Posts Tagged ‘Baba Ramdev’

Patanjali Ayurveda acquires US based herbal company

April 11th, 2011

Swami Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd today announced the acquisition of South California (US) based herbal company, Naturomic LLC.

Talking to the reporters at Patanjali Yogpeeth here today, Swami Ramdev said that the taking over of the Naturomic LLC would go a long way in ushering in an era of health and prosperity.

“The US based company will now function as Herboved and will be a subsidiary company of Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd,” the yoga guru said.

Swami Ramdev has already set up Patanjali Pharmacy, phase-I and II and a gigantic Patanjali food Park at Padartha in the district.

“There is vast market in the foreign countries for ayurveda products, which we shall try to tap fully”, said Mr Sharad Mehta CEO of Herboved.


Baba Ramdev donated Rs 11 lakh to BJP ahead of 2009 elections

March 12th, 2011

“Political affiliations? Me? No, no.” Quiz Baba Ramdev on his political links and that is the reply you are most likely to get.

Baba Ramdev will float his own political party this year
But now, a Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed just how hollow Ramdev’s claim of being apolitical is. The information given in the RTI reply indicates the yoga guru’s inclination towards the nation’s principal Opposition party, the BJP.

Haridwar-based Patanjali Ayurveda Limited, an organisation helmed by Ramdev, had donated Rs 11 lakh to the BJP just before the general elections in 2009.

This information was provided by the Election Commission to the organisation Beyond Headlines, that had filed the RTI petition.

According to the commission, Patanjali Ayurveda had donated the amount to the party through a Punjab National Bank cheque (number 859783) dated March 8, 2009.

Afroz Alam Sahil, a Delhi-based RTI activist who obtained these details, said: “Ramdev is donating the money that he gets from his bhakts (followers).”

Officials of the Patanjali Ayurveda Limited rubbished Ramdev’s links with the BJP. “Baba Ramdev has nothing to do with the financial matters of the company. The organisation is being run by various followers of Baba Ramdev. He only looks after the quality and control of the products.

Moreover, the donations have nothing to do with Patanjali Yogpeeth, the main organisation headed by Baba Ramdev,” Patanjali Ayurveda’s managing director Acharaya Balkrishan Maharaj said.

“We have not done anything wrong. Whatever we have donated has been done legally. The decision to donate money to the BJP was taken by the management committee, which doesn’t need permission from Baba Ramdev,” Balkrishan added.

The BJP, too, tried to downplay the donations. “Baba Ramdev’s company has donated the money to us. We get donations from various people organisations as well industrialists. We had informed the income tax department as well the Election Commission about this. We don’t have any problem if anyone comes up with funds to help us,” BJP office incharge Shyam Jaju said.

But he added: “If someone is giving us donations, they must have some sympathy towards us and our ideals.” Ramdev had last year announced plans to float his own political party, Bharat Swabhiman. His party will field candidates in all 543 Lok Sabha seats.

The Divya yoga website lists the five targets that it wants to achieve as ” 100 per cent voting, 100 per cent nationalistic thinking, 100 per cent total boycott of foreign companies and complete support to swadeshi, 100 per cent organisation of patriots and to make a healthy, prosperous and cultured Bharat” by using yoga.

With Ramdev floating a political party, the BJP was believed to have been perturbed that Hindu votes would be split.

” Ramdev says he does not expect much from the BJP and is unlikely to enter into a coalition with the saffron party. Then why has he donated this much to it?” Sahil asked.

-India Today Online

Baba Ramdev’s Bharat Swabhiman Yatra in AP

March 8th, 2011

Baba Ramdev’s Bharat Swabhiman Yatra will enter Andhra Pradesh on the 10th of March. Baba Ramdev has initiated this Yatra with the intention of makin the country healthier, corruption free and financially stable and credible. He has also demanded the need of the Lokpal Bill that is meant to punish the corrupt Government officials.

The promotion of Ayurveda and Yoga is also a part of the Yatra but he is also looking into bringing back money worth 300 lac crore which is known to be amassed in foreign banks. “It is a well-known fact that India ranked topmost in the world in terms of tradition and culture. Health and wealth of the country has now deteriorated with unethical practices, increasing corruption, unhealthy practices and terrorism. From eating fertiliser-loaded food to wasting huge amounts on healthcare we are losing out on our lifestyle. We are aiming to eradicate the sociopolitical problems of our country,” chief state coordinator of the Bharat Swabhiman Yatra G. Sridhar Rao said.

The Yatra will continue till the 20th of the month. It had commenced last year in the month of September in Dwaraka, Gujarat. The Yatra comprises of free yoga camps and health check ups along with public addressing by Baba Ramdev which will be included in the 11 day event in the state.