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Activist swami dies after 115 days' ordeal

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  1. Hembo

    Hembo OLD MOD STAR MEMBER

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    Activist swami dies after 115 days' ordeal
    Anupam Trivedi & Radhika Nagrath, Hindustan Times
    Dehradun/Haridwar, June 13, 2011

    Swami Nigamanand, whose fast against quarrying in the river Ganga could not generate the same publicity and political pitch that yoga guru Baba Ramdev did, died on Monday after an ordeal of 115 days. The swami, 36, was on a fast from February 19 to April 30, when he was admitted to hospital. Thereafter, forced feeding kept him alive till June 13.

    The administration evicted him from the scene of the agitation on April 27 after his health deteriorated and later he had to be admitted to the Jollygrant Hospital, where Baba Ramdev too was sent after he fell sick.

    Swami Nigamanand's struggle was against illegal mining in the river by stone crushers in Haridwar.

    "Nigamanand has walked through the path of martyrdom. It is difficult to bear the loss. I pledge today to leave my body in a yogic way," said Swami Shivanand, the founder of Matri Sadan, a hermitage of the swamis.

    Earlier, Matri Sadan had lodged a complaint with the police, accusing the administration, Himalayan Stone Crusher (a company) and doctors of the district hospital of Haridwar of attempting to kill Swami Nigamanand by poisoning him.

    However, an Uttarakhand government spokesman has rubbished the allegations. "Baseless remarks are being made against the government," the spokesman said.

    Himalayan Stone Crusher owner Gyanesh Agarwal told HT "Matri Sadan and Nigmanand were against government policies, which we are following."

    Matri Sadan had also moved the Uttarakhand high court against quarrying.
     
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    Varad Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    RIP to the man. very sad news.:(
     
  3. Capt.Popeye

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    RIP, the activist who lived (and died) for the cause that he espoused!
    Yes, there are Babas and there are Babas.
     
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    Sid Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Rest In Peace.
     
  5. GUNS-N- ROSES

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    its pathetic of media to not highlight an issue as serious as this.

    i have always beleived indian media lacks conscience and most journos are like stoogy doll barkha dutt, high on glamour and show sha baazi and low on substance.
     
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    This again highlights the issues related to our mainstream media. Any protest not done in the capital is probably not newsworthy.

    I hope some of his followers continue the protest to see that the issue is properly looked into by the concerned authorities.
     
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    Wonder why there was no government effort to forcefully end his fast. Its really callous to let him die.
     
  8. Sid

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    Televengelists like Baba Ramdev increase TRPs of News channels.

    Who cares about Ganga anyways!!!
     
  9. ek_indian

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    May the victim (of the govt and system) RIP.
     
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    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    The Baba who died had a good cause!! unlike Ramdev who hogs all the lime light
     
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    Sid Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    No, the limelight(Media) hogged him!!
     
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    this is time to salute swami
    proud to have him and our bad luck now we lost him
    bhagvan unki aatma ko shanti de
     
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    RoYaN Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    It goes both ways mate Media loves him,he loves the media!!
     
  15. Capt.Popeye

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    He is a creature of the media. If it had not been for the media, (and I mean before all this fasting business) the coverage of his yoga camps made him what he is. And he was market-savvy to understand that long ago, therefore he bought up the Astha TV channel.
     
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