Baba Ramdev Fast a BJP sponsored fast

Leader of Opposition in Uttarakhand Harak Singh Rawat said the hype over Ramdev’s health was to save him from farmers who had announced demonstrations to expose land encroachment by the yoga guru. He said the fast was a “drama” and the yoga guru would be exposed the day Patanjali was probed.

The Congress offensive to deepen the saffron taint on Ramdev received a fillip after Nigamanand’s death who died after a long fast against illegal quarrying in Ganga. Congress on Wednesday questioned Baba Ramdev’s hospitalisation after eight days of fast, asking how the yoga guru could sink in nine days when Nigamanand fasted for 115 days and when ordinary political leaders fast for longer periods.

Amid reports that Nigamanand may have been poisoned, AICC spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan accused BJP of the murder of a fasting sadhu.

Rawat said the nexus between mining mafia and BJP state leaders was responsible for Nigamanand’s death. He demanded a CBI probe to bring out the truth. “BJP government should be dismissed. It has lost the moral right to govern, it is responsible for the death of a sadhu,” he said.

Natarajan said, “The deafening silence of BJP leadership on the sadhu’s poisoning and murder exposes its double standards on corruption.”

Times of India

Swami Nigamanand dies after 115-day fast to save Ganga

Sadhu Nigamanand breathed his last after being on a hunger strike for 115 days. Nigamanand went on a fast unto death to protest against illegal mining on the bank of the Ganga in Haridwar. Baba Ramdev’s deluxe ward at Dehradun’s Himalayan Hospital was not far from that of his ‘fellow faster’ Swami Nigamanand. Yet, while the camera bulbs wouldn’t stop flashing as Ramdev broke his fast following nine days of going without food, hardly anyone batted an eyelid as Nigamanand breathed his last after being on a hunger strike for 115 days.

Swami Nigamanand

He started his fast on February 19 from Haridwar. On April 30, the district administration forcibly shifted Nigamanand – a seer at the Matri Sadan Ashram – to the Haridwar District Hospital as his condition started to deteriorate. But even then, he refused to touch food. On May 2, he entered into a coma. He was then shifted to Dehradun’s Himalayan Hospital and put on life support. Nigamanand, 34, finally died on Monday – almost four months after he gave up food.

Nigamanand was on fast to force the state government to issue an order to immediately stop quarrying in the Ganga. He also wanted the works of Himalaya Stone Crusher to be shifted from the Kumbh Mela area. But even as one fasting seer died, another Baba Ramdev sunk his teeth into food and made plans for international tours as his ‘crusade against corruption’ reached a tame end.

Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth, meanwhile, announced he will fly to Russia next month along with Acharya Balkrishna to conduct a week-long yoga discourse. They will then head to Mexico from July 24 to 31 for another discourse.


Driving during Monsoon in India

Though, Monsoon in India is a much awaited season for some, while for others, the weather bring despair. The daily commuters who have to travel by vehicle face many difficult situations during this time.Here are some driving tips that ensure a safe drive during rainy season.

  • Maintain mild pressure on the brake pedal to stop or slow down and do not brake hard or lock the wheels as this also leads to skidding of the car.
  • Replace the windshield wipers at least once in a year as bad wiper blades do not give clear visibility.
  • Use headlights while driving in rain as it helps to see the road clearly.
  • Do not follow large trucks or busses too closely as the spray created by their large tyres reduce visibility.
  • It is hard to manage the car in deep water. Hence, try to use the middle lanes as water tends to pool in outside lanes and also avoid lane change.
  • Avoid driving on standing water as it is difficult to judge the depth of it and it could also be covering a pothole.
  • During rain the windows gets fogged very soon due to high humidity. If the car is air conditioned then turn up the heat and direct the airflow to defrost.
  • In a non-AC car, open the windows alittle to keep the air moving.