as undermining of the “supremacy of the Constitution” by other political parties. The government, however, invited them for the next meeting of the joint committee on June 15.

The government’s curt message was delivered shortly after the Congress bracketed both Anna Hazare and yoga guru Ramdev together calling them “mukhautas (masks)” of the BJP and asserting that there was “no bigger sanyasi” in contemporary politics than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

This sudden assertion of authority was a clear attempt by the UPA government, and the ruling party, to regain some of the significant ground it had yielded ever since it notified the joint drafting committee in April under pressure from Hazare who had launched an indefinite fast against corruption at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. The committee has met thrice.

Yesterday, the Hazare camp expressed its solidarity with Ramdev — who was forced out of Delhi on Saturday night — and announced that it would not attend today’s scheduled meeting in protest. The co-chair of the joint committee, Shanti Bhushan, even demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet over the police action on Ramdev, who had organised a fast on the issue of black money.

The five ministers in the joint committee went ahead with today’s meeting in the absence of civil society representatives. One of them, a combative Kapil Sibal, told reporters that Hazare and his colleagues were not “serious” about drafting the Lokpal Bill and criticised the language he said they used against the government.

“I reject in the strongest possible terms the language used by Anna Hazare and others which I must say was not the language of civil society. They have called the government cheats, liars, conspirators. I can only hope such kind of language will not be used in the future,” he said. “Letter writing, asking us to participate in public debates or raising the issue of Ramdev or televised discussions at the meeting are all extraneous to the proceedings of the joint drafting committee. Its mandate is to draft a Lokpal Bill. The government has always cooperated with the demands raised by the civil society.

Sibal made it clear that the government would go ahead with the drafting of the Lokpal Bill even if the civil society representatives refused to participate in future meetings. He read out the responses sent by some of the political parties on the questionnaire circulated by the government inviting suggestions on the Lokpal Bill.

Sibal said the BJP’s view was that law-making was the prerogative of the Parliament and cannot be done by a select group of civil society. Similarly, BSP had said that procedure adopted for drafting of Lokpal bill “was not consistent with Parliament processes”. The CPM and the CPI have also echoed this.

Addressing a press conference earlier, Congress media department chairman Janardan Dwivedi, in a clear reference to Ramdev, said, “A satyagrahi does not run away stealthily wearing women’s dresses. Satyagrahi is always ready to sacrifice his life. Such a person is being compared to Mahatma Gandhi and Vivekananda. Gandhiji never said he feared for his life from the state.”

He also took a dig at the BJP which had organised a day long fast at Rajghat in protest against police action on Ramdev. “Who are these people – those whose ideology led to the creation of Rajghat before time? Gandhiji wanted to live for 125 years. How serious is their fast that the Leader of the Opposition is dancing with her friends at Gandhi’s Samadhi? What is it that they are celebrating – by putting forward the mukhautas of Anna Hazare and Ramdev?” said Dwivedi.

Hazare’s group had also decided to boycott today’s meeting because they wanted the government to make its stand public on certain contentious provisions in the proposed legislation, like whether the Prime Minister and the higher judiciary needed to be brought under the purview of the Lokpal.

Reacting to the government’s remarks, Hazare’s colleague Arvind Kejriwal, one of the members of the committee, denied the use of “unparliamentary” language. “We have always been very proper and correct in our communication with the government. After what the government has said today, we have decided to call a meeting tomorrow to discuss what our future course of action should be,” he said.

Team Anna doubts govt’s intention on Jan Lokpal Bill

6 Jun

Civil society activists led by Anna Hazare Monday boycotted the meeting of the joint drafting committee on Lokpal bill saying government’s intentions raised serious doubts about having a strong anti-corruption watchdog and protesting against the police crackdown on Ramdev. 

The activists have also sought rescheduling of the next meeting of the JDC on June 10 to some other date because of some prior engagements of Hazare. 

After a meeting of the activists, Prashant Bhushan, one of the non-official members wrote a letter to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Chairman of JDC, saying the government desires to practically leave everyone out of Lokpal’s ambit–Prime Minister, horse trading of MPs, middle and lower bureaucracy judiciary. 

He said there was divergence even on the vision of Lokpal and if the government’s stand is accepted, Lokpal would be left to investigate the corruption of only 300-odd officers and ministers. 

“This is government’s vision for Lokpal,” the letter said. 

The letter criticised the “casual and frivolous” manner in which the government had prepared the questionnaire to the chief ministers and the political parties which has been commented upon by them also. 

Referring to the mid-night crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his followers and other issues, Bhushan said “all these developments have raised doubts in our mind whether the government was at all interested in containing corruption and having a strong Lokpal bill. 

“However, what happened on Saturday night in Ramlila Maidan have strengthened our doubts. All these developments have raised doubts about government’s intention and so we are not attending today’s meeting.” 

The next meeting is scheduled on June 10. Hazare has prior engagements from June 9-11. “So we request rescheduling of that meeting,” Bhushan said. 

While waiting for government’s response, he cautioned that time was running out and the committee was yet to finalise the basic principles behind the bill.

Bhushan said developments so far do not inspire confidence that this law would be drafted by June 30. 

In the letter, he said the civil society was told that the manner in which views of political parties and state governments would be sought would be decided in consultation with them but it did not happen. 

“We wonder whether in the history of parliamentary democracy, such an objective type questionnaire (to tick mark the right answer from the choices of a, b, c) was ever sent to the Chief Ministers and political parties before drafting any law,” he said. 

He said they were insisting from the first meeting to have serious consultations with various stakeholders, not to seek their opinion in the form of a survey questionnaire, but to do collective brainstorming with them to seek more ideas and opinions. 

“The government seems to be shying away from any kind of public debate,” he said. 

“Recent events since our last meeting don’t inspire any confidence that the government is serious enough about the Lokpal bill. Further, what happened in the Ramlila ground strengthened our doubts,” Bhushan told reporters. 

Another panel member Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the government appeared not serious on the issue and were giving “frivolous” reasons when issues were raised. 

“When we asked why they were against including judiciary under the ambit of Lokpal panel, the government side told us that two former Chief Justices J S Verma and M Venkitachellaih had written articles saying it should not be done, so we will not do,” he said. 

Asked whether there could be a middle-path to resolve the stalemate, Kejriwal said many people were asking whether the civil society would compromise. 

“We will compromise if the public says so. If the public does not want the Lokpal to investigate charges of a Prime Minister’s corruption, we are ready to drop it. If the public does not want an investigation by Lokpal the charge of a bribe given to judge, then we are ready for a compromise,” he said. 

Queried whether it was proper for the ministers of the joint panel to go ahead with the meeting when they were boycotting it, Kejriwal did not find fault with it saying the ministers can go ahead with the meeting. 

“They can go ahead with the meeting. There is nothing wrong in it. We also have sent a letter today only. They can meet,” he said. 

Don’t malign our mission, rein in colleagues: Anna Hazare to Sonia Gandhi

19 Apr

Social activist Anna Hazare on Monday wrote to Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the “smear” campaign launched against civil society members of the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill and asked her to advise her “colleagues” not to try to derail the process of drafting of law.

 In a two-page letter to Gandhi, he complained against a party General Secretary, apparently Digvijay Singh who has been attacking his campaign, of making many statements which were “factually wrong” and asked her whether she approved them.

 He also refereed to an unnamed minister, who is part of the the ten-member joint committee on the bill, and charged him with making false statements that the civil society representatives have “succumbed” to government’s pressure and “diluted” the law.

 As the war over the alleged fake CD involving eminent lawyer and panel co-chair Shanti Bhushan intensified, he said “the developments of the last few days have been a cause for concern.

“It seems that the corrupt forces in the country have united to derail the process of drafting an effective anti-corruption law through the joint committee. Together we have to defeat their designs,” Hazare said.

 He said one of their strategies is to “smear the reputations” of civil society members in the committee.

 “Whereas I am of the view that the people working for public must be subjected to public scrutiny, however, when blatantly false accusations are made, fabricated CDs are planted, then one feels that the purpose is not an honest public scrutiny but to tarnish reputations.

“They have not even spared me, even though I have lived a simple life following on the path of truth. However, I am happy that despite all their efforts, the vested interests could not dig out anything of substance. This has only raised the reputations of civil society members in the eyes of public,” he said.

 The Gandhian said smear campaign of vested interests seemed to be back firing and people could see through what was happening.

 He warned that the country was in “no mood” to wait any longer to have a strong anti-corruption law and expressed fears about the consequences if the process was “derailed” as people were “very agitated”.

 Hazare wondered what would be the outcome if the government nominees in the committee were subjected to “similar scrutiny or witch hunt”.


Rahul working towards ending corruption: Anna Hazare

17 Apr

Social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday (April 16) reacted to Rahul Gandhi’s comment on how the AICC General Secretary was silently and continuously working to rid the system of corruption. 

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi Anna said, “I feel that the youth should work towards the progress of our country. I do not feel that Rahul would have pointed towards me while making that statement. It is good that he is working towards ending corruption.” 

Acknowledging the menace of corruption, the Gandhi scion had said that he has continuously been working against corruption. Rahul said that he has been trying to improve the rotten system rather than just complaining about it and shifting the onus on officials. 

Rahul Gandhi said, “I spend a lot of my waking hours thinking and working to improve what I see as a rotten system. The difference is that I cannot get away simply with writing letters and complaining as you can. I am faced with reality of changing things which requires much more than the periodic release of emotion.

Anna’s appeal to the Nation

14 Apr

My dear fellow citizens,

 

I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to each one of you for your overwhelming support for the Jan Lokpal movement,  making the Tantra (the System) appreciate the power of the Lok (the People) as is befitting the world’s largest and greatest Loktantra (democracy).

 

Our victory so far over corruption, falsehood, injustice, and oppression is indisputable and unprecedented. But it is also clearly evident that there is handful of people who are already active trying to create schisms in this great coming together of all sections of our society to fight for a corruption-free future. This handful of people wants to break up our collective power and try to create discord.

 

One way for them to try to break up our collective power is to spread disinformation and rake up issues that will distract attention from the fight against corruption towards individuals and extraneous matters.

 

It is important that we are able to see through their designs. We need to not only frustrate their plans but also keep our collective enthusiasm at a level that must keep rising.

 

Our victory so far bears out that we have chosen the right and noble way forward for our country, but our destination is way ahead. We cannot afford to dissipate our energies on arguing over non-issues and quarreling with disinformation campaigns undertaken by the people who see an effective Lokpal as a grave threat to their interests.

 

I consider myself, Anna Hazare, a non-entity. In the history of a great nation and civilization, many Anna Hazares come and go. However, some of the crucial junctures of the history demand that we live up to our national values and ideals; not living up to those values and ideals is like a living death. That’s what I have learnt from the father of our great nation.

 

My indefinite fast was not aimed at getting the government or an individual to fulfill a wayward and irresponsible demand; it was meant to be a Satyagraha of the people of India to liberate ourselves from a monstrously corrupt system of governance.

 

The youth who are devoting some of the most beautiful phase of their lives on this movement for corruption-free India are our force.  The mothers and sisters who lit candles at public places are our light. The sweating foot soldiers of this movement who throw their hands skywards and shout the inspiring slogans are our energy. The Indians who have seen a ray of hope in this movement for a better future will also be the dreamers who will envision a fairer and nobler India.

 

The handful of people who have allowed themselves to be led astray by corruption and injustice will find the right path. That’s our hope.

I appeal to each Indian to keep our unity in this fight against corruption. Each one of us makes up the India, the entire India. So each one of us matter in this struggle to make our government clean and serve our collective interests.

 

I am hopeful that this movement will help clean up and strengthen all our democratic institutions.

 

I appeal to you not to pay attention to disinformation and distractive campaigns.

 

I pray to the Almighty God to give us strength to keep our unity and integrity.

 

May God bless us all!

 

Yours affectionately,

 

Anna Hazare

13th April 2011

 

Rajinikanth wants to join Hazare’s!

13 Apr

Rajinikanth says corruption is the biggest issue facing Tamil Nadu politics today!

While all eyes are on the battle between the DMK and the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, superstar Rajinikanth has voted for Anna Hazare.

The actor expressed his desire to work for the anti-corruption crusader’s campaign as he cast his vote on Wednesday, sayingcorruption is the biggest issue facing Tamil Nadu politics.

“I want to work with Anna Hazare to remove corruption,” the actor said, adding, “Corruption is the biggest issue facing the state today.”

Emphasising the need for special attention to be paid to farmers for their betterment, Rajinikanth said, “Whoever comes to power will need to work for the welfare of poor people and farmers.”

Tamil Nadu went to elect its new assembly on Wednesday. The ruling-DMK led front is battling serious odds with the AIADMK-combine launching an all out offensive to dislodge Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, veteran of many a successful electoral battle in his seven decades of public life.

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