But it seems it is man who created god in his image - greedy, power-hungry, domineering and immoral. And since time immemorial, the priests who claimed to be the agents of God, fooled people telling them they are there to dispense the blessing of God, of course for a price.
Lately, some of the agents of God thought ‘why be agents, why not pose as god himself’; so they became godmen. Thus they assumed the godly power to give blessings and be above man-made laws and morality. Such a man was Gurmeet Singh when he assumed the name of Ram Rahim, perhaps to be "secular" so that he could get followers from Hindus and Muslims. And he created a "state" within the state, with his own laws and administration called Sachcha Sauda in Haryana with millions of followers.
For the politicians, in power as well as in the Opposition, men and women were counted merely as voters and the godman with a few million votes in his hand, was their essential benefactor, despite his misdeeds and lawlessness. It is said Gurmeet Ram Rahim with his empire Sachcha Sauda was instrumental in BJP winning Haryana and making Manohar Lal Khattar the chief minister. On 15 August, the Dera chief's 50th birthday, two Haryana ministers offered him a gift cheque of Rs 51 lakh. Now that the lion (Singh) is caged by the efforts of the courts and the CBI, stories of Ram-Rahim's misdeeds are galore in the media. But a few facts are worthy of recounting that enabled the almost impossible task of punishing him.
First, the Courts. The High Court entertained the complaint of two women that they were raped by Gurmeet Singh. The Court entrusted the CBI to investigate the case. The CBI did little for 5 years but could not close the case because of court's direction. Then one honest investigator Mubinja Narayanan started work in earnest, collected evidence against Gurmeet and filed the FIR, despite pressures from politicians and his seniors in the CBI.
So it was the honesty and fearlessness of men in the CBI and judiciary that culminated in the punishment of the godman. Then circumstances too did not favour him. If he were to remain inside his fortress of Sachcha Sauda, he could have been brought to justice only after an army raid as big as the one Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had ordered on Akal Takht in Amritsar, in which hundreds had died.
The lesson the politicians should learn from the incident is that godmen should not be allowed to grow to be a 'state' within the state, to become a law unto themselves.