Saturday, July 16, 2011

What Baba Ramdev doesn't teach you

By SiliconIndia, Friday, 15 July 2011, 17:22 IST

Bangalore: The controversial yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who rose to extreme fame after his fast against corruption and black money that began at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi and the related incidents, has been widely criticized for his teachings and practices by acclaimed gurus. Baba Ramdev, who has a cult status with millions of followers, runs a health empire worth hundreds of crores and owns an island off the coast of Scotland.

Many prominent personalities have criticized Baba Ramdev for his way of functioning, calling him a businessman with vested political interests. His yoga teachings had been questioned by renowned gurus such as BKS Iyengar as Swami Balendu.

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1: Baba Ramdev is popularising Yoga on a wide scale. This is worrying anti-Hindu forces and the midnight crackdown on his camp was actually to go after Baba Ramdev personally and injure him grievously so that he cannot demonstrate yoga again. This job was no doubt entrusted to a handpicked select group of policemen. Being a yogi par excellence, he sensed the imminent danger and escaped in woman's dress out of the range of this group of policemen. The Supreme Court must order investigation into this angle.
Posted by: K.Venugopal - 17 Jul, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ayodhya dispute: SC brings title suit back to base

Monday, May 9th 08:37 PM IST
Ayodhya dispute: SC brings title suit back to base
Akshaya Mishra - 5 hours ago
#Allahabad High Court #Ayodhya dispute #Babri dispute #Ram Janmabhumi
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It's back to square one, as SC stays Ayodhya verdict
Well-intentioned, but impractical. That was the general verdict in the legal fraternity on the Allahabad high court’s ruling on the disputed 2.77-acre piece of land in Ayodhya on 30 September 2010. The initial euphoria in some circles – barring the Muslim groups – over the grand solution buried the inconsistencies in the verdict.
The court offered a patch-up formula, not a legal solution to the vexatious issue. The three-way division of the land among Nirmohi Akhara, Sunni Central Wakf Board and Ram Lalla (the idol put up in the makeshift temple after the demolition) was difficult to implement. It required a great deal of adjustment from all the parties involved. With so much of emotional investment in the issue from both sides — Hindus and the Muslims — that critical mass of goodwill was never going to be easy to attain.

Supreme Court ordered status quo on the Allahabad high court verdict on the Babri Masjid title suit. B Mathur/Reuters
Moreover, none of the parties had sought a division of the land. If the court was looking at a out-of-the-box solution, it was not called for.
The three-member bench’s verdict also faltered on basic legal parameters while judging the case. It appeared to be relying more on hearsay and unsubstantiated accounts than reliable historical evidence. It was not surprising that all the parties involved moved the apex court.
The Wakf Board and Jamait Ulama-i-Hind sought the quashing of the high court’s ruling since it was based on faith and not on evidence. The Hindu Mahasabha appealed to the court to endorse the minority verdict of Justice Dharam Veer Sharma which favoured handing over the entire plot to Hindus.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday was thus expected. “A new dimension was given by the high court as the decree of partition was not sought by the parties. It was not prayed by anyone. It has to be stayed. Its a strange order,” the bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice RS Lodha observed.
It also barred all religious activity on the 67-acre land acquired by the central government adjacent to the disputed structure.
The Supreme Court’s verdict brings the 61-year-old case back to where it began.
The last word on the dispute is still a long way off. The unintended spin-off of the court’s ruling could be a pleasant one. Most of the parties would prefer the emotive issue to be settled in the court. In any case, a definitive verdict is not going to be acceptable to either of the communities. The lingering court case keeps any flare-up in abeyance.

Venu1005 0 minutes ago
This report of the Supreme Court's stay of the High Court judgement is misleading. The SC did not say anything about the High Court relying on hearsay and unsubstantiated accounts. The reporter has attempted to put his words into the mouth of the Supreme Court. Furthermore, the High Court did not depend on faith in its judgement but scientific evidences of satellite imaging and archeological evidences. If Ayodhya being the birthplace of Rama is an article of faith among the Hindus, that does not by itself mean that it is not an historical fact.