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Forgiven govt, but will continue fast: Ramdev

Hardwar, Jun 7 (IANS)
Published on 8 Jun. 2011 12:10 AM IST
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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who is continuing his fast against corruption here, Tuesday said he has forgiven the government for the post-midnight police action against him and his supporters at the Ramlila Ground in Delhi. He added that thousands of his followers will support Anna Hazare’s protest fast Wednesday. “The government is trying to curb peaceful protesters, but thousands of my followers will participate in Anna Hazare’s fast tomorrow and will court arrest if need be. One thing I would like to make clear is that Anna and I are together in this movement against corruption,” Ramdev told reporters here two days after he was evicted from the capital. “More the government tries to stop us and curb the truth, (the more) will we get stronger,” he added. Earlier in the day, Ramdev said: “The atrocities on me and thousands of my followers, the conspiracy of my murder...I have personally forgiven them”. But he added: “The taint they have brought to democracy, the history of this country and the world will never forgive them.” He also alleged that police were trying to destroy the evidences of their atrocities.  “If the police have not done anything wrong, why did they snatch the CCTV footage from our workers. We installed the CCTV, we paid for it,” he said. “This is hooliganism of police, they edited the CCTV footage and released the CD. They lodged wrong cases against our workers,” he said. Ramdev also said the supporters were beaten and sent back in trains so that they could not approach the media. “Thousands of people were injured, police stuffed them into trains and sent back so that no one tells the media what the police did,” Ramdev added.  Ramdev is continuing his fast against corruption and black money stashed abroad at his ashram in Hardwar, where he was sent after being evicted from Ramlila Ground in Delhi after midnight Saturday.  

Ramdev eviction: Why his salwar kameez looks carefully picked out
New Delhi, Jun 7 (AGENCIES): For someone who is always been against “stitched clothing”, Baba Ramdev sure seemed to be much more flexible for the sake of survival. As he tried to flee Ramlila Maidan in a white chikankari salwar kameez early on Sunday, one couldn’t help but notice that his womanly garb appeared more carefully picked out than a last minute choice. Suspiciously looking to be made to order, the salwar kameez did not help the heavily bearded Ramdev pass off as a woman and escape the police. But it nevertheless flattered his slender yogic frame. Baba might have given up his obvious saffron for a blend in the background white, but his salwar kameez still identified his physical frame more easily than he would have thought. After all, had it been a couple of sizes too big, it would have maybe worked as a better overall than it finally did. The fact that it looked like it was made just for the yogic guru made one suspicious if it was more of a stand- by option than a last minute desperate Bollywood- esque escape route which it was made out to be. The salwar fell right over the ankles with the bottom falling absolutely at the right length. The length of the kurta was neither too short nor too long; it fell right around the middle of the knee area. The sleeves - elbow length - didn’t seem too tight or too loose; even the armholes appeared to be of perfect fitting. The neck was round and high - unlike what most women wear. It was particularly modest and masculine. Even the dupatta looked more like a religious stole than what goes with this kind of a salwar kameez. The Internet in particular went abuzz with comments on his choice of outfit. Twitter and Facebook saw hilarious updates on Ramdev’s carefully picked out ensemble and its dramatic purpose. From likening him to a “drag queen” to “Shikhandi from the Mahabharat”, the comments and status updates on his salwar kameez kept many entertained all day. 

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