^ rsingh sahab, you seem to have taken things personally, why are you confusing a visitor or tourist who wants to open an account with a person who deliberately wishes to stack his ill-gotten wealth in the Swiss bank?
sugriva wrote:In short, some people were/are looking at a short cut route to power that doesn't involve the peskiness of having to get elected once in every five years. They go by various names, "bhumiputras", "sons of the soil" etc. Not for them sir, the toil of standing for elections, campaigning amongst the electorate, explaining what you stand for to the people and finally being subjected to the test by the voters.
Ah, the diversion. "Bhumiputras", "sons of the soil" do stand for elections and Baba Ramdev does have a party waiting to be tested. However, the above condition certainly does not prevents the selected un-elected from the Rajya Sabha to lead a coalition. Oh no sir, how could that matter, for their electile dysfunction is masked by a plethora of degrees and gasp...an elite posting on the resume! Wah wah, how could a non-elite iskool, non-elite degree holder hope to crash into the corridors of power? As the article below states, the media and our elite iskoolists suffer a bias, none of which is hidden from those who can see through it...Reportage of eviction points to growing urban-rural divide - Seema Kamdar
This time, though, the media has outdone itself. The Baba Ramdev “eviction” episode has been reported by the print media in the mildest of terms with some national dailies even shying from mentioning some critical facts of the eviction such as the fact that the crowd was lathi-charged. The tenor of reportage has been not just restrained but subdued.
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Consider the facts: the state machinery swoops down on an open maidan where tens of thousands of men, women and children are peacefully asleep at night, starts dragging them out, and lathi-charges them. They wake up terrified and flee, leaving behind their belongings, mats and footwear. Some are badly wounded and find themselves hauled to hospital. Their leader gets hijacked and is allegedly manhandled.
Is this how we define “eviction”? All that this lot of protesters were doing, whether you are with them or not, is protesting in what they believe to be a genuine national cause. One shudders to think what would have happened had they pointed fingers at any Congress leaders in particular.
Yet, few leading newspapers have expressed any words of condemnation, let alone any measure of editorial outrage. The English media in particular has been rather snooty about the whole episode, making it a point to look down on Ramdev’s antics for reasons that I suspect have nothing to do with the merit of the story.
Sure, he is ad hoc and appears to have reinvented the fast as a weapon too soon after Anna Hazare’s triumph. His motives may be suspect and one may dispute his cause and means as well. But the real problem lies elsewhere.
The Baba Ramdev episode has brought out the urban-rural gulf in sharp relief. Look at the profile of the protesters: most were farmers — the community of Indians that never gets its fair share of attention — and/or followers of the baba, most of whom are primarily northern, and rural, not quite in the same league as the urban IT generation that graced Anna Hazare’s causes.
The third factor that works against Ramdev in the publicity sweepstakes is his religious garb. He wears saffron and that alone is reason enough to brush him off the pages. Sure, his ill-thought invitation to Sadhvi Rithambara to share the dais could, and should, be condemned, but what exactly is the baba’s crime in being overtly Hindu, preaching yoga, and not speaking English?
Condemn him all you like, but give him his fundamental rights.
I am not despairing any more. I am simply horrified.
Seems like the media is yet again on a high like Lakshmana's friend in the Ramayana and this time there is no Tara for a sobering influence either...