The story still happens to be on the Hindu's website: Ramdev Claims Cure For Ebola.
The report was met with expected derision on social media, and Twitter, particularly, with Ramdev's claims to 'cure homosexuality' recalled.
Don't believe Baba Ramdev who can 'cure' cancer, homosexuality, extract gold from cow urine can't cure Ebola. He is just being modest— Joy (@Joydas) October 15, 2014
But then senior journalist Shekhar Gupta too shared his scepticism, leading to the following exchange:
The Hindu's report which still remains on their website, it turns out, was based on the above site—ramdevmedicine.com/—mentioned by Ramdev, against which he has threatened legal action.
The site is at present not accessible, but a Google cache of the page shows:
While the website also apparently carried a disclaimer, it seems to have been ignored by the Hindu while reporting:
Copyright © 2014 Swami Baba Ramdev Medicines - All rights reserved.
This website is not an official website of Swami Ramdev and Divya pharmacy or Patanjali Yog Peeth, Haridwar. It is a health information website. Authenticity and genuinety of the information mentioned on the above page is purely at the user discretion. We don't claim any cure, relief and other authenticity of the medical and health conditions that are mentioned on the above page. It is always recommended that users of this website should always consult their physician prior to use of this information and products. The products and information listed above is not being evaluated by US FDA. This Website is presented purely at our personal experience and hence we don’t take any responsibility of any sort.
Meanwhile, the Hindu also did a follow-up on its Ramdev story and asked an unnamed official of the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry about
'Baba Ramdev’s controversial claim that Ebola can be prevented through the use of his “health package'.
It quoted the official as saying:
“As on date there is no evidence to prove that there are medicines that can cure Ebola.”
An official response from them is awaited.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Mr Gupta added:
@yogrishiramdev tells me while he has not found a cure for Ebola, it is under "active research" in his institutions so we should wait— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) October 15, 2014
We'll save the last word for Dhaakad Tau, who put it all in perspective:
Classic Sickular conspiracy. Yogi Ramdevji hasnt claimed to cure Ebola. Has only claimed cure for homosexuality. And for male child.— Dhaakad Tau (@Bawli_Booch) October 15, 2014