As regular people, we have all added a personal touch to the things we do. Well, yoga guru and human rubberband, Baba Ramdev isn't that far behind.
Although Ramdev visited Lalu Prasad Yadav's house to invite the latter to attend International Yoga Day celebrations, there was a lot more going on behind the scenes. According to The Statesman, the guru was at Lalu's house to demonstrate the aforementioned 'personal touch' — he was massaging the RJD chief 's face with a 'special' Patanjali cream, as the latter beamed, “I am a permanent brand ambassador of Ramdev’s Patanjali products.” If you're interested in seeing how it went down, there's even a video of it.
Ramdev even tweeted after:
— Swami Ramdev (@yogrishiramdev) May 4, 2016
This is a steady turnaround from Lalu's vitriol attacks, which are usually aimed at "high-profile saints" that include the Patanjali founder and Nobel Peace Prize refuser Sri Sri Ravishankar. Even as recent as last month, at a function to mark 125th anniversary of BR Ambedkar, the Bihar politician described Baba Ramdev as a "capitalist and industrialist of the country", and that he along with other saints/babas are making fools out of people, in the guise of religion.
So what could be the reason for this impressive backflip and the start of a fruitful bromance?
Back in 2015, it seemed like Lalu had a few defensive words for the baba when the latter was caught using animal bones in his medicines. Business Standard reported that Lalu was fine with the use of animal bones as long as it treated the disease. Perhaps things have been blowing hot and cold between them and it took a 'cosmetic' aligning of the stars for the duo to patch up? It's also important to note that Lalu has a thing for well-maintained skin — remember his remarks about Hema Malini's skin? His claim that he'd make Bihar's roads as smooth as Hema Malini's cheeks.
Never mind the background, the two leaders' too-close-for-comfort-politics is surely entertaining. Who knows, maybe Lalu might be drafted as a model for Patanjali.
(With inputs from IANS)
Updated Date: May 04, 2016 19:05 PM