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A HABITUAL POLITICAL LIAR
Where were you when ...
27.09.17 - SANEHEAD
Where were you when ...



REACTING TO THE media-storm on REPUBLIC TV Partner cum Star Anchor Arnab Goswami's false claim of having faced an attack while covering the Gujarat riots of 2002 on the ground, Kavita Krishnan, the firebrand feminist face of Indian Resistance tweeted as follows :

"Seriously shouldn't trivialize Arnab's whopper as 'little fib'. He's a habitual political liar, but this one is a direct personal lie."

Arnab's lies have been irrefutably exposed by his then immediate boss, Rajdeep Sardesai, with documented audio visual evidence and the statement of a third party witness.

The Oxford educated doyenne of Godi Media being thus thoroughly exposed should not be taken lightly, nor should the Saffron Brigade of Public Prevaricators, from Arnab to Sambit Patra, Amar Sinha, Sudhanshu Trivedi, Sudhanshu Mittal, GVK Rao, Rakesh Sinha, Sheshadri Chari, Swapan Dasgupta, Chandan Mitra et al, be allowed to get way with the blue murder of Truth that they commit daily on social media and national television.

This is a watershed in the purveying of alternative facts in their post truth world that they must be collectively made to recognise and the Verity Standard that they must in future, all be measured by, including their countless clones with even dirtier mouths, flourishing on social media under the malignant patronage of the deplorable head of the BJP's IT Cell, Amit Malviya.
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Typically for Arnab Goswami, the obstreperous bully and congenital liar, he jumped straight to the seventh stage by claiming he was present during the Gujarat Riots of 2002 whereas there is documented audio visual evidence of otherwise. 
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We are told by Touchstone, the Fool in Shakespeare's ' As You Like It ", that in civilised society, no serious quarrel is to be taken up until the seventh cause of a lie has been reached and what are the stages, pray, by which one reaches this tipping point, this Rubicon of quarrelsome causes ?

Well, according to Touchstone, these are:

1 The retort courteous

2 The quip modest

3 The reply churlish

4 The reproof valiant

5 The countercheck quarrelsome

6 The lie circumstantial

7 The lie direct

Typically for Arnab Goswami, the obstreperous bully and congenital liar, he jumped straight to the seventh stage by claiming he was present during the Gujarat Riots of 2002 whereas there is documented audio visual evidence available which had been watched at the time by millions of viewers, that he was launching his habitual rockets of bombast from the secure comfort of a TV studio in distant Delhi.

And not only his then direct boss, Rajdeep Sardesai, but even his then cameraman, who recorded on film the actual attack upon journalist actually covering the riot on the spot, are around, alive, well and articulate, to give him the lie.

This time, the Archbhakt of the Bhaktmandali of Namo- Namahs, cannot count on the shortness of public memory. The undeniable audiovisual evidence of his lie corroborated by witnesses still alive to swear to it, should now put an end, once and for all, to at least one branch of the encyclopaedic Whataboutery of the Bhakt Brigade.

Let no Bhakta ever again begin a retort, reply or repudiation with those knell like words that spell death to any reasonable debate or argument

" Where were you when .....? "

Well Bhakton ke Chacha has unwittingly settled that question and all the logical fallacies it brings in its wake like evil progeny, once and for all.

Every time an Andhbhakt anywhere, on TV, social media, or in real life dares use that phrase again, let all reasonable men and women answer, in one voice, and without fail, with a single, eternally valid counter question.

" Where was Arnab when the 2002 Gujarat Riots took place ? "

That way, you don't even have to ask the real question :

" Where was Bhakton ke Papa when the 2002 Gujarat Riots where taking place ? "

Chachu Arnab is an amply sufficient stand in for debating shorthand.

" Dwisho Jahi "
( Destroy all Hostility )
 

(The author is a retired bureaucrat who values anonymity. The article is exclusive to Punjab Today. We invite progressive minded officers and bureaucrats, serving as well as retired to contribute to the columns of Punjab Today.)


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Abey Tu Bahar Nikal, Chowk Mein Aa  - The 10-yard-radius protest. How do you protest in world so noisy?

Patiala, via Panchkula. Soon Reaching Your City. Hail Democracy! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

PEHLU KHAN CASE - Golden Day in the History of Indian Police: Will govt now compensate The Magnificent Six? The nation needs to know

Mr Home Minister, will you be visiting Farooq Ahmad Dar's house? How else will PM Modi's narrative of embracing Kashmiris & Rajnath SIngh's words mean anything substantive?

The Ryan Debate: How India missed the great cctv angle? Media only wants to debate the need for separate toilets for bus drivers and conductors. The most vulnerable are not covered by cctv, so they are not covered by tv either.

Political economy of extension in age of retirement: Dr Piare Lal Garg dwells upon what is wrong with policy formulation on retirement age.

The Gorakhpur Dead Speak to Punjab: From the infants burnt alive in Patiala to those who died in Gorakhpur, India's health parametres are escaping the media's radar.

WE WILL KILL 40-50: Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet. Haryana BJP's party affairs incharge makes explosive revelations.

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS: The utter absence of any questions about the death of 30 people on the roads of a city reeking of wealth says something stinking about its conscience.

LET'S KILL PAASH: Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu unravels the layers of the latest row about the revolutionary poet’s work and asks why is Paash being summoned from the ashes to answer our allegations?

THE BLOODY VILLAIN OF PARTITION: As Radcliffe drew a line between India and Pakistan, resulting in 600,000 lives lost and 14 million displaced, we revisit the key question: Were the massacres avoidable, preventable?

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace. And agitated farmers are no guarantee of a lasting peace. Not every danger lurks at Doklam.

TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL, SINCE NO ONE ELSE WILL SAY IT: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions to a party that refuses to behave like one. Does it even register the sense of a loss?

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHUThis is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken, fingers on trigger. Right now, it looks like Amarinder has forgotten his gun home. Sidhu is itching to shoot. 

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan and brought back seven bodies besides a trophy signed by Musharraf.

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: The English writing on Punjab has constructed an urbane Punjabi universe. Punjab is more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from the promise of modernity.

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A Sikh Perspective on Today’s India
24.09.17 - sanehead
A Sikh Perspective on Today’s India



A YOUNG SIKH boy is killed in Delhi for opposing smoking in public, which is in any case against the law.

An innocent young Sikh girl is killed in a skirmish between security forces and militants in Tral in Southern Kashmir.
 
A Sikh NGO Khalsa Aid serving food to Rohingya Refugees living in pitiable conditions on the Bangladesh border is brutally trolled by the noxious BJP RSS army of paid trolls in the filthiest language just because most of the refugees are Muslims.

And Sikhs are sending each other Whatsapp messages clearly seeded by the RSS where Sikh Gurus, especially the Saint Soldier Guru Gobind Singh and his martyred father Guru Tegh Bahadur Saheb, are extolled as saviours of Hindu Dharma from ferocious fanatic Muslims.

After all that history has taught us and contemporary India is teaching us, will Sikhs still not understand when they are being made bloody fools out of?

When Hindus and Muslims fight with one another, Sikhs suffer collateral damage.

That is their geographical and historical legacy.
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It is time some sense of pragmatic balance was restored within the community as well as in the perception and treatment of Sikhs by the rest of the country.
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Therefore it is the Sikhs who always try to bring about reconciliation between the two warring factions. Yet they end up being abused and killed during rough times and brutally neglected in peace time by both communities,  and even termed as villains or enemies or traitors by each one of the two larger communities when all they want is peace and justice.

Some Sikhs use this neglect or brutality to shore up a sense of victimhood.

That is pointless.

What is needed is a clear eyed cool headed understanding of this repetitive pattern of repression, this vicious cycle of false praise and cynical abuse, and a dispassionate calling out of both kinds of distortions as and when they occur.
 
Let Sikhs live by the humanitarian ideals and practical wisdom of their faith and insist firmly and peacefully upon their democratic rights as Citizens of India rather than being sentimentalised one minute and victimised the next.

It is time some sense of pragmatic balance was restored within the community as well as in the perception and treatment of Sikhs by the rest of the country.

For in a world tormented by war and violence, blessed are the peacemakers!

मैं क़तरा होकर तूफ़ानों से जंग लड़ता हूँ
मुझे बचाना समंदर की ज़िम्मेदारी है
दुआ करो कि सलामत रहे मेरी हिम्मत
ये एक चराग़ कई आँधियों पे भारी है।

(The author is a retired bureaucrat who values anonymity. The article is exclusive to Punjab Today. We invite progressive minded officers and bureaucrats, serving as well as retired to contribute to the columns of Punjab Today.)


Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

_______________________________________________________________
Most shared Punjab Today articles:

Abey Tu Bahar Nikal, Chowk Mein Aa  - The 10-yard-radius protest. How do you protest in world so noisy?

Patiala, via Panchkula. Soon Reaching Your City. Hail Democracy! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

PEHLU KHAN CASE - Golden Day in the History of Indian Police: Will govt now compensate The Magnificent Six? The nation needs to know

Mr Home Minister, will you be visiting Farooq Ahmad Dar's house? How else will PM Modi's narrative of embracing Kashmiris & Rajnath SIngh's words mean anything substantive?

The Ryan Debate: How India missed the great cctv angle? Media only wants to debate the need for separate toilets for bus drivers and conductors. The most vulnerable are not covered by cctv, so they are not covered by tv either.

Political economy of extension in age of retirement: Dr Piare Lal Garg dwells upon what is wrong with policy formulation on retirement age.

The Gorakhpur Dead Speak to Punjab: From the infants burnt alive in Patiala to those who died in Gorakhpur, India's health parametres are escaping the media's radar.

WE WILL KILL 40-50: Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet. Haryana BJP's party affairs incharge makes explosive revelations.

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS: The utter absence of any questions about the death of 30 people on the roads of a city reeking of wealth says something stinking about its conscience.

LET'S KILL PAASH: Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu unravels the layers of the latest row about the revolutionary poet’s work and asks why is Paash being summoned from the ashes to answer our allegations?

THE BLOODY VILLAIN OF PARTITION: As Radcliffe drew a line between India and Pakistan, resulting in 600,000 lives lost and 14 million displaced, we revisit the key question: Were the massacres avoidable, preventable?

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace. And agitated farmers are no guarantee of a lasting peace. Not every danger lurks at Doklam.

TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL, SINCE NO ONE ELSE WILL SAY IT: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions to a party that refuses to behave like one. Does it even register the sense of a loss?

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHUThis is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken, fingers on trigger. Right now, it looks like Amarinder has forgotten his gun home. Sidhu is itching to shoot. 

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan and brought back seven bodies besides a trophy signed by Musharraf.

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: The English writing on Punjab has constructed an urbane Punjabi universe. Punjab is more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from the promise of modernity.

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sukhpreet, najeeb, gauri lankesh...
Abey Tu Bahar Nikal, Chowk Mein Aa
21.09.17 - AWAGYAKRIT SINGH
Abey Tu Bahar Nikal, Chowk Mein Aa



The 10-yard-radius protest

 PITTRI SATTA, MURDABAD!
 
In the bustling plaza of Sector 17, Chandigarh where the soul of Corbusier still hangs around in the corridors, few discount sales shoppers pay attention to this bunch. It is a motley bunch I have been watching for years now. A few faces now appear less regularly, while a few new ones have become ‘the new regulars’. They call themselves a crowd, but as crowds in the town square go, this one is absolutely manageable. So manageable, that no one manages it. They raise slogans, full-throated. They make speeches, full-throated. Every now and then, you listen to an Inquilab Zindabad. Every few minutes, someone starts her or his speech with ‘Lal Salaam’. At times, a young couple, clearly in love, stops and stares askance, trying to understand what’s happening. A family stays a little away from the 10-yard-radius circle that the protesters form instinctively, and then moves on. 
 
On Wednesday, it happened again. The same faces. Lal Salaam & Inquilab Zindabad. And its new cousin – Bekhauf Azadi. 
 
The cops stayed a long distance away from the 10-yard-radius protest.
 
They were there for Dr Sukhpreet Kaur, a young teacher at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, who went missing about 12 days back, and was believed to have been kidnapped. If you are someone who remains cued into news, you would have understood from the small posters these protesters held aloft that they want the police to bring back Sukhpreet, safe and sound. 
 
It is necessary to understand this crowd, and since it is a small one, it is easier to know them. A professor of philosophy from Panjab University, a senator from the same university, a few Ph.D. scholars, a journalist who is not there to cover the event, a former registrar of a varsity, a senior activist of Swaraj Abhiyan, a bursting with anger young man who keeps complaining in his gruff voice why so many people a few feet away are not finding a few minutes to come and listen to what this angry crowd has to say, some young students fired by a zeal to stand up for the voiceless, a young girl who raises a slogan that either makes you fall in love with 10-yard-radius protests, or forever stay away from them — Pitri Satta Murdabaad!
 
Some new faces are there. Meet Satya Raj Nagpaul, a cinematographer who also happens to have under his belt a National Film Award for Best Cinematography. I had not seen him earlier. A young man called Abhishek. "Sir, I want to work with kids in slums and I need your guidance,” he tells anyone who wants to listen.
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How do you protest in a world that has become so noisy? How do you protest in a society that makes its peace with police firing into the crowds to maintain peace? How do you protest in times when the judiciary starts seeing Section 144 as a sacrosanct letter of the law that must not be breached? How do you question patriarchy when it is the language spoken at home, and at office? 
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In a differently constructed society, this is the bunch with which you would have proudly taken a selfie and flaunted it all around. "Look Mom, me with the big heads.” In the real world, of course, you can see people all around, either paying no heed, or clicking selfies. Of course, not with the 10-yard-radius protest in the background.
 
They last came here for Gauri Lankesh. Before that, for a March for Science. Before that… You can bet it is always a worthy cause. A Najeeb of JNU who remains missing. A Sukhpreet of GNDU they want back. A Varnika Kundu of Panchkula they want to remain safe, drive home listening to her favourite music, preferably without being stalked. A slum of Chandigarh facing demolition without any plans to rehabilitate people.

And you can bet good money that it was always a 10-yard-radius. I made friends with Dr Pyare Lal Garg, a paediatric surgeon, and Rajwinder Bains, a leading lawyer, at these protests. Sometimes, if he checks his whatsapp messages, academician-turned-politician Prof Manjit Singh is also here. Sometimes, he is the one who convenes the 10-yard-radius event. Dr Jagdish Chander, professor and head, Microbiology, at Govt Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh is a regular. So is Kanwaljit, a CPI (ML) activist. Harpreet Kaur, an active member of Students For Society. At times, I have spotted Prof Kuldip Puri of Panjab University. Once I recall seeing Prof Meera Nanda, and buying a spare copy of The God Market to gift a friend.

I have seen people growing old, attending these protests. And I have seen some people who do not seem a day older than they looked many years ago. I met them first here. I used to be young in those days. I met them here last yesterday, and at least three people called me ‘uncle’.
 
I haven’t moved too far away from the 10-yard circle; I haven’t moved too much into it. 
 
In almost 20 years, the 10-yard circle hasn’t moved any closer to the crowds around it.
 
But at times it wonders – and worries – why apparently respectable people in the town square do not listen to them? It also worries about how to amplify its voice so that someone in the administration listens. It debates about the steps it must take to ensure that the cops act in the case of someone who has been kidnapped.
 
"Should we print some leaflets and give these around? Should we bring more posters? Can we have a bigger banner? Should we get a megaphone?”
 
Clearly, they do not have a PR machinery. All they know is how to send a whatsapp message.
 
"Saathiyo…!!!”
 
That has not been working very well. The local media does not turn up. A leading local newspaper has been putting out a distorted version of events. The issue comes up before the protestors — who hardly look like protestors. University professors, research scholars, an IISER fellow, a lawyer, okay, two lawyers, and a lot of inspiration do not look like protestors.

But they come up with an idea.
 
"Let’s go and meet the editor.”
 
And then tell him the truth.
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Bravery has many forms, but trying to get a serious dialogue going in the chowk used to seem ridiculous. You do something really, really ridiculous, like shouting Pittri Satta Murdabad. That's the only way to ensure that somethings remain Murdabad, others Zindabad, and one day, we have an Inquilab. Hra Salaam. (Mujhe pata hai tum ko red achha nahi lagta. Apni marzi ka colour use karo.)
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On Thursday, they were at the offices of The Tribune. Meeting editor Harish Khare, senior editorial hand Sandeep Dikshit and someone from the bureau who lectured university professors & doctoral students about various aspects of reporting. "Consent ka bhee mamla hai.” He was addressing people who have been shouting hoarse about khap panchayats and honour killings for years now.
 
Come Friday, they will be back in the town square, or on Saturday, or on Sunday. Perhaps they may try a new tactic — walk through the crowds, double file, in front of the shops offering season discounts, shouting Hum Kya Chahte – Azadi. Bekhauf Azadi!!! 

They did that on Wednesday. Then the downtown heard a loud Down Down. I wasn’t paying attention. "Patriarchy Down Down!” went up a crazed voice, cracking with rage. "Downdown, Downdown.” That answer imbued me with more hope. Of being more ridiculous.
 
"Aap ka whatsapp chalta hai na?” An affirmative response was so reassuring. It means this guy will receive the message and will come. It is important to keep the 10-yard-radius protest going.
 
Otherwise where else will I hear this soul-rousing heart-scorching wail of a slogan – PITTRI SATTA, MURDABAD!
 
The day I find out that it was the last such 10-yard-radius protest, will be the day I would no more want to live in this city. To keep that spirit alive, I am ready to do anything. Anything. ANYTHING. ANYTHING.
 
Still don’t believe me? After I finished reading "If Men Could Menstruate” once again after years, I went to the rooftop of my house late in the night yesterday and shouted a full-throated ‘Gloria Steinem Zindabad.’
 
It did not seem ridiculous. 
 
I know it was, but it did not seem.
 
Just as the idea of dreaming of a better, humane world is ridiculous, but it does not seem so after you shout a few slogans in that 10-yard-radius. Next time you are around, do come.
 
Bring a poster, some anger, a clenched fist.
 
Whatsapp use karte hain aap?
 
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Most shared Punjab Today articles:

Patiala, via Panchkula. Soon Reaching Your City. Hail Democracy! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

PEHLU KHAN CASE - Golden Day in the History of Indian Police: Will govt now compensate The Magnificent Six? The nation needs to know

Mr Home Minister, will you be visiting Farooq Ahmad Dar's house? How else will PM Modi's narrative of embracing Kashmiris & Rajnath SIngh's words mean anything substantive?

The Ryan Debate: How India missed the great cctv angle? Media only wants to debate the need for separate toilets for bus drivers and conductors. The most vulnerable are not covered by cctv, so they are not covered by tv either.

Political economy of extension in age of retirement: Dr Piare Lal Garg dwells upon what is wrong with policy formulation on retirement age.

The Gorakhpur Dead Speak to Punjab: From the infants burnt alive in Patiala to those who died in Gorakhpur, India's health parametres are escaping the media's radar.

WE WILL KILL 40-50: Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet. Haryana BJP's party affairs incharge makes explosive revelations.

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS: The utter absence of any questions about the death of 30 people on the roads of a city reeking of wealth says something stinking about its conscience.

LET'S KILL PAASH: Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu unravels the layers of the latest row about the revolutionary poet’s work and asks why is Paash being summoned from the ashes to answer our allegations?

THE BLOODY VILLAIN OF PARTITION: As Radcliffe drew a line between India and Pakistan, resulting in 600,000 lives lost and 14 million displaced, we revisit the key question: Were the massacres avoidable, preventable?

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace. And agitated farmers are no guarantee of a lasting peace. Not every danger lurks at Doklam.

TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL, SINCE NO ONE ELSE WILL SAY IT: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions to a party that refuses to behave like one. Does it even register the sense of a loss?

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHUThis is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken, fingers on trigger. Right now, it looks like Amarinder has forgotten his gun home. Sidhu is itching to shoot. 

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan and brought back seven bodies besides a trophy signed by Musharraf.

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: The English writing on Punjab has constructed an urbane Punjabi universe. Punjab is more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from the promise of modernity.

_______________________________________________________________

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Mr Ram Kishen Yadav alias Baba Ramdev ji
Another 'Baba-Bomb' about to explode?
06.09.17 - sanehead
Another 'Baba-Bomb' about to explode?



Godman to Tycoon (The untold story of Baba Ramdev) is a book by Priyanka Pathak-Narayan.

This book is about The Baba as Property Grabber with a propensity for making his Benefactors disappear - Or perhaps the protege whose benefactors have a tendency to die or disappear mysteriously. 

And whose proximity to the buxom- looking Nepalese with the false passport Acharya Balkrishna can give you many ideas.

Guru Shankar Dev of Kripalubagh Ashram at Kankhal in Haridwar disappears from Haridwar in 2007 after having handed over Ashram to Ramdev, Balkrishna and Karamveer in 1995 itself in return for getting it freed from difficult renters.

Ramdev is in Chicago and has no time to come back and try to find him.

Close friend/Partner Karamveer, to whom Guru Shankardev had originally wanted to hand over the Kripalubagh Ashram and his own legacy, mysteriously disappears from Haridwar in 2005.
 
Benefactor/Partner Astha Channel Chief Kirit Mehta is intimidated into handing over the Channel to the Baba.
 
Sanskar Channel Chief Kabra is also forced to hand over majority shares to the Baba.

Vaidya Yoganand, original licence holder of the Divya Pharmacy part of the Patanjali Ashram, is mysteriously murdered.

Rajiv Dixit who introduces Ramdev into Swadeshi Jagran and BJP politics in 2008 and with whom he founded the Bharat Swabhiman Andolan is found mysteriously dead on his 42nd Birthday in an Arya Samaj guest house in Bemetara in Chattisgarh in 2010; his body is brought to Haridwar and got cremated without allowing a post-mortem by Ramdev.

And now Priyanka Pathak- Narayan who researched and wrote this biography of Ram Kishen Yadav alias Kaaniaa alias Baba Ramdev and her publisher are sued by Ramdev and the book is not allowed to be released distributed or sold to the public.

How very interesting!

But then there are so many other stories circulating of the Yadav Baba's proximity to Mulayam Singh Yadav and Subroto Roy Sahara and the laundering of their ill gotten wealth, from the heyday of the Samajwadi Party's honeymoon with the Amar Singh-Jayaprada, Amitabh Bacchan-Jaya Bhaduri and Anil -Tina Ambani couple -trios- who will tell those stories ?

You've certainly come a long way from being the good- for- nothing hayseed of village Said Alipur in Haryana, haven't you, Mr Ram Kishen Yadav alias Baba Ramdev ji?
 

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RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS: The utter absence of any questions about the death of 30 people on the roads of a city reeking of wealth says something stinking about its conscience.

LET'S KILL PAASH: Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu unravels the layers of the latest row about the revolutionary poet’s work and asks why is Paash being summoned from the ashes to answer our allegations?

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A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace. And agitated farmers are no guarantee of a lasting peace. Not every danger lurks at Doklam. 
TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL, SINCE NO ONE ELSE WILL SAY IT: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions to a party that refuses to behave like one. Does it even register the sense of a loss?

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU: This is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken, fingers on trigger. Right now, it looks like Amarinder has forgotten his gun home. Sidhu is itching to shoot. 

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan and brought back seven bodies besides a trophy signed by Musharraf.

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: The English writing on Punjab has constructed an urbane Punjabi universe. Punjab is more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from the promise of modernity.
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