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Baba Ramdev: Keith Vaz supports India’s celebrity swami who says gays are a sickness to be cured by yoga

by | 21st, September 2013

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WHY was Swami  Ramdevji detained at Heathrow Airport for eight hours as he tried to make way to Glasgow?

Also known as Baba Ramdev, Ramdevji was scheduled to lead a 1500-strong yoga class in Glasgow this Monday. Immigration stopped him. After hours in limbo, the spiritual leader who is said to be idolised by tens of millions, was handed a 24-hour visa and instructed to return to Terminal Five today. He did so. He was not deported. He was allowed to stay. The yoga class is on.

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz, who backed Ramdev, was there to tell media:

“…it is still a matter of concern to his many supporters and thousands of people who couldn’t be here today that he should have been treated in the way he was treated when he arrived at Heathrow. No Indian citizen with a valid visa entering the UK for lawful purposes should be held in this way. This is a very serious situation that occurred.”

Why was he questioned? Zee News quotes the guru:

“When I reached Heathrow Airport yesterday, the Immigration Department stopped me and said they have received a red alert notice against me. I asked about the reason for the red alert since I haven’t done anything immoral and illegal ever. But they did not give me any explanation as to why I was being detained. … Yesterday I was detained for eight hours but was not asked a single question. Maybe the Indian government tried to misguide the immigration department here. And this was the reason behind my detention.”

Some say Baba was stopped because he arrived on a visitor’s visa instead of a business visa, which he must have to preach yoga.

His spokesman SK Tijarawala says that’s nonsense:

“That, it is an insult to the whole of India. This is simply a case of an insult of the Indian language, Indian attire and Indians. He (Baba Ramdev) carried four pair of clothes and a book of mantras and Vedas in Sanskrit. They didn’t give any reason for the detention. No Indian should be insulted and detained this way.”

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What is a red notice?

A Red Notice is issued by Interpol at the request of a member National Central Bureau (SOCA in the UK) or sub bureau (in the UK’s Crown Dependencies) to seek the location and arrest of wanted individuals with a view to their extradition ‘or other lawful action’. For all practical purposes, it is a request by Interpol to its members to arrest a suspect if the individual comes to the attention of the police in one of the member states.

Why would Baba Ramdev be controversial?

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In 2009, he opined :

“Homosexuals are sick people, they should be sent to hospitals for treatment.

He says yoga can cure AIDS:

“We will prove through clinical tests that yoga can cure AIDS. And we will offer the cure shortly, in the next couple of years.”

In 2011, Ramdev went on his hunger strike to protest against corruption and officials taking money out of the country.

The Indian state is no great fans of his. In 2011,

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