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Ramdev calls Agneepath protest ‘meaningless’, asks protesters to do yoga MPNRC

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Baba Ramdev (File photo) Source_ PTI

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New Delhi: Terming the opposition to the Agneepath scheme as “meaningless politics”, yoga guru Swami Ramdev on Wednesday alleged that some people are “spreading anarchy” in the country to “remove” Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah from power. Addressing a yoga program in Delhi University, Ramdev said that there should be yoga in politics, but politics should not be in yoga.

“If they (protesters) had done yoga, they would not have resorted to arson. They should also do yoga. It (opposition to Agneepath) is meaningless politics. Basically some people are running an agenda to spread anarchy in the country. They want to spread anarchy to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah from power.

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The Agneepath scheme, announced by the Center on June 14, proposes to recruit soldiers into the armed forces on a short-term contract basis. The scheme envisages retiring 75 per cent of the recruits after four years of service without pension and health benefits, but with a payout package of around ₹11.70 lakh. Following the announcement, violent protests broke out in many parts of the country.

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Ramdev was the chief guest on the second day of Yoga Week organized by Delhi University to commemorate the 8th International Day of Yoga.

Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister of Culture and Parliamentary Affairs was also present with him as a special guest. DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Yogesh Singh presided over the program.

Ramdev said, “There should be yoga in politics also, but politics should not be in yoga.” Explaining yoga, Ramdev said that yoga is self-discipline and self-motivation, and has many dimensions along with self-analysis. He said that being physically and mentally healthy and keeping your mind, thoughts and emotions under control is yoga.

Speaking on the occasion, Meghwal said that Asanas, Pranayama and Dhyana are complete yogas which nourish the main four organs of the body.

“It eliminates negative thoughts and brings excellence. Yoga means to unite the mind, intellect and soul. When this union is complete, then yoga is done according to the Indian system.

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