providing a platform to bring together forces who went on to launch movements against the UPA. As reported by The Indian Express in August 2012, it was at the VIF that a decision was taken to form an anti-corruption front under yoga guru Ramdev. A year earlier, the foundation together with RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya’s Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan had organised a seminar on corruption and black money attended by Ramdev, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi. At the end of the seminar, an “anti-corruption front” was formed with Ramdev as patron and Govindacharya as convener. The members included Doval and RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy.
Correction: An earlier version of this story wrongly included P K Mishra’s name among those associated with VIF. The error is regretted.
Kiran Bedi tried to establish her credentials as a secular, pro-women candidate.