What Will It Take for India to Stop Believing in Rapist Godmen?

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What Will It Take for India to Stop Believing in Rapist Godmen?

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza

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e’re in a bit of a metaphysical crisis in India today, and it has nothing to do with our personal spiritual health. The trouble arises from our prescriptive ancient texts that clash with what we observe around us – especially when it comes to India’s godmen.   

Ancient texts tell us that babas have been seeking elevated planes of consciousness through prayer and meditation since time immemorial. On the other hand, newspapers and TV news informs us that sexual assault and assorted criminal activities are the preferred path to enlightenment for the godmen of today. The latest addition to the convict-cum-baba brigade is Asaram, who was found guilty, along with seven others, of raping a minor girl in 2013.

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