| "Symbol of Hindutva" Swami Ramdev given VIP status in UK Gurughar |
By SSNews, BBC, deccanherald
Aug 2, 2006, 20:40
Swami Ramdev earned popularity in India and the West by claiming to cure diseases through ‘pranayam’ but was criticised for the alleged use of powder made of human skulls and animal parts in his ayurvedic medicines.
Over 100 ex-volunteers from Divya Yoga Pharmacy went on strike alleging Swami Ramdev was putting powder of human skulls and animal organs in "medicines" and giving them to the less fortunate who are desperate for medical help.
Swami Ramdev is alleged to be a major supporter of the RSS, which Panthic groups describe as Anti-Sikh. They state their aim is to distort Sikh principles, history and rehat with the aim of bringing Sikhi under the umbrella of Hinduism. He is often seen with influential members of the RSS and makes speeches in support. He attends RSS rallies as a dignitary and is shown above with K.S. Sudarshan, the leader of the RSS, at a recent RSS convention. The BJP, the political wing of the RSS describe Swami Ramdev on their website as the "living symbol of Hindutva" (which Panthic groups describe as an Anti-Sikh socio-political-religious philosophy). The BJP state "Swamiji has dedicated his life to promoting good health and spreading the essence of Hindutva"
On his trip to the UK, he visited cultural centers, and religious places and was invited by Gurudwaras. Gurudwaras are by nature welcomming and open to all and ignore Caste, Colour, Creed or any other denomination. However, many UK Gurughar invited him and bestowed VIP status to him over and above that of sangat thus causing disrespect to this principle Sikh tenet.
On Wednesday 26th July Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha welcomed Swami Ramdev at their Birmingham Gurdwara and Nishkam Educational and Cultural Centre (NECC). GNNSJ were advised by members of local sangat that it would not be a good idea inviting a major supporter of the RSS to address congregation at the centre as it is the duty of each and every Sikh to endeavour to spread Gurmat. However, SSNews has often written highly positively about the excellent sewa of GNNSJ in both the UK and abroad and hope such endeavours will continue as a primary focus.
Gurdwara Karamsar (Ilford, UK) also received Swami Ramdev giving him a VIP reception. Outside the Diwan Hall sangat pictured people bowing their heads to the local Baba Partap Singh who received Swami Ramdev. Ramdev was then ushered into the Darbar of Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Maharaj and seated on the stage. The committee actively encouraged the disrespect to Guru Maharaj of having the RSS supporter speak over the Gurbani of the Akhand Path that was being conducted. Sri Guru Granth Sahib was being recited without the microphone on and the voice of the "living symbol of Hindutva" was being played on the loudspeakers to the congregation.
The Gurughar invited the major RSS supporter at a time when the Hukamnama of the Akal Takht to boycott the RSS community was in effect. Sangat allege at certain Gurughar clearly the status of parbandhak committees, Babae and even RSS-supporters is taking precedence over Guru Maharaj and Gurmat. In truth, Sikh Principles, Rehat and Respect for Guru Maharaj should be ensured at all costs.