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The Guardian Article Says Baba Ramdev is Fake but No Proof Offered

An article titled ‘TV swami offers a cure for all ills’ by Randeep Ramesh in The Guardian newspaper refers to Baba Ramdev as the television yoga evangelist. The main aim of the article is to prove that Baba Ramdev is fake but no solid proof is offered. It seems that the author of the article is irked by the millions of followers that Baba Ramdev has around the world.
The article revolves around these points
  • The large amount of money collected from patients.
  • India's Aastha channel is Baba Ramdev’s propaganda arm.
  • The Swami sells himself as a one-person health service and pranayama, the ancient Indian art of breath control, is his main medicine.
  • Swami Ramdev makes ridiculous claims of healing HIV AIDS and Cancer.
  • Baba Ramdev is so powerful that he can overthrow the Indian government and the Indian politicians.
If Baba Ramdev is fake, why has the Indian government not taken any action against him? The article author does not answer the question but finds the answer in the words of Sanal Edamaruku of the Indian Rationalist Association – the Indian government is scared of Baba Ramdev!
And claims in the article like Indian Communists are scared of Baba Ramdev evoke nothing but laughter. The Communists are one of the strongest allies in the UPA government in India and they are scared of Baba Ramdev shows the lack of knowledge of Indian political situation.
But why didn’t the British Government investigate about Swami Ramdev when he came to Westminster to give British politicians a class in yoga. Or the governments in those countries that Baba Ramdev visits or his teachings are aired. The author has no answer to such queries.
The use of the word ‘television yoga evangelist’ is interesting because Baba Ramdev provides stiff competition to the Christian Evangelist faith healers who have been freely propagating Christian faith healing in India through television for decades. Hope Randeep Ramesh, the author of the article, has time to write about them too.
At least one thing is sure Baba Ramdev has no hidden conversion agenda like Christian Evangelist Faith Healers who appear daily in the morning on Indian Television channels with the sole aim of harvesting Hindu souls.
Investigative journalism needs extensive research, follow-up, solid proof and an appropriate end. Such articles merely create confusion in the minds of people. It can also been seen as part of biased English media attitude towards Hinduism.
Such articles only help in creating more suspicion about western media in the minds of Hindus.