It was supposed to be a strictly yoga affair. But it turned out to be more than that when police requested the Indian yoga teacher Ram Dev to cancel his class that was scheduled to start yesterday. The yoga sessions resumed today morning after Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula inaugurated. (Pics by Shaligram Tiwari via Kantipur)
We saw a drama yesterday evening as security officials poorly handled the situation that was created after the cancellation. A minister in the cabinet, Rajendra Mahato of Sadbhavana Party Anandidevi, speaking at a press conference along with Ram Dev and other representatives of Nepali political parties, offered apologies to the Yoga instructor for the cancellation. Both the apology and Home Minister’s inauguration were unnecessary and unwarranted.
Yoga is not a political event and the incident of cancellation should have been handled by the security personnel. It still remains mystery to the public why the first day’s session was canceled as Police haven’t explained why they felt that the event needed to be canceled. The cancellation did nothing but embarrassed the Nepali authorities. If the cancellation was for genuine purpose like saving possible accident in the venue, that was fine but an explanation on this regard must come from security agencies.
After some Indian news channels were quick to conclude that the Maoists were behind the cancellation while the Maoists immediately rejected those claims. Maoist spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who resigned from Information ministry a few days ago, was present in the press conference with Ram Dev to show that his party was actually for the yoga. Indian Hindi news channels have very low reputation in Nepal for their continuous immature and false coverage of issues related to Nepal.
Ram Dev is hugely popular in Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal that has satellite connection with Astha channel for his Yoga skills. Many seem to have benefited from his instructions.