Did Baba Ramdev really say he will start an Army?

Baba Ramdev seems to have declared on Wednesday that he would be forming a ‘sena,’ or army, of 11,000 young men and women who will be trained in the use of “scripture and weapons” he has also called people from various regions to send 20 people to join this sena. Does he have any clue what he is saying here?

If Baba thinks that an army of 11000 people armed (again he says for self defense) is the solution, he probably has no idea what so ever of mob psychology. Maybe he has forgotten what happened in 1992 Dec 6th. Or was he asleep when Indira Gandhi was assassinated and when Delhi burned for days, reminisces of which still float in the air we breathe. Mob psychology be it instigated by a religion or political ideology is an entirely different animal which once initiated grows by itself and becomes uncontrollable. When fueled with the right ingredients of hate it blinds all senses, logic and reasoning. Once formed this cannot be stopped by Baba or whoever he thinks is above him. It will not listen to him.

Even in the well formed structured of military during war time even with all the hierarchy and power of authority, things go out of hand and people act in groups what they would not do even in their wildest dreams. Here especially aligning an armed mob under the pretext of anti corruption could have devastating consequences on the sanity of people and our democratic fabric of our nation. Imagine when Baba and his allies will create a list of corrupt people in India and give this list to the 11000 strong group who are floating or flying on the highly pumped up adrenaline of being part of the biggest blockbuster of their lifetime.

If you still remember he wants death penalty as the possible punishment for corruption. And who decides what corruption is when power is in hand, Corruption of money, corruption of culture, corruption of language and what else would follow…. Guys, if you support Baba, it is a time to rethink where he and his people are leading us. Till now I was unsure, but now I feel this guy is Insane, demanding people to take up arms to fight corruption in India and that too chanting scriptures. Who is giving this guy the authority to create civil unrest and bringing arms into the equation?

But while withdrawal of support for Baba is needed the fight against corruption should continue. With Anna Hazare back giving an ultimatum to the Government if they don’t act, I think it would be great if similar people from different sects and political ideologies with a reasonable following can emerge and power up the fight against corruption. This will not only pull out Baba’s insane approaches but will also help the people continue the fight against corruption.

Baba says this is for self defense, but he does not decide things when a Sena is formed, Mob Psychology creates an animal with thousands of hands heads which will act on its own and might even eat the Baba alive if he comes in the way. What we need is not an autocratic power that will redefine the boundaries of corruption for its benefit, but a system that can bring the people’s voice to the forefront, for that we don’t need one but all political parties and religious sects to join together. For a Nation that became independent by teaching the world the meaning of Ahimsa, It will be sad irony to be reborn to something else through arms.

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3 replies

  1. Dear Vinod,
    You must have watched the video of Baba Ramdev talking about Saasthra and shasthra before writing this article. You have just followed the media’s blown out of proportion stories.
    Look at Budhism: the followers are taught Saasthra and Shasthra. Are they doing any harm in the Society.
    (Having said that I remember one incident at MG Road Ernakulam in the year 1994. The MG Road was blocked on two ends and the Tibettan refugess including women who sell clothes and Chappals were beaten to shit, without even considering that they have no one else except India. This was done by Pro China SFI of Ernakulam Maharajas College).No one came to their help. Doesnt they need Shasthra( for self defence?)

    Also you should have looked at the millions of followers who are poor or rich, laymen or elite. Are they too insane to follow an insane? Havent you known about the millions who got their life and health changed positively, thanks to the Yoga and Ayurvedic empire set up by Ramdev?

    Or are you just listening to the sister of prannoy Roy’s wife and wife of Karat named brinda?

    At least you should have watched the videos of Police man cracking down protesters while sleeping at late night. They included women and children. If it were done to you, will you keep quiet to be known as sane?
    Venu

    • Venu, the problem is everyone is trying to quote someone or the other and I don’t know if anyone who is commenting has been to Ramlila Maidan I geuss not. Video by Ramdev or Media talks by congress all are same as one interprets. People ta…ke what they want from everything they see or hear, my version is what I digest out of these, but I will surely watch the video you suggested. what I said is just that Mob psychology is not something one can control. You can take it that I have no vested interest religious or political in this, but mine are the free opinions as I see the issue grow. To put the record straight, I am for the anti-corruption movement, I condemn violence from either side, I am strictly against religion mixing with politics and I think people need to individually change along with the cry for the Government, politicians, leaders and systems to change 🙂

    • Venu, the problem is everyone is trying to quote someone or the other and I don’t know if anyone who is commenting has been to Ramlila Maidan I geuss not. Video by Ramdev or Media talks by congress all are same as one interprets. People ta…ke what they want from everything they see or hear, my version is what I digest out of these, but I will surely watch the video you suggested. what I said is just that Mob psychology is not something one can control. You can take it that I have no vested interest religious or political in this, but mine are the free opinions as I see the issue grow. To put the record straight, I am for the anti-corruption movement, I condemn violence from either side, I am strictly against religion mixing with politics and I think people need to individually change along with the cry for the Government, politicians, leaders and systems to change 🙂

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