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Second coming of Baba Ramdev and the Theatre of the Absurd
Baba Ramdev's second coming is a heady mix of religion and politics and people in India are usually not very happy over this kind of cocktail. What Baba is claiming reminds one of the Theatre of the Absurd.

THE THEATRE of the Absurd expressed the belief that human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down. Logical construction and argument give way to irrational and illogical speech and to its ultimate conclusion, silence. This is what actually is happening in the Baba Ramdev fasting show at the Ramlila Grounds.

On the second day of his fast, he declares in the Anna style that he has no political agenda and merely wants to make India a great nation. He sees an immediate link between the attainment of that exalted state and the return of black money stashed abroad. Then there is the drama over the martyr gallery. Who lie there besides whom? One will be surprised to see Ramdev’s aide, Balkrishna placed besides Bhagat Singh. Now Balkrishna is in jail on charges of passport forgery. Then there are the pictures of Rajabala and Jayendra Saraswati. Rajabala is described by Ramdev as a ‘great martyr who gave up her life for a cause. Actually she died of injuries, suffered during the mind-night crackdown by police on Ramdev ‘s June 2011 agitation. The other person Jayendra Saraswati, the Kanchi Sankaracharya is now facing a trial in a murder case.

Ramdev's speeches are irrational and illogical like those in an absurd drama. He said India would win Olympic gold medal for corruption. The criterion for India being a superpower stronger than China and the US is the use of black money for national security. He makes an over-simplication of the problem of terrorism and Maoist activities by saying that black money is the root cause.

Ramdev very confidently says the black money amount is 20, 000 lakh crore and he wants the scrapping of 500 and 1000 rupee notes. The Government itself came out with a 13 page fact sheet on black money, saying some Rs 49, 325 crore in undisclosed income had been detected in India and Ramdev's own ashram features in the list.

The Baba's second coming represents dissipation and trivialization of India's fledgling anti-corruption movement. His political jibes at people with political authority, shows that he has now no ties with Anna Hazare who is on the verge of joining politics. How seriously can you take a person who claims he will bring down petrol prices to Rs 35 a litre and end corruption when he himself evades taxes on his sizeable commercial operations.

The funniest thing is that the interest in Baba Ramdev is gradually waning. Ramdev claimed on Friday that there was no difference between the two camps. "Fights happen due to three things — wealth, woman and property. Both Anna and I have none of these," he said. Ramdev, however, reiterated that he had "no political agenda.

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