Wild Wild Country: The Show That is Driving India Crazy

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Wild Wild Country: The Show That is Driving India Crazy

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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remember, it was my grandfather who first introduced me to Osho. This favourite white-haired, soft-spoken relative of mine would be listening to Osho on his tape recorder on most mornings right after he finished with the Japji Sahib. Osho, he told me once, was a wise man before he went mad.

History has come to comfortably accord Osho – the man who pursued spirituality through sex – the madman tag, as does the new Netflix docu-series Wild Wild Country. The six-part docu focuses on the part of Osho’s life at which even the staunchest “Rajneeshee” would look back and say – yeah, he lost it for a bit there. The docu focuses on the infamous Rajneeshpuram chapter in Osho’s story that has been more or less obliterated from his own history by his followers. Filed under “shocking scandal” in the media, this story has all the elements that justifies those two words: Greed, money, arms, poisonings, and… sex. Oh lots and lots of sex.  

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