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That the self-styled godmen beguile the gullible is understandable. What, however, is surprising is the manner in which the educated persons, quite rational otherwise, block their critical faculty before such a godman even when the godman has been proved to be a crook. It may not be out of place to cite an instance from my student days in Varanasi.

One Jhumari Tiwari disappeared from home and after several years surfaced in Bombay (as it was then known) and assumed the name of Ram Lakshman Acharya. It was rumoured that he had spent the intervening years in the Himalayas where he had practised yoga and attained divinity. While teaching the citizens of Bombay how to attain moksha, he landed in the police dragnet on a complaint from the wife of an influential industrialist. He was prosecuted and awarded seven years’ rigorous imprisonment for the offence.

Sri Prakasa, an eminent citizen of Varanasi, was then the Governor of Maharashtra. A delegation from Varanasi approached the Governor with the request that the godman be transferred from Bombay jail to Varanasi jail. The Governor obliged (those days there was not such a public scrutiny of the actions of Constitutional authorities as it is now). As soon as Ram Lakshman Acharya entered the Central Jail in Varanasi, he was declared ‘ill’ and shifted to the Shiv Prasad Gupta (district) Hospital at Kabirchaura.

Still a convict and undergoing sentence, the godman could not be allotted a private or special ward under the rules. He could not be put up in a general ward, along with lesser mortals. So a way was found out. General Wards 6 and 7 were connected by a small corridor. In the middle of the corridor was a room where the nursing staff assigned duties for the two wards had their paraphernalia. The pieces of furniture and the almirahs were dumped in Ward 7. To create room for these items, some beds of Ward 7 were moved out into the veranda. The nurses’ room was allotted to Ram Lakshman Acharya.

Every morning the ‘hospitalised’ godman would walk some four kms (a couple of constables trailing half a km behind) to take his bath in the Ganga. On return he would shut himself up in the room for a few hours to perform pooja. By the time his pooja was completed, top government officials, Divisional Commissioner of Varanasi Division, the DIG of police and the Jailor downwards, most of them along with their wives, would be waiting outside to touch his feet and obtain his blessings. All the surgeons and physicians of the District Hospital — barring one — took turns to pay their obeisance to the convicted godman. Dr Dutta (I am unable to recall his initials) was the only doctor who would, after completing his round of Ward 6, head straight to Ward 7 without casting a glance at the room situated between the two wards.

I was witness to this shocking degradation of the educated class. During that period, I was an inmate of Ward 7 undergoing treatment for pleurisy.

Women become Sadhvis at young age generally because of traumatised childhood and multiple frustrations. It has nothing to do with renunciation of the worldly things or the desire to lead an ascetic life. The people’s psyche is such in this country that they start bowing before anyone who wears saffron or white clothes and prefixes his/her name with Sadhu or Sadhvi. More crafty of them gather around them a crowd of semi-educated people, some of them with criminal bent of mind. Then they pick up some religiously emotive subject and embark upon a crusade. If there is a government sympathetic to their cause, they become literally outlaws.

Sadhvi Kamal of Rajasthan equates with Bhagat Singh and Chandra Shekhar Azad the killers of Pehlu Khan of Alwar who was lynched by a mob of ruffians for transporting cows by declaring him a cow smuggler though he had told them that he had purchased the cows from a cattle fair in Haryana for milk and had shown them the receipts. Now what does this little known 39-year-old woman know about Bhagat Singh or Chandra Shekhar Azad or their work, or about the freedom struggle for that matter? She was said to have become Sadhvi at the age of 12 and needs specialised psychiatric treatment.

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, who divides Indian society between Ramzadas and Haramzadas (Ram’s sons and bastards), is another shining example of mental depravity. That Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen her to include in his council of ministers speaks volumes about the mindset of the political leadership.

Most of the Sadhvis are ill-educated, boorish and possess a dirty tongue (perhaps dirty mind also). They (as well as their male counterparts) pose a greater threat to the country and its culture than misguided terrorists.

May 2017
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Value of propaganda

Adolf Hitler believed in the use of propaganda as an integral element to seizing and holding on to political power. His maxim was 'the bigger the lie, the more easily it will be believed, provided it is repeated vigorously and often enough'. (Sean Murphy in his book 'Letting the Side Down')

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