India’s fasting anti-graft guru taken to hospital

AFP – Swami Ramdev, an Indian yoga guru holding a hunger strike against corruption, was taken to a hospital on Friday after not eating for nearly a week, his spokesman said.

Ramdev’s protest has put pressure on the government, which at first tried to persuade him not to hold the fast and then sent in police to break up his protest in the capital New Delhi.

The guru, whose popularity stems from his daily TV yoga shows, returned to his ashram near the holy city of Haridwar, where doctors had been monitoring his health hour by hour.

“His condition is pretty serious, he is lying down and is unable to speak,” Ramdev’s spokesman, Lalit Mishra told AFP. “He is being taken by ambulance to a hospital in Dehradun.”