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Rampal’s money power and political connections

It has been reported that controversial godman Rampal was bathing in milk and “payasam” was supposed to be made for distributing it to devotees. After the arrest of Rampal, none of the devotees has said that their guru will become sick if he is not given a milk bath in jail. These are the same devotees who were posing as staunch followers of the godman on television prior to his arrest. Devotees have started saying now that they have been forcibly held. Was the government unaware about the anti-social activities of Rampal? It is the local administrators and politicians who are equally guilty.

The Court must ask Rampal about the names of politicians who approached him for support before the elections and ask the government to conduct investigation against them. Nehru talked about socialistic pattern of the society after being influenced by the systems in the erstwhile USSR. It was the duty of others under him to concretize the idea which inherently entailed the disparity between the rich and the poor. It also involved development of the citizens, physically, providing education to them and enhancing their skills. This should be the agenda and not the one being propagated by Jitan Ram Manjhi who aspires to become the Prime Minister of India just like he became Chief Minister of Bihar.

Senior JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav must see to it that such persons don’t occupy the chair of CM, otherwise they will lose the next assembly elections. Manjhi had appointed his son-in-law Devendra Kumar as his Personal Assistant (PA). This move evoked sharp criticism following which Kumar resigned from the post. Thus his dynastic ambitions run contrary to his party policies. Manjhi had said that he would prohibit the entry of seven union ministers into the state if they failed to bring the required assistance for the state. He referred to them as “seven bhaiyas.” The seven Union ministers from Bihar are Radha Mohan Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ram Vilas Paswan (cabinet ministers), Rajiv Pratap Rudy (minister of state, independent charge), Upendra Kushwaha, Ram Kripal Yadav and Giriraj Singh (ministers of state).

The policies of the present government seem to allow opportunities for some industrialists and concern for common good seems to be getting diluted. Extreme right wing approach in economy and in religious propagation seems to be emerging. We want Sanskrit and not German language. I studied Sanskrit along with Hindi upto 12th standard but during my entire career I never needed the former language (except for private reading). On the other hand, the awareness about German language was felt for understanding their equipments and technical systems. You don’t gain expertise in Sanskrit merely by taking oath in that language. Why are you spoiling the chances of our youth by such nonsensical dictates?

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