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Threatening an armed rebellion, yoga guru Ramdev today said he will raise an 11,000 force that will be trained to retaliate if authorities crackdown on their anti-corruption campaign, evoking a stern response from the Government which termed it “anti-national”.

I’m certainly not going to take the government’s side here. This incident is a 101 in how governments create monsters. Just see how quickly the Congress denounced this move as unconstitutional or illegal:

Home Minister P Chidambaram said, “By making that statement, he has exposed his true colours and true intentions. Let him do so and the law will deal with that… You have to observe some discipline.”

“It is anti-national and we have to take action,” said V Narayanswamy, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Congress said Ramdev’s call for an armed rebellion is a serious issue and hoped that the government will take appropriate action to uphold the Constitution and maintain law and order.

“His remarks shows his violent temperament and there should be some action against him,” Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, a vocal critic of the yoga guru, said.

He said Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj meeting Ramdev today indeed showed that he is a “mask of the BJP and other saffron outfits”.

Party spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan hoped that the government will take appropriate action to uphold the Constitution and maintain law and order.

Ramdev’s statement to give arms training to 11,000 young men and women to fight against corruption was “against Constitution and against the lawful elected government”, Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said.

Ramdev’s army would only be illegal if he were to use his army to infringe on someone’s right.

Sure, Ramdev might be over-reacting but we have no way to punish government backed violence. Further, if I call this overreacting, how much violence would a government have to commit for me to call it justified?

Or, as the title says, should violence be a government monopoly?

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