Gujarat: Asaram Bapu Ashram takes YouTube route
Gujarat: Asaram Bapu ashram takes YouTube route
By Rupang Bhatt,
Ahmedabad, DeshGujarat on 24th of July, 2008
Asaram Bapu ashram has taken YouTube route for pro-ashram lobbying. When almost whole media fraternity of Gujarat is in campaign like mood against Asaram Bapu and his ashram, online media has some heat from other side too.
After discussions and comments on DeshGujarat.Com and Google Groups, uploading of favorable news cuttings and photographs on Google Picasa, and arguments on Orkut,
Asaram Bapu ashram has produced a video CD for YouTube with Hindi narration to counter media attack and to justify their version of the events on 18th July. Copies of CD are being circulated nationwide among Asaram followers on offline front too.
So what is there in the CD?
CD clarifies that Asaram Bapu had publicly said he was ready for any investigation in two boys death issue. CD presents some interesting visuals of how followers of Asaram Bapu were beaten and women were abused when they were on the way to Asaram ashram for Gurupurnima. CD claims that even in grim situation Asaram Bapu had urged for peace from the mike. Goons had intruded into the women ashram and ashramites had to rush for rescue. Stones were pelted on ashram. Vehicles were torched, roads were blocked.
CD has some interviews of Asaram Bapu followers and Ahmedabad based Hindu saints. While followers of Asaram Bapu narrates their bitter experiences, saints like Hariharanandji Maharaj(Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad), Shivanand Saraswati, Bhaskaranandji Maharaj(Geeta Mandir, Ahmedabad), Rameshwardasji Maharaj(Jagannath Mandir) and Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj(Shivanand Ashram) have expressed their displeasure over Hindus fighting with Hindus, torching of public vehicles and media verdict before completion of investigation and court verdict.
In one rare visual, Asaram Bapu can be heard telling parents of dead gurukul boys “I will not tolerate if there is somebody’s wrong hand in the death of the boys. Dead boys were my children too. They were your children bodily, but my children by heart.”
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