With the two recent satyagrahi's Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev taking on the system, the both does not seem too appreciative of each other's thoughts or principles. This time around, the Gandhian Anna Hazare has in a slightly poking fashion has said that Ramdev was not "mature enough" to lead a social movement.
Hazare has also said that Ramdev did not have any expertise in anything but yoga. He commented, "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."
Though Anna Hazare expressed his protest by going on a one-day token fast against the brutal crackdown on Baba Ramdev's supporters in the Ram Lila grounds, the recent comment only reveals the divide in the yoga guru's and the Gandhian's methodology of protest.
Anna Hazare speaking to reporters at his village in Ralegan Siddhi called for the government to resume dialogue with Baba Ramdev on humanitarian grounds. He added, "Government should intervene on humanitarian grounds and talk to Baba Ramdev. I am making this appeal purely on humanitarian grounds. Constitution gives right to a citizen to stage dharnas and campaigns by going on fast."
Hazare had earlier slammed Baba Ramdev's comment to raise an armed force as a means of self-defence in case of a police crackdown. He had said then that all forms of protest should be non-violent in nature.