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Friday, January 06, 2006

Swami Ramdev vs. The communists and The Indian media

Sandeep has a couple of excellent posts on the controversy raked up by communist Brinda Karat over the Ayurvedic medicines produced by Swami Ramdev's organisation, and the manifest bias of India's media against Hindu leaders like Swami Ramdev. Please visit Sandeep's blog to read more.

Following up on Sandeep's second post, I present more examples of media bias against Swami Ramdev. IBNLive seems to be the leader for now.

  • IBNLive: Swami's cure or animal remains? by Smitha Nair

    There are lakhs of people who swear by yogic guru Swami Ramdev's medicine but the man himself is now under scrutiny.

    A health ministry letter made available to the media by the CPI(M) alleges that the Swami's herbal medicines contain animal parts and powder from human skulls.

    So be careful the next time that you take an Ayurvedic pill for epilepsy as it might contain animal matter or powder of human skulls.

  • IBNLive: Bone traces found in Swami's drugs by Hemangini Gupta: This is a good example of proclaiming one thing in the headlines, and revising it in the actual text.

    Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has said that they have found animal residue in samples of Ayurvedic medicine purportedly manufactured by yoga guru Swami Ramdev’s Divya Yog Mission.

    The samples were submitted to the Ministry by CPI-M leader Brinda Karat who alleged that the medicines and contained bones and animal residue.
    The Health Ministry will now check whether the samples submitted by Karat are those actually made by Divya Yog.

    Hmm, so we dont know whence Brinda got the drug samples, yet we can proclaim that the bone remains were found in the Swami's drugs. Very interesting!

  • Swami Ramdev: Yoga does it

    Swami Ramdev reportedly had a portrait of the late Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Madhavrao Sadashivrao Golwalkar as the backdrop for one of his television shows, which are beamed live to 170 countries. For the Bharatiya Janata Party and its affiliates in the Sangh Parivar, Ramdev holds a special status.

    In one of his camps, which are attended by hundreds of people, Swami Ramdev claimed Vice-President Bhairon Singh Sekhawat had asked him to hold a camp for patients at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

    What the heck does "Yoga does it" in the title mean? And see how the reporter links the Swami to the secular media's pet hates - Golwalkar and his RSS! You don't see Karat being linked with communist liars and mass-murderers like Che Guevara, Stalin, Mao in this report, do you?

  • NDTV used the well-known trick of reporting unrelated criticisms of Swami Ramdev so as to do a hatchet job on Swami Ramdev and hurt his standing in the currrent issue. (This is a well-known trick - it was used unsuccessfully by Tamil 'news' channels against Kanchi Sankaracharya.)

    So NDTV wrote up a report saying Swami Ramdev was criticised for 'selling' yoga. I accessed the report at this link some time back:


    However, the strange thing is that this report no longer exists at the above link! Even a Google-search did not yield the report. So my guess is that NDTV retracted the report. The above link now results in a story about the Dal Lake encroachment! Strange are the ways of the Indian media!

  • UPDATE: Hindustan Times fares a bit better than the others. Although it was guilty of the the same bias, it reports on readers complaining of its bias in this report. Funnily, although the headline says "Just shut up, Brinda" - it would be more appropriate if it said "Just shut up, Hindustan Times" but that's asking for too much, perhaps!

    It's quite clear they [readers] are extremely angry with both the MP and HindustanTimes.com.

    Almost all felt Karat was working at the behest of the MNCs who are angry with Ramdevji for advocating against their wares.

    The surfers have accused us of being partisan because they thought we gave a 'misleading' headline.

    In our story 'Ramdev's medicines have animal matter: Ramadoss', they said that the Health Minister stated very clearly that the samples were not collected by a Government department, but were provided by the MP herself. So, how could we presume that they were true, they screamed?

    It's great to see irresponsible and biased reporting being pulled up!

More later.


  • At 5:48 AM, Anonymous Mehta said…

    Great blog Mr.Acharya. Keep up the good work...

  • At 12:04 PM, Blogger cynical nerd said…

    Nice effort. We'll checking your posts often.

    best regards,

  • At 4:22 AM, Blogger Apoplexy said…

    Great blog.I also noted the IBN Gupta's false headline...but this is what they do to earn their bread.Also, the Karat was in SFI..and guess who worked for SFI honcho N Ram before joining IBN...for answers...ask me at my blog...or I guess you know already.

  • At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi !

    That was an interesting post.

    Your blog lead me to think of India, Hinduism and India's image in the world arena.

    Communists, Indian Leftists and their cohorts seem to be attacking and maligning Indians regularly. They want Indian Civilization look like a bride burning civilization

    To counter this, do Indians have organizations that promote India in the International arena, that boost our public image ?

    India, a multicultural society, contributed immensely to Right livelihood (say our Dharma), Knowledge (right from Ship Building, Sashtras to Mathematics, Avaita), and political science (Arthashashtra for e.g.), medicine (ayurveda) over 2 millennium

    However, thanks to the invasions, colonial legacy and partially our own disunity, Indians were stuck with a "..curry and snake charmers image .." for a 100 years. Even now, we seemed to have shaken that thanks to Info Tech and IT pros.

    Be it politics or social issues, Why do Indians whip ourselves in public ? Look at the Ramdev Issue. We don't need Witzels and outsiders to smear us

    Are we turning into a self hating civilization or is our media Left and anti Indian ?

    More at
    What is happening to the Kanchi Acharya ?

    Gudia, a Muslim girl and Ramdev ji, a Hindu male !!





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