OFBJP USA sends its president to India to support Baba Ramdev
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 07, 2011, 11:09
Washington: Strongly condemning police action against Baba Ramdev and his supporters at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, the US unit of Overseas Friends of BJP said its chief has joined the yoga guru in India on behalf of overseas Indians.

"Overseas Friends of BJP (USA) condemns UPA government in the strongest terms for such a barbaric, undemocratic and brutal police action against peaceful Satyagrahis protesting against corruption and black money," OFBJP, which aligns itself with Bharatiya Janata Party, said in a statement.

"This is the beginning of the end of UPA government, when downfall nears the person gets deluded (Vinashkale viprit buddhi), that is what has happened to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi," it said.

Adapa Prasad, the national president of OFBJP, went to India last week to join in this Satyagrah against corruption, it said, adding he is scheduled to address a press conference to to register OFBJP's protest and demand resignation of the Prime Minister.

OFBJP has been supporting Ramdev in his fight against corruption, and organised mass protests across the US over the weekend. The protests were organised in New York City, Upstate New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington DC, Richmond-Virginia, Tampa-Florida, Houston-Texas, Dallas-Texas, St Louis-Missouri, Atlanta-Gerogia, Chicago-Illinois, Boston and California.

Referring to the police action at the Ramlila Grounds over the weekend, OFBJP said, the only fault of the volunteers was that they were demanding the government to enact tough laws against corruption and bring back black money stashed abroad.

"The action of UPA government reminds us the midnight anti-democratic action on June 26, 1975 when Emergency was clamped on India by the same Congress party which is leading the UPA government now, and thousands of innocent people were arrested and brutalised that day," it said.

Meanwhile, Washington-based Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has also strongly denounced that police action and said "the democracy in India is in danger."

The first and foremost responsibility of any functioning democracy is to protect the civil rights of its citizens, even when they speak against the sitting government," Rishi Bhutada, a member of the HAF executive council, said in a statement.

"When a government acts contrary to that principle, it risks ruling by tyranny, as seen in the actions of a government that would attack one of India's respected Hindu religious leaders and his unarmed supporters," he said.

HAF's assistant Director Jay Kansara said that the gratuitous, middle-of-the-night attack on Baba Ramdev and his tens of thousands of peaceful supporters was clearly an attempt to distract attention from the government?s unwillingness to curb corruption within its ranks.

"HAF has called attention to similarly brutal attacks on peacefully gathering Hindus in Malaysia before, and is closely monitoring persecution of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh - it is an utter shock to see the Congress-UPA combine emulate such tactics," he said.

In March, HAF leaders testified in support of India's human rights record and history of democratic dissent in front of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

"It is a sad irony that Saturday's attack is contrary to our words in India's support, and we call upon the UPA government to reaffirm its commitment to religious pluralism and democracy in light of this week’s events," HAF said.


First Published: Tuesday, June 07, 2011, 11:09

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