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Baba Ramdev


Swami Ramdev, popular as Baba Ramdev is a Hindu swami and a yoga guru. He is a social activist and has staged protests against corruption in the country.

Swami Shankar Dev is his mentor.

Baba Ramdev is mainly fighting to bring the black money stashed abroad by Indians back to the country.

Against Homosexuality

Baba Ramdev filed a special leave petition before the Supreme court on Delhi High Courts ruling to legalize gay sex. Ramdev says homosexuality a 'disease' and he can cure it through yoga. He says it is a virus and once it effects the person can go no where. In July 09, he commented that actress such as Celina Jaitley know nothing about Bhartiya sanskriti because they always stay away from parents and have no moral.

Campaign against Black Money

In 2012, Baba Ramdev has lead a campaign against black money.

On 17 May 2012, the Income Tax Department said that the trusts owned by Baba Ramdev owed Rs. 58 crore in taxes against their income. Though, his trusts were initially exempted from paying taxes due to their claims being a charitable organization, a new audit concluded that the sale of ayurvedic medicines must be treated as a commercial venture. The trust said that they will challenge the I-T notice.

Swadeshi movement

Baba Ramdev has launched the Swadeshi movement on 2 Oct 2012, protesting against the government’s decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment in retail. He burnt a bonfire of foreign clothes at Haridwar. The agitation is launched in 650 villages across the country and is aimed to continue till 2014. Baba Ramdev’s Swabhiman Trust has called on the people of the country to stop corrupt forces and instead vote honest candidates. They appealed the people to boycott foreign goods.

Patanjali Noodles

In 2015, Baba Ramdev has launched Patanjali Noodles. In November 2015, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said that the Patanajali Noodles is not approved by it and can't be sold. On 19 Nov, Baba Ramdev denied the claim and said that the Noodles have got the approval of FSSAI and said that those who are doing contract manufacturing for them have obtained the license as well as the manufacturing license.

2014 Elections

Baba Ramdev has offered his backing to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 elections.

Controversial Remarks

Baba Ramdev allegedly made a controversial remark at a press conference in Lucknow on April 25, 2014. Referring to Rahul Gandhi reaching out to dalits, Ramdev is quoted to have said "He goes to Dalits' houses for honeymoon and picnic. Had he married a Dalit girl, then his luck could have clicked and he would have become the Prime Minister." The remarks caused a huge uproar from Congress party and dalit organizations. The BJP defended Baba Ramdev saying that his remarks were misconstrued. Baba Ramdev apologised for the remarks later saying that he did not mean to insult Rahul Gandhi or Dalits and that he regrets the remarks. An FIR was filed under Section 171G by Uttar Pradesh police on April 26, 2014.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati threatened a nation-wide agitation if Baba Ramdev was not booked under SC/ST Act and put behind bars. The National Commission for Scheduled Castes asked the Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh to inform whether action had been taken or planned against Ramdev.

Baba Ramdev in News

Congress goes offensive against opposition parties at its rally
Opposition parties term the rally 'anti-people'

Ramdev criticizes PM for not announcing measures to end corruption
Ramdev disappointed with Prime Minister's Red Fort speech

Baba Ramdev calls off fast, says fight against corruption will continue
Jethmalani accuses Rahul Gandhi of stashing black money abroad

Baba Ramdev to watch Parliament proceedings from Ambedkar stadium
Ramdev refuses to vacate Ambedkar stadium

Baba Ramdev detained by Delhi Police
Ramdev was stopped by the police at the Ranjit Singh flyover

Baba Ramdev to protest outside the Parliament
Gadkari, Sharad Yadav and Subramanian Swamy shares stage with Ramdev

Kiran Bedi's comments spark controversy
Several tweets on Twitter slam Bedi's comments

Baba Ramdev to continue fast
Ramdev gives ultimatum to Prime Minister to intervene

Baba Ramdev to end his symbolic fast today
Baba Ramdev says his agitation will continue

India could win a gold medal in corruption says Baba Ramdev
Ramdev asks Prime Minister to show political honesty

Baba Ramdev begins three day fast at Ramlila Maidan
Ramdev says three-day fast is just the first phase of his agitations

Congress MP Vijay Darda calls Narendra Modi a lion
Congress MP praises Gujarat Chief Minister at an award function

Baba Ramdev lends conditional support to Rahul Gandhi
Ramdev says Rahul Gandhi can become prime minister if he can bring back the black money of Indians stashed abroad

Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev announce protests against UPA Government
Anna Hazare's protest begin from July 25 at Jantar Mantar; Ramdev's protests at Ramlila Maidan from August 9

Baba Ramdev dares Govt. to prove his black money estimates wrong
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev has dared the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre to prove his estimate of 400 trillion rupees' worth of black money being stashed in safe havens abroad wrong.

Baba Ramdev wants president as per nation's liking
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday expressed his warm greetings to all the proposed candidates being considered for the coveted post of President of India, saying the honour of the nation is attached to it.

Mulayam extends support to Ramdev's movement against black money
Extending support to yoga guru Baba Ramdev in his campaign, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said that till the time black money is not brought back, the poor won't benefit.

Black money issue: Baba Ramdev meets Mulayam, seeks SP support
Continuing with his mission to secure political support for his movement to retrieve black money stashed away in foreign banks, yoga guru Baba Ramdev met Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav here today.

Naidu backs Ramdev, says lopsided economic policies responsible for scandals
Backing yoga guru Baba Ramdev's movement against black money, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said lopsided economic policies are responsible for the emerging scandals within the country.

Black money issue: Ramdev meets Chandrababu Naidu
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev met Telugu Desam chief N. Chandrababu Naidu here today and sought his cooperation and support in the movement to retrieve black money stashed away in foreign banks.

Baba Ramdev accuses Centre of being hesitant on black money issue
Nagpur, Dec 20 : Baba Ramdev alleged that the Central Government is hesitant in initiating procedures to repatriate illicit black money stashed in several foreign banks.

Baba Ramdev predicts strong Lokpal
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Tuesday said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre will have to succumb before the will of the people, as they mount pressure for the passage of an effective Lokpal Bill that would help to root out corruption from the country.

Ramdev alleges Manmohan Singh behaves like a 'broker of foreign companies'
Criticising the Prime Minister over the decision to approve Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail sector, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday said that it seemed that Dr. Manmohan Singh was working towards the protection of foreign retailers like the Wal-Mart.

'Action against corrupt can be taken under existing laws', says Swamy
Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said the existing Indian laws have enough provisions to take action against people indulging in corrupt practices.

Baba Ramdev questions Manmohan Singh's integrity
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has slammed the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, saying people would raise suspicion over his honesty if he is not able to run the country with integrity.

Puri Shankaracharya asks fellow 'saints' to shun politics, stick to spiritual pursuits
Taking a jibe at yoga guru Baba Ramdev and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Puri Shankaracharya Adhokshajanand Dev, has said that people who proclaim themselves to be ascetics must live an austere life.

Baba Ramdev finds Gaddafi in Congress leaders
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev is finding characteristics of Muammar Gaddafi in various leaders of Congress party.

Baba Ramdev steps up pressure on government to enforce strong anti-graft laws
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has said that the ruling Congress party will face serious consequences in the upcoming assembly polls if it fails to introduce a strong legislation to check corruption, the flow of black money out of the country and retrieval of unaccounted money stashed away abroad.

'Anna should make his stand clear on links with RSS and BJP': Digvijay Singh
Asserting that Team Anna has the backing of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday said veteran social activist Anna Hazare should make his stand clear on his links with the saffron outfit.

BJP leaders slam government over corruption
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have slammed the ruling Congress party for not trying to bring back black money stashed in Swiss banks, which could be used in the development projects in rural areas.

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