Banish the cell phone, says ‘baba’ MP

March 17th, 2010 - 1:45 pm ICT by IANS  

By T.G. Biju
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) The ubiquitous cell phone is the epitome of all evil that would bedevil your sex life, damage your brain and make you a liar! That is the view of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Lok Sabha MP Prasanna Kumar Patasani, once a Maoist guerrilla and now a saffron-clad ‘baba’.

The MP from Bhubaneswar, who holds a mace even inside the house and is married with three children, advises young boys and girls to banish the mobile phone from their lives because even one year of its use could be harmful.

“I have seen young boys and girls using the mobile phone for hours for romantic chat. If you continue this for one year… you will fail at the time of having sex,” Patasani told IANS.

That’s not all.

“Continuous usage of mobile phone will cause damage to the brain. Its radiation is harmful and it causes sexual problems,” said Patasani, a renowned Oriya poet who spent some time in the Himalayas in the 1970s.

“Don’t keep it in your pocket. Its radiation will harm your heart and other organs,” said the man who was an Orissa cabinet minister in 1990-95.

Patasani says proudly that he refused to accept a mobile provided to all MPs from parliament.

Labelling it an “instrument of liar” and a “time killing” instrument, he said: “I have not taken it because of these scientific reasons.”

People carrying mobile phones, he went on, are compelled to lie to their family members and bosses when asked about their whereabouts.

“So, it is an instrument of liar,” said the MP, who studied in Singapore.

He said he meditated for more than eight years in a cave in Himalayas after accepting Maharshi Mahesh Yogi as his guru. He went underground after the then Congress government slapped the Maintenance of Internal Security Act on him for associating with Naxalites.

Patasani, who is president of more than 50 educational institutions and organisations, was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1998. He served as a legislator in the Orissa assembly for 18 years, from 1980 to 1998.

He has travelled to more than 100 countries and delivered a speech on various subjects, including on yoga and transcendental meditation.

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