Dalits hold demonstration against Baba Ramdev
Dalits held demonstration against Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev in Naranpura area of the city, where he was holding a yoga camp this evening.
A group of Dalits, wearing black strips, reached Naranpura overbridge area near the site of Ramdev's yoga camp and held demonstration.
They shouted slogans against the Yoga Guru, Baba flaying him for making derogatory remarks against the Dalits. They also tore offhis posters.
Later, police detained some of the protesters and took them away from the site.
Meanwhile, talking to mediapersons before the beginning of his yoga camp here, Ramdev reiterated his apology tendered earlier and said that the meaning of word 'honeymoon' was wrongly interpreted.
He said the word honeymoon was used in the political context.
"There was no intention of hurting the sentiments of Dalits, Still, if it had hurt the sentiments, then I apologise for the same." he said.
Ramdev was cornered for his controversial comment on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi that he goes to houses of Dalits for honeymoon and picnic. The comment evoked sharp reactions from Dalits and others. The Yoga Guru promptly offered his apology, but the controversy has not died down. Ramdev is on a two-day visit of Gujarat, where he is holding two yoga camps in Ahmedabad and Vadodara. Gujarat High Court gave a conditional permission to his camps after Vadodara police cancelled its permission.
(Posted on 28-04-2014)