A video, which surfaced on social media on Wednesday, has yoga guru Ramdev challenging the authorities to arrest him.
In a 40 second video that appeared on Social Media recently, Ramkrishna Yadav alias Baba Ramdev of Patanjali is seen saying, “Khair arrest to unka koi baap bhi nahi har sakta Swami Ramdev ko…lekin ek shor macha rahey hain…ki arrest Swami Ramdev…kabhi kuch chala detey hai….ki arrest Ramdev…Thug Ramdev…Kabi maha thug Ramdev…Kabi giraftaar Ramdev…chalate rahe hai..chalane do (’No one ..in fact no one’s father can arrest Swami Ramdev…but they are making noise… arrest Ramdev, Thug (con) Ramdev…They are following trends …let them)”
To give you context, on the 27th of May 2021, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to book the Yoga guru under sedition laws for questioning the efficacy of allopathic medicines and vaccines against Covid-19 disease. “Misinformation campaign on vaccination by Patanjali owner Ramdev should be stopped. In a recent video he claimed that 10,000 doctors and several people have died despite taking both doses of vaccine. Action under sedition charges should be taken against him,” the two-page letter said.
The letter issued on Wednesday noted that India has lost over 1,000 doctors so far during the pandemic. “None in the first wave could receive the vaccine and the majority who had died in the second wave also couldn’t take their vaccine for various reasons. Now deceitfully attributing that several people have died in spite of two doses of vaccination, is a deliberate move to stall the efforts of vaccination to reach our masses and it needs to be curtailed immediately,” said IMA president Dr. J.A. Jayalal.
He said the doctors are pained to witness the services rendered by nearly 10 lakhs of them during this pandemic being ridiculed and the system being called stupid.
“IMA respects, acknowledges and compliments all systems of medicine especially our Indian system of Ayurvedic Medicine, as each system is helping our people differently. We are not against any medicine promoted by the Ministry and are happy to share in most of our public health treatment centres the drugs promoted by the AYUSH Ministry. We opposed certain drugs promoted without the approval of the Ministry as a curative drug.”
The IMA has now requested the PM “to take appropriate action against individuals viciously propagating the message of fear on vaccination and challenging the government of India protocols for treatment for their vested interest in their company products”.
“This in our opinion is a clear-cut case of a sedition case and such persons should be booked immediately without any delay under,” the association said.
Earlier Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday wrote a letter to the yoga guru asking him to retract his objectionable statements against allopathy after the Indian Medical Association demanded action on Saturday.
The health minister stated that India’s incredible healthcare workers are fighting against Covid-19 day in and day out for their countrymen. He said that Baba Ramdev’s statements have hurt the country’s sentiments by disrespecting India’s ‘Corona warriors’.
The Digpu News Bottomline
While India is going through the second wave of the pandemic and still recording over 2 Lakh cases per day, it has been the medical and paramedical staff all over the country who have been leading the fight against the virus with the PMO and HMO more or less absent from the scene. In the middle of all this, unscientific statements like Ramkrishna Yadav’s can really damage the country’s struggle amidst the deadly pandemic.
Though the Health Minister wrote to the Patanjali founder but it remains to be seen whether any concrete steps will be undertaken to address the root cause of the problem which is unscientific temper and misinformation from people as influential as Ramdev