‘Beheading’ Remark was Merely a Response to Owaisi: Ramdev

Ramdev said insulting religions like Islam or Christianity would be as “idiotic” as Owaisi’s remark.

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Yoga Guru, Baba Ramdev. (Photo: PTI)

Yoga guru Ramdev appeared to be backtracking from his controversial remark on “beheading” people who refuse to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, on Tuesday, saying that he was merely responding to AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s statement.

Owaisi had said that he won’t raise the slogan even if a knife was put to his throat.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Ramdev said insulting religions like Islam or Christianity would be as “idiotic” as Owaisi’s remark.

I believe in non-violence, co-existence and oneness. I take pride in my religion but that does not give me the licence to insult other faiths. That would be as idiotic as Owaisi. At the drop of a hat, he said behead me but I won’t say ‘Bharat mata ki jai’. So I responded in rustic language that I would have done so but I believe in the Constitution. No one needs to be scared of me...’Woh toh baat ki baat thi’. If someone wants to say ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ then let him, what’s the point in protesting against it.
Baba Ramdev, Yoga Guru

The yoga guru said JNU and NIT Srinagar incidents are “offshoots” of a crisis of ideology, principles and policy in the country.

Watch this video to hear what Asaduddin Owaisi had said, triggering a controversy, and the events that unfolded soon after:

(With inputs from PTI.)

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