Saturday, June 4, 2011

Demands of Baba Ramdev

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who has threatened to field candidates in every Lok Sabha constituency in 2014, has stopped the Union government in its tracks with a set of demands, ranging from the serious to the bizarre. 

The demands of the jet-setting Baba — whose acolytes recently bought him a little Scottish island to open an ashram — include:
  • Tough Lokpal Bill, with a provision for death sentence for the corrupt, especially corrupt officials 
  • Immediate return of all black money stashed away in tax havens abroad to the country 
  • Declaring all wealth in foreign countries being held illegally by Indians as national property and charging those with such accounts under the sedition laws 
  • Abolishing Rs.1,000 and Rs.500 currency notes 
  • Disabling the operations of any bank which belongs to a country that is a tax haven 
  • Replacing the British-inherited system of governance, administration, taxation, education, law and order with a swadeshi alternative 
  • Reforming the electoral system to ensure that the Prime Minister is directly elected by people 
  • Ensuring that all citizens declare annually their incomes 
  • Bringing income-tax details under the Right to Information Act 
  • Increasing substantially the Minimum Support Price of grains 
  • Making wages of different categories of labourers uniform across the country 
  • Revoking the Land Acquisition Act, as farmers should not be deprived of their land for industry 
  • Promoting Hindi at the expense of English.

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