Belagavi: Social media is on the burning today following the post of yoga guru Baba Ramdev after the post on Twitter, insulting a social reformer Periyar. Six hashtags have been trending on Twitter since afternoon on the issue- four against Ramdev and Patanjali and two in favour of yoga guru.
Lakhs of people reacted to the hashtags- #ArrestRamdev, #Ramdev Chor Hai, #ShutdownPatanjali and #Ramdev_Insults_Periyar against Ramdev and #WeSupportPatanjaliProducts and Salute_बाबा_रामदेव supporting him.
The Twitter account in the name of Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar posted the objectionable contents. The post states that ‘lower standard people like Periyar damaged to the unity of the country. Our stalwarts are being maligned through an intellectual conspiracy, in which there is a hand of vidharmi (wrongdoers) and indigenous inhabitants’.
This before, on Monday, in an interview to an English news channel, Ramdev had called that followers of anti-caste leaders B R Ambedkar and Periyar E V Ramaswami are indulging in vaicharik aatankwaad (intellectual terrorism), a term he claimed to have coined himself.
Periyas was an Indian social activist, and politician who started the Self-Respect Movement and Dravidar Kazhagam. He is known as the ‘Father of the Dravidian Movement’. The co-founder of Patanjali Ayurved has been fallen in trouble by courting the controversy.