June 5th, 2011
Ramdev is missing the whole point
Baba Ramdev, who has woken up against the Indian Government on the issue of corruption and black money is missing the whole point. I am afraid that all his posturing will eventually get the better of him and he will become inconsequential.
He has no idea of the black money economy in India. It is not about the money stashed in Swiss bank accounts abroad. It is about the parallel economy that is in operation all around us: the economy that deals only in cash, where shopkeepers do not pay any VAT or ST to the Government, where rich farmers show their illegal earnings as coming out of the agriculture and hence escape taxation and where politicians/babus construct multi story complexes from the money fleeced from general public as bribe.
If Ramdev wants to really fight corruption, he should go back to his followers and ask them to act ethically, not to ask or pay bribes and ask them to pay taxes honestly. His followers in IAS should stop seeing a development project as a money making opportunity. His followers in the corporate world should stop bending rules and not bribe politicians to get their job done.
Can Ramdev not create one yogasana that rinses the body of toxic thoughts that lead a person to ask for bribe? This is how Ramdev should strive to be effective. What is happening in the Ramlila Ground in Delhi is a farce.