Ramdev's agitation: Music, humour and yoga

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New Delhi, Jun 4: Devotional and patriotic songs today (June 4) reverberated across the Ramilal Grounds, the site of yoga guru Baba Ramdev's hunger strike against black money, as his discourse was laced with humour and demonstration of ''asanas''.

A music-filled morning greeted the thousands of people who poured into the sprawling site to see and listen to Ramdev.

At 4:50 AM, Ramdev came on the dais accompanied by saffron-clad monks and he was joined by radical Sangh Parivar leader Sadhvi Ritambhara and Muslim and Sikh religious leaders.

It was almost a one-man show by Ramdev who conducted the proceedings, interspersing yoga demonstration, discourse and music with a bit of humour to spice up the proceedings.

Whenever religious leaders came on the dais, Ramdev would introduce, apparently to project that his movement was not sponsored by RSS or any other organisation.

Ramdev continuously addressed the gathering and was followed by Sadhvi Ridambhara who lavished praise on the Baba saying "if there were more Vallabbhai Patels, then there was no need for a sanyasi to sit on satyagraha."

Maulvi Rizvi complimented the Sadhvi for her speech and said "this is not Muallah Omar's Taliban. This is Hindustan, drawing thunderous applause.

Ramdev was at his humorous best when he told his followers that the hunger strike will help them in two ways.

"Hamara mota bhai aur moti baheno ke liye yeh satyagrah health benefits dega aur desh ke liye wealth mil jayega" (while the hunger strike will help slim obese brothers and sisters, it will also bring wealth to the country)".

When a follower gave him a Rs 11 lakh cheque, he quipped "take the photos, this is not black money". 

Union ministers Kapil Sibal and Subodh Kant Sahay had held a marathon meeting with Ramdev to persuade him to not go ahead with his indefinite fast. However, the talks failed to reach any breakthrough with the yoga guru insisting that all his demands be met with completely.

In a bid to persuade Ramdev from going ahead with his protest, the government had issued a statement late last night assuring him that the maximum penalty for corrupt officials would be "substantially increased", promising speedy trials for people accused of corruption but stayed silent on the guru's demand that they should be hanged.


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