Switch on the ACs, Baba Ramdev is fasting at Ram Lila Maidan

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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New Delhi, Jun 3: How ironic is it that the protest fast against corruption, will be held in the cool confines of luxury appliances like air conditioners and air coolers. Welcome to the New Delhi's Ram Lila Maidan, where Baba Ramadev, a sanyasi will be launching his fight against corruption and Indian black money stashed in foreign banks.

A peek in to the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, and you will find huge posters of the yoga guru, staring at you as if to enquire, are you joining my fast? This certainly is no ordinary fast, not even nearer to the original crusader against corruption Anna Hazare's fast at Jantar Mantar.

The area at which, the Baba will fast has been well equipped to accommodate more than one lakh people. It will have 650 toilets and showers to allow the visitors, or may be fellow fighters against corruption to refresh themselves.

There are air conditioners and coolers almost everywhere to ensure that the Delhi heat doesn't affect the Baba's fight against corruption. There are CCTVs being installed in addition to the hundreds of policemen who are meant to ensure the security of the Baba and his warriors against corruption.

Ironically enough, for a fast of this magnitude, there are almost a dozen canteens, with volunteer cooks, probably to ensure that visitors don't go unattended.

It certainly is a suave way to fast, and launch awareness about the menace of corruption that has gripped the country. And one only expects that the Baba has made enough provision to create awareness among the general public about the black money stashed in foreign banks and hopefully doesn't make the people think of what the fuss is all about.

But what Anna Hazare did with his simplistic fast, brought the political mechanism of the country to its knees and forced them to at least recognise and initiate a battle against corruption. And hopefully, with all these luxury at his disposal, the Baba can do greater things for the country. One can only hope, the rest is for the entire country to see and decide.

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