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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has launched a private security firm “Parakram Suraksha Private Ltd’. The aim of the company ensuring security and developing military instinct. According to Acharya Balakrishna, CEO of Ramdev’s Patanjali, “Security is a very important issue either for a man or a woman. Our aim is to prepare individuals for self and country’s security and for this we have formed Parakram. This will help develop military instinct in each and every citizen of the country so as to awaken the spirit and determination for individual and national security. Ramdev has hired retired Army and police personnel to train young interested recruits and plan to make a mark in security”.

In a democratic country there is nothing wrong with starting a legitimate business. A security firm is a perfectly legitimate business. Baba Ramdev is not just a Yoga guru with millions of followers including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the president of the ruling party, BJP’s Amit Shah but also a shrewd businessman.  He has been seen performing his yoga tricks on several government functions including the Yoga Day.

Baba Ramdev’s “Patanjali Ayurved Ltd” which started its operations in 2008-09 was a marginal player until Narendra Modi came to power. Since then his business has boomed. In 2016-17 it doubled its revenue from Rs 5000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore and has become the fastest growing FMCG company in India.  There are many who see the political patronage of the current political dispensation as the reason behind the phenomenal rise of the Patanjali empire.

So why should one be cynical about a well established businessman starting another lucrative business?

In April 2016, during a conference for harmony of the Rashtrya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Rohtak (Haryana). The media quoted Baba Ramdev as saying that he would have “beheaded” those who refuse to chant “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” were it not for the law of the land. Baba Ramdev said, “We respect this country’s law and Constitution, otherwise if anybody disrespects Bharat Mata, we have the capability of beheading not one but thousands and lakhs.”. This statement was directed at the Muslim community. This should send a chill down the spine of every peace loving citizen of the world.

When a person who has publicly stated that he is ready to behead hundreds of thousands of Muslims just for not ‘chanting’ patriotic slogans starts a private security company with an aim to “develop military instinct in each and every citizen of the country so as to awaken the spirit and determination for individual and national security” we should be worried.

Private security is a fast growing business in India. It’s the sought after business for the unskilled laborers and the former farmers who migrate to the cities and towns. They are in their millions in India. They can be spotted every nook and corner of India. If Baba Ramdev is going to instill ‘military instinct’  in them we should be worried.  At a time when every ‘other’ in India is termed an ‘anti-national’ by the Sangh Parivar, Baba Ramdev instilling the spirit of ‘national security’ in his ‘private army’ is worrying.  What is the purpose of hiring “retired Army and police personnel to train young interested recruits’’ if not for raising a para-military private army?

There is also a parallel in America. The Blackwater security company founded by former Navy SEAL officer Erik Prince contracts most of the non-field operations of the American military. Blackwater was later renamed as a Xe Services and now simply Academi. It has contracts with American military worth billions of dollars. Will this be the first step towards privatisation of the Indian army?

Given the business acumen of Baba Ramdev and the patronage he gets from the ruling dispensation and the Sangh Parivar, it would not be surprising, if he puts most of the currently operating security agencies out of business.  Would you like to see nationalistic, ‘patriotic’, militarily trained Parakram Surakshak’s guarding your businesses and housing complexes? I would be worried.

To conclude, let me put a speculative question. How would these trained Parakram Surakshak’s behave in a communal riot, which is not infrequent in India?

Binu Mathew is the Editor of www.countercurrents.org. He can be reached at editor@countercurrents.org

9 Comments

  1. Dear Binu,it’s laughably obvious that its an extortion racket.It simply means that one has to pay Ramdev’s security agency in order to protect your business or locality or residence from the very same lumpens!

  2. Dear Binu,

    I seems from the article how biased you are. Intact it is great that internal security forces with have an assistance new body (even if private). Secondly, if trained personnel remain in society, they will always be better than insensitive crowd who witness crime and shoot it with their phone instead rescuing victims.

    People so called liberals and secular are catalysts in spread of anti nationalism in the country.

    Regards.

    • There is a dictionary word for people who are always looking for opportunities to bang liberalism and secularism: Dictatorial. These people will always berate liberal and secular values in all discourses – no matter even if it is unconnected.

  3. Dr. P.S. Sahni says:

    Baba Ramdev’s foray into private security brings to mind an earlier yoga guru, Dhirendra Brahmachari who was the yoga mentor of the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. The state owned television network, Doordarshan promoted his yoga demonstration through weekly broadcasts. This yoga guru was part-owner of an arms manufacturing business – Shiva Gun Factory – in Jammu. Earlier he dealt in the business of used military jeeps. More or less brand new jeeps used to be classified as condemned; these were purchased by the yoga guru who would emerge as the single bidder. Such jeeps would then be auctioned to him at a very low prices. Eventually these jeeps were used for election purposes and became a source of big business for the yoga guru. He had also served as a conduit for the supply of arms and ammunition to the Soviet Army during the battle against Mujahideens in Afghanistan.

    Binu Mathew’s query regarding the possible role of private security personnel during communal riots can be gauzed from the role of Abhinav Bharat – a right wing Hindu extremist organization founded by a retired major of Indian Army and Lt. Colonel Purohit in 2006 in Pune. Its activities came under scrutiny after Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad arrested its members in relation to Malegaon blast case. Investigations revealed that serving and retired army officers associated with Abhinav Bharat hijacked the organization and motivated the youth to take up armed struggle against Muslims.

    Hitler’s very own S.S. (Protection Squadron) was a major paramilitary organization under the Nazi Party. Beginning as a small guard unit made up of volunteers to provide security for party meetings, it emerged as the foremost agency of security, surveillance and terror within Germany during 1929 to 1945.

    Likewise the RSS too, is a right wing nationalist paramilitary volunteer organization widely regarded as the parent organization of the ruling party, BJP. Who knows Ramdev’s private security firm may inject the necessary legitimate inputs (material and training) into those aspiring for membership into such a paramilitary organization. Who knows eventually RSS may metamorphose to a full-fledged S.S. body.

  4. K SHESHU BABU says:

    Anything is legitimate for business tycoons baba ramdev as he has the over the support of right wing. With the Providence of God, he may become a highest commercial godman leaving bill Gates far away from his business ‘ gate’…
    One has to recall Abraham kovoor aain ‘ Begone! Godman!’

  5. I feel there is nothing wrong in creation of this private security firm by Baba Ramdev. The concerns expressed by the author are unfounded.

    • There are enough reasons to feel concerned. The private armies have the potential of being used against opponents and even the state machinery. Has not Mr. Vohra heard of the so-called ‘Sant’ Rampal whose private army fought a pitched battle with Punjab Police to stall his arrest?

  6. It was expected long back and is part of Hindutva gang’s pre-Independence militarization of Hindu youth project and to secure modern weapons. The security service is a camouflage under which arms training will be given o Hindu youth committed to Hindutva politics. This trained gang would work as mercenaries for breaking-up trade union struggles, black-mail people, repress democratic-secular movements, extort money and provide storm troopers for CIVIL WAR against Muslims, Christians and Communist which senior RSS pracharak Tathagat Roy, Governor of Tripura wished recently.

  7. Indians learning self defence is a big concern for the Left & the Secular.Ramdev entering the Security scenario is Welcome.Make sure that good quality training is imparted to Indians.

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