BABA BLACK SHEEP?

India Today - - UPFRONT -

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.

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