Ex-patriate Indian supporters of yoga guru Ramdev protest - London
Supporters of the swami Baba Ramdev gather outside the British Parliament to protect against the crackdown on their leader. United Kingdom. 19th June 2011
It is a small and extremely polite gathering of ex-patriate Indians that listens to speeches from their leaders in Britain and from their leaders in India on the phone denouncing the detention of the man they call Baba Ramdev.
They stand in a gaggle, well dressed, clearly well fed and entirely reasonable when they chat, opposite The Queen's Entrance to the Mother of Parliaments in London, England.
The ultra Hindu nationalist is a cross between Mr Motivator and almost any member of the homegrown British National Party. A household name thanks to his daily appearances on the country's top religious channel Aastha TV.
What is striking for a group that denounces most things western is just how modern are their electronic communications. Even the BBC might fail to establish this series of links to India. But the swami's technicians are on his case.
The swami Baba - a multi millionaire star of Indian TV - is taking on the Indian establishment at home.
Denouncing it, and especially the familial and political heirs of Mohandas Gandi, especially Sonia, for the hoarding overseas of what he calls black money. His supporters claim corruption is rife in India.
Recently he went on a hunger strike - a demonstration put down with tear gas and some force.
Here in London the crowd, men and women and children of all ages but no whites, wear black armbands as a mark of solidarity with their leader who was arrested.
The Indian PM had sent 4 ministers to meet Baba Ramdev as he enters Delhi for his fast on June the 4th. A sign of the power of TV in the world's biggest democracy. And the fear and weakness of an elected leader in a land where sectarian division was the midwife at the birth of the nation.
The guru Ramdev has reportedly built up a worldwide yoga empire worth millions. Even in Presbyterian Scotland on Little Cumbrae hundreds turned out and paid for this teachings.
He is a controversial figure in India not least for the authorities. And perhaps he would be in the west if his teachings were better known. His earliest claim is how his controlled breathing exercises cured him of a partial paralysis.
It's claimed by him and by his critics that he knows how to cure cancer and AIDS. In December 2006 The Times of India reported the swami as saying yoga and diet is the disease free path to healthy living.
He also has distinctly pre-modern pre-twentith century views on homosexuality. And the swami has drawn up an increasingly long list of perversions for which he'd put people to death.