New Delhi: Devotional and patriotic songs on Saturday 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
A music-filled morning greeted the thousands of people
who poured into the sprawling site to see and listen to
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
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".
Ramdev said support from politicians is welcome but
they cannot make give speeches.
"They can support us but they cannot make speeches
because it leads to controversy," he said.
The yoga guru then gave instructions to those who were
fasting along with him, saying "we have arranged for water
and lemon juice but don`t drink in large quantities."
"By making this call, we can awaken the country. We
have received more than 55 lakh missed calls already.
Sometime, we will cross a record one crore mark to remove
corruption," he said, referring to his campaign.