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Why are TTD institutions ignoring Yoga?


The TTD’s failure to hold a Yoga event on International Yoga Day has come in for severe criticism from Yoga lovers and various yoga associations. Even the Central government reportedly made enquiries as to why no Yoga event was organized this time. None of the educational institutions belonging to the TTD have held Yoga Day celebrations. Despite Corona, most organisations have held online or token programmes this year. But, in case of TTD, even online programmes were not organised this time.

Interestingly, Yoga day was a mega affair in the TTD till two years ago. Blame it on Corona or the change of guard at the TTD, there were no celebrations this year. There are allegations that ever since YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government took over reins of power, the importance of this function has considerably come down. This is significant in view of the widespread allegations of missionary propaganda on the holy Tirumala. There are allegations that the TTD is going slow on the non-Hindu employees working in the TTD.

Earlier, TTD had a Yoga school that conducted diploma and certificate courses. The old materity hall was used for teaching yoga. Later, the yoga institute was brought under the purview of the TTD ayurvedic college. The yoga classes since then were conducted in the cellar of the college. Till 2019, international yoga day was a big affair with TTD and the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidya Peeth sponsoring the event.

There are allegations that the yoga courses are not being offered anymore. Interestingly, the covid centres run by the TTD have yoga for the positive patients. But, they too did not bother about holding the International Yoga Day.

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Baba Ramdev to take Yoga class to AP legislators


TDP supremo and chief minister Chandrababu Naidu wants all his MLAs and other party leaders to be sound both physically and spiritually so that they could manage the affairs of the party and constituencies well. In the two-day party session held at Tiruapati last week, Naidu laid stress on this aspect and offered some tips to make them fit for mission 2019. Chief minister, a great believer in the spiritual power, had also organized a crash course for the bureaucrats and people’s representatives for three days in ‘inner engineering’ in January this year. Guru Jaggi Vasudev, along with 100 of his volunteers, taught yoga prakriyas and asanas to the CM, ministers, IAS, IPS and IFS officers and mayors etc. This was a first of its kind for any government in India. For three days the government was almost shut.

Now it is the turn of Baba Ramdev. The Yoga guru, who of late developed unusual proximity with the chief minister, is said to have agreed to give a crash one-day program on Yoga techniques for AP MLAs and MLCs tentatively on December 20. Ramdev was the country’s largest individual buyer of red sanders from Andhra Pradesh. Later during Godavari Pushkaralu, Ramadev was Naidu’s chief guest at Rajamahendravaramu. He is planning to develop a Yoga Village on the lines of university and health resort near Tirupati. He sought some land and the state agreed. According to sources, the program is scheduled for a day during the winter session of Assembly expected to commence from December17. It is going to be brief five-day session, according to sources.

Even though, Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao had earlier wanted to hold the winter session at Tullur in Amaravati capital region, his efforts did not take off because of lack of time. So, the session is being held in the Assembly of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad. During the session, Baba Ramdev is expected to spend a day with legislators from the state in a resort in the outskirts of Hyderabad. Sources said details are being worked out.

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BJP’s Ram Madhav Caught on Wrong-foot on Yoga Day : Govt Apologizes


[dropcap]R[/dropcap]am Madhav, the voice of RSS in BJP and the only Telugu RSS leader to achieve national recognition, was caught on wrong foot on the Yoga Day- not because he faltered in performing Yoga at historic Jan Path in Delhi on last Sunday.

He chose to criticize an important and respected dignitary of the country on the day for not showing up at Jan Path.

But he chose wrong targets, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Rajya Sabha TV he controls. The reason is obvious.

Having not found the Vice President around on Yoga Day, he tweeted “Two questions. Did RS TV dat runs on Taxpayers money completely blackout Yoga Day event? While President participated d VP gave a miss?” It immediately drew criticism from all quarters. Ram Madhav, now BJP general secretary, did not make sure if the Yoga Day was being observed as government event or a voluntary program.

It was a voluntary program. And also the Vice President had not been invited. Ansari’s office clarified later.

Even on Rajya Sabha TV coverage also he committed faux pas. The event was not ignored by RSTV. The Social media responded with YouTube links of the RS TV coverage of Yoga Day.

Scenting the strong reaction, Ram Madhav immediately removed his tweets. However, the government had to apologize to the Vice President. Union minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Naik tendered his apologies when media sought his reaction to the tweets of Ram Madhav.

“Unknowingly, something happens, we apologize for that. It should have been avoided. It’s a mistake. He (Ram Madhav) agrees. He apologized. He withdrew his statement,” Naik said.

On not inviting the Vice President, the minister cited protocol and said the vice president can’t be invited to an event where the Prime Minister is chief guest.

“That is protocol. That’s why we did not send invite to the Vice President. President and Vice President are above the Prime Minister as per order of precedence and we cannot invite them accordingly.” The minister said.

Interestingly, the growth of Ram Madhav in RSS is phenomenal. Madhav is born into a Konaseem Brahmin family in 1964. He studied polytechnic. Later earned his masters from Mysore University. A voracious leader and astute analytical skill, Ram Madhav attracted the RSS bosses’ attention through his flawless articulation. Before moving to Delhi as spokesperson of RSS, he was associate editor of RSS Telugu magazine Jagruthi, published from Hyderabad. As a spokesperson during NDA days in late 1990s he was a success. Equally fluent in English and Hindi as in Telugu, Ram Madhav is most accessible leader for media. After advent of Modi era in 2014, RSS deputed him to BJP where he was appointed general secretary. He played crucial role in the bringing together BJP and PDP to form a first BJP government in J &K. Recently he authored a book “Uneasy Neighbors: India and China after Fifty Years of the War”.

Party sources say Madhav has designed a strategy for Andhra Pradesh as well. His plan is to attract leaders from all communities to strengthen the BJP as a force in Andhra Pradesh. His friends say he is for charting an independent course instead of sailing with TDP as a minor ally. BJP leaders are clueless about when he would put his agenda to practice.




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