INDIAN AMERICAN INTELLECTUALS FORUM (IAIF) FULLY SUPPORTS BABA RAMDEV’S CAMPAIGN
INDIAN AMERICAN INTELLECTUALS FORUM (IAIF) FULLY SUPPORTS BABA RAMDEV’S CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION
Narain Kataria in New York
We are very happy to know that Baba Ramdev is organizing and mobilizing one hundred million people all over India. His aim is to end the menace of corruption in India, punish the guilty and restore dignity to Bharat. He wants to compel Government of India to enact laws to declare 400 lakh crores ($9.04 trillion) stashed in foreign banks to be declared as national wealth.
He believes that if all the money is brought back to India, each district in India will get Rs. 60,000 crores ($13.6 billion) and each village will get Rs. 100 crores ($22.6 million). As a result, 84 crore (840 million) people living in poverty will get quality education and reasonably good living standard. Even though it is said that India is poor, but Indians are rich!
Baba Ramdev, like Hindu Rishis of yore, is striving to revive the Hindu values of self-respect, truthfulness, sacrifice, pride, character, honesty, sincerity of purpose, patriotism, fight against injustice and chivalry –the hallmark of Hindu Dharma Dharma – which have been relegated to the background and forgotten.
To achieve his aim, Baba Ramdev has chosen the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap Singh (June 4, 2011), the great Hindu warrior king who made unprecedented sacrifices to uphold the dignity and pride of the Hindu Nation. On this sacred day, Baba Ramdev plans to bring one hundred thousand people to New Delhi. These 100,000 volunteers will go on fast to pressurize Government of India to bring back all the monies in foreign banks/countries and punish the guilty. Simultaneously, rallies will be organized in all the Indian states. There is no doubt that this is a prolonged battle.
Corruption is India’s bane and threatens to derail its rapidly growing economy and indirectly gives boost to terrorism. The country ranks a dismal 84th in a list of 180 countries, according to Transparency International’s 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index, a measure of domestic and public sector corruption.
The plunder of India by Gandhi Dynasty led by UPA Chairman Sonia Gandhi and her cronies has been going on unabashedly for the last 63 years. We have paid a very heavy price for our indifference, lethargy and lassitude. We have to come out of that stupor, be proactive and join hands with Baba Ramdev to restore dignity to India.
Baba Ramdev desires to put Bharat Mata on the pedestal of glory and make Bharat the Jagat Guru (world guru) again. If Baba Ramdev succeeds in his mission, India will emerge as a very powerful and perhaps the richest country in the world.
In this connection, we laud the efforts of Dr. Subramanian Swamy, President of Janata Party and former Law Minister, Government of India who has submitted a petition (220 pages) to the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh and sought his sanction to prosecute Sonia Gandhi, “the source of corruption”, under the Prevention of Corruption Act.