Baba Ramdev

In a controversial remark, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has said that if it wasn’t for the law of the land, he would “behead” those who refuse to chant “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

“Kehte hain Bharat Mata ki jai bolna hamare dharm ke khilaaf hai….aur agar koi mazhab yeh kehta ho ki apni matrabhoomi ko gaurav mat do, woh mazhab bhi desh ke hit mein nahi ( If any religion prohibits chanting of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, it is against national interest),” Ramdev said.

Ramdev’s outburst came against the backdrop of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s recent remarks that he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat.

“Koi aadmi topi pehan kar ke khada ho jaata hai, bolta Bharat Mata Ki Jai nahi bolunga, chahe meri gardan kaat do. Arrey is desh mein kanoon hai, nahi toh teri ek ki kya, hum toh lakhon ki gardan kaat sakte hain (Some person wearing a cap stands up and says that he will not say Bharat Mata Ki Jai even if you decapitate him. Look, there is rule of law in this country, otherwise let alone one, we can behead lakhs,” Ramdev said in a attack on Owaisi but he did not name anyone.

He also said that there is a rule of law and he respects the Constitution of this country.

Hum is desh ke kanoon aur samvidhan ka samman karte hain, nahi toh koi Bharat Mata ka apmaan kare, ek nahi, hum hazaron, lakhon ke sheesh kalam karne ka samarth rakhte hain (We respect this country’s law and the Constitution, otherwise if anybody disrespects Bharat Mata, we have the capability of beheading not one but thousands and lakhs,” he said.

Chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is an affirmation of citizens’ faith in their country, their motherland and if a religion preached otherwise, it was against national interest, he said.

“If any religion prohibits chanting of Bharat Mata Ki Jai it is against national interest,” Ramdev said addressing a ‘Sadbhavna Sammelan’.

The event was organised under the aegis of ‘Samajik Samrasta Manch’ in Rohtak, which had been the epicentre of the recent incidents of violence during the Jat stir for caste-based quota. The speakers at the ‘Sadbhavana Sammelan’ included the Himachal Pradesh Governor, Acharya Dev Vrat, Jain Muni Tarun Sagar, chess player Anuradha Beniwal, Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda, sportsperson Yogeshwar Dutt, Haryana’s child prodigy Kautilya Pandit, among others.

Congress’ Sanjay Jha tweeted in response to Ramdev’s comment:

And then started the tweets with hashtag ‘TalibaniRamdev’;