BABA BLACK SHEEP?
Hell hath no fury like a baba scorned. Baba Ramdev, one of the BJP’s most vocal campaigners in 2014, says he will not campaign for any party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The yoga guru’s disenchantment is understandable. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kept Ramdev away from his yoga programmes. The HRD ministry has nixed his proposal for a Vedic education board (the RSS is said to be dead opposed to it). And it turns out that the baba’s Patanjali Ayurveda doesn’t have enough backers in BJP-ruled states. There is an FIR against Patanjali in Assam over an elephant death, land acquisition in Maharashtra has run into controversy and a proposed food park in UP is mired in red tape. Balancing the spiritual with the temporal isn’t easy business.