August 13th, 2012
11:03 AM ET

Police detain Indian corruption activist

Police detained famed Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev as he led an anti-corruption march toward the national parliament building Monday, a police spokesman said.

"Remove Congress and save the country," the yoga guru said to thousands of supporters before officers took him into custody, referring to the ruling Congress Party.

The saffron-clad yoga teacher, whose televised breathing exercises are watched by millions, has been staging a demonstration since last week to demand repatriation of what he calls "black money," or illegal Indian wealth in foreign banks.

He also favors the creation of a strong anti-corruption watchdog agency to deal with endemic graft in the country, echoing a key demand raised by another veteran activist, Anna Hazare, whose hunger strikes last year galvanized huge public support.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    August 13th, 2012 11am ET
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    August 13, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Hi @Jeff
    I'm mising@Philip here.Has he opted out?

    August 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Ramdev has now become a regular thorn in Indian establishment's hide.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    What of the Congress of the US of A?
    Do we Americans need a change too?

    August 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fat Racist

    This is the first time anyone has been said anything to me about Phillip. Nor has anyone recommended Phillip. And Phillip has said nothing to me about opting out, not on this list anyways.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    In that case @Jeff permit me to recommend @Philip presuming that he has no objection.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I mean this with all due respect, but somehow I don't feel that Philip would want to be included with the group of people he calls "micropartisan bloggers" and "old hags" on a regular basis.
    Correct me if I'm wrong.

    August 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Good afternoon.
    He certainly has that knack of alienating bloggers but as a regular on this blog with posts which also carry info with research behind his disclosures, he perhaps would like to be included. Where are you @Philip?

    August 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    And also the gem of a person that you are, you would certainly be willing to overlook the 'indiscretions'.
    Enough on behalf of @Philip, he has to pop in now himself.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, flattery will get you everywhere, you silver-tongued man, you!

      August 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      If Jeff has to include all of Philip's many usernames, he's in trouble, though, lol!

      August 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. uhadit

    This Saffron Lundgoti clad Swami Ramdev is the biggest fraud, calling himself a holyman he has billions of Ruppes stucked away in his ashrams which he flees from poor Indians in the name of Religion & Yoga.

    August 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I wonder if we can "remove Congress and save the country"?
    Ah, a girl can dream!

    August 13, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |