Blind Faith vs Com­mon Sense

India Today - - MAIL -

The ar­rest of the self- styled and self- pro­claimed god­man, Asaram, on al­leged charges of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of a 16- year- old girl in the ashram, has brought out the evil mis­deeds of fake god­men (“In­side Asaram’s Evil Em­pire”, Septem­ber 23). Asaram boasts of 45 ashrams in In­dia alone, wealth worth Rs 8,000 crore and a fol­low­ing of 20- 30 mil­lion peo­ple across the world. The real and true god­men, who are sup­posed to be the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of God on earth, are ex­pected to live a sim­ple life of a her­mit, with­out pomp and show. But it is painful to note that bar­ring a few, all oth­ers are self­ish, greedy, power- hun­gry, fake and con­tro­ver­sial, giv­ing im­por­tance to ma­te­ri­al­ist world than the spir­i­tual world. Th­ese fake god­men who have no re­spect for the dig­nity and hon­our of women should be put be­hind bars and stripped of all pow­ers.

M. Y. SHAR­IFF, Chen­nai The rise of scam­sters such as Asaram to the po­si­tion of a revered god­man is a clear re­flec­tion of the dan­gers of blind faith. Even in the 21st cen­tury, it is un­for­tu­nate to see a large sec­tion of In­di­ans blindly fol­low­ing and be­liev­ing in sad­hus, as­trologers and the like. The po­lice need to keep strict vig­i­lance over the ac­tiv­i­ties of such self- pro­claimed god­men. The politi­cians must also set an ex­am­ple and not en­cour­age th­ese fake god­men. Also, the fol­low­ers should use their judg­ment and dis­cre­tion and not be­lieve in any rit­ual or babas blindly.

USHA DESH­PANDE, Ban­ga­lore

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