In a strange connection of the number of children a person had and the right to vote, Baba Ramdev, the yoga guru and face of Patanjali Ayurved Limited, called for those individuals with more than two children to not be allowed to vote. Using himself as a comparison, he said that a single individual who was completely awakened consciously were far more powerful than a million people. In a bizarre attempt at calling to attention measures that would be needed for population control in the country, Ramdev said, “In this country, those who, like me, do not marry, should be honoured, and those who marry and have more than two children, their voting rights should be taken away.”
Bringing Indian tradition into the mix, he went on to stress on the fact that if there was a necessity for a large number of children and the ability to support them, it was alright to have them, pointing to the fact that India has the second-largest population in the world and is expected to be the most populous nation in a matter of years by saying, “Indian tradition Vedas advocate having even 10 offsprings if the population is less, so those who afford to have as many and have the need for as many, may have them.”
It was not immediately clear what prompted this statement from the yoga guru, particularly in the months before a national election where four years ago he was fervent in his support for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), even as the party is currently making efforts to gain the support of voters in several states that are going to polls in December this year.