Each to its own Advantage!

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) lashed at the Government for its midnight attack on protesters, including women and children, at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, while confessing that it “extended” support to yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s campaigning. This came after an evening of theatrics that began with an coordinated agreement with the government but transformed into a full-fledged altercation in no time. The government later that night had sent a written communiqué to Baba Ramdev asking him to pull out his fast while comforting him that steps would be taken on his stipulate on black money and corruption.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had put up an ajar question and that’s what actually drove the government to come down heavily upon the cohorts of Baba Ramdev at Ramlila ground when they were merely agitating to stop corruption and uprooting the black money out of its illegal bases?

While some describe it as a Jallianwala Bagh-like attack, for some, the government’s action was a recall of Emergency, but Baba’s elder brother Dev Dutt, along with his wife Dhanmaya and their daughter Deepika, fasted in support at their own village. To articulate their antagonism over the police action in Delhi, the natives of the Baba’s village blew the issue furthermore by carrying out a profession with an effigy of the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and up-roaring slogans against the United Progress Alliance and the Delhi Police as well.

But the congress talking heads have been reproving Baba Ramdev’s avowal, that the incident happened in New Delhi at the behest of Sonia Gandhi and she would be responsible if anything happens to him. But the Congress proclaims Baba’s statement as an out-and-out try to garner “cheap publicity” and elevate his “vested political interests”.

The BJP heads are no less wily. The party wants to ride to supremacy on the shoulders of Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare. Though nobody wants to go back to the days when LK Advani had promised to bring back black money during the run up to the last general elections. As it is there were no takers even then as no one confides in BJP when it comes to corruption. The RSS and the BJP are literally waiting for the Congress will fall on its own. All they might be directing their energies towards is, not letting the 3rd alternative emerge in competition. They seem to be blindly following the masses, whichever direction they head. The movement will surely lose credibility if it is seen as savior of the BJP or the Congress, rather than this country’s biggest anti-corruption movement. Both the Congress and the BJP are in union on one front. Both want to discredit the leadership churning process that is currently underway in India. The Congress is making its noises through Digvijaya Singh while the BJP is doing so just by mere association.

So we now face the possibility of a political movement in India led by a gaggle of high-flying gurus, quite simply because our political leaders have failed to lead. There are those in the Congress Party who are trying to say that Baba Ramdev has the support of the RSS. It’s pretty obvious that the RSS is trying to infiltrate his movement. So is the Bharatiya Janata Party. For a political party with decades of Opposition experience, it has come out with an amazing inability to raise the political issues that are important to Indians today. So all they can do now is lend their support to Baba Ramdev’s movement in a pathetic attempt to gain the support of a tattered India, that anyways has to choose ONE amongst the CORRUPT.

Garima Obrah