The Baba Ramdev Phenomenon: From Moksha to Market by Kaushik Deka Review
It need sheer ignorance on the part of a person who is not aware about Baba Ramdev. This yogi turned entrepreneur has touched life of people all around the country and globe through his yoga camps, products and his indirect involvement in the politics of the country.
The phenomenal success of Patanjali is now the matter of case studies. The author Kaushik Deka has decoded Baba Ramdev and his path towards success in the book The Baba Ramdev Phenomenon: From Moksha to Market .
‘Patanjali Ayurved has turned out to be the most disruptive force in the Indian FMCG market..it witnessed a whopping annual growth of 146% in fiscal year 2016, grossing a turnover of $769 million.’—Assocham–TechSci research report.
When in 1965, at Saidalipur, a nondescript village in Haryana, a baby boy was born to a marginal farmer, there was hardly any celebration. They were happy to receive what they believed was ‘the most precious gift from God’ but there was no time to pause, reflect or celebrate. People needed to get on with their lives. Little did they realize that the new-born would take this philosophy of detachment to a different level altogether. And if this detachment was induced in their life by poverty and hardship, three decades later their child was to show the world how to practise the same philosophy and even, while doing so, gather unimaginable wealth—an approximate net sum of 10,000 crore. He was to become Baba Ramdev, the celebrated yoga guru and one of the founders of Patanjali Ayurved Limited and Patanjali Yogpeeth.
The Baba Ramdev Phenomenon offers a detailed account of Ramdev’s journey from attaining moksha in the Himalayas to ruling the market, especially the FMCG sector, with his Patanjali products. It captures the rise and rise of Patanjali and the various factors that worked for it, most importantly, the vision of Ramdev and the able assistance of his associate Acharya Balkrishna.