Wanted: a uniform civil code for man & godman

E.R. RAMACHANDRAN writes: Ajji sprang to her feet and switched off the TV set.

She was faster than any of Ric Charlesworth’s Australian forwards.

Rama, Rama! Kala yellig bantho? In this land of Ramakrishna Pramahamsa, Swami Vivekananada, Kabir and Mother Teresa, thugs under the garb of kaavi leading immoral lives have taken over and are duping people?”

Ajji was hurt beyond words as she saw the TV clippings depicting the self-proclaimed Paramahamsa having an “inner awakening”.

“Ajji! These are modern-day gurus fooling the gullible public, sometimes with or without the support of powerful politicians,” I said.

“I know some of them are doing good work. But the majority of these swamijis acquire vast tracks of lands, build ashramas all over the country and travel at will all over the world with their shisyavrunda, all in the name of God. They showed one more swamiji on TV near Delhi who was running a business, money and sex racket. Aren’t they subject to the same laws of land that is applied to citizens and businessmen who have to endure all kinds of scrutiny and pay all kinds of tax for travel, land, factory etc?”

“Good question Ajji, but nobody knows the answer.”‘

“Some years back, Indira Gandhi had a guru, Dhirendra Brahmachari, who was so powerful he even had a gun factory in Kashmir. Swami and a gun factory!”

Ajji’s laughter was loaded.

Ajji! Where did you get this information?”

“I had seen it on my black and white EC TV many years ago. Then another Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao was close to one Chandraswami, a tantrik. Chandraswami was arrested and put to jail for cheating an old businessman. I think he is dead. His name was some Pathak who made pickles, Lakhubhai Pathak. Only Vajpayee did not have a swami.”

Ajji knew everything. Why is she not in the CBI, I thought?

“He too had one, Ajji! His name was Dr. Subramanian Swamy who was in the Janata Party cabinet and gave more trouble to Vajpayee as minister!’

“My question is. Why do all these distinguished leaders have such dubious people around them? What punya and moksha do they get by moving with these thugs in the garb of sanyasi? Don’t these so-called swamijis start interfering in the affairs of the State and become centres of power themselves harassing lesser mortals? And just to think what kind of saints and godmen we had? Mother Teresa did not build an empire, yet she was known all over the world for her compassion and selfless service to the dying poor in Calcutta and gave them dignity in death.”

Howdu, Ajji. Mother Teresa was god personified.”

“So was Kabir who was both Muslim and Hindu who sang thousands of couplets on Rama. He was more like our Purandaradasa singing the glory of Krishna; Basavanna sang his vachana. They were all very poor. In fact Purandaradasa threw away all his wealth and embraced god and poverty.”

“Very true.”

“My point is: there are a few here and there doing good service by building educational institutions and hospitals.  But quite a few in the name of God could be simply cheating the Government and the people.  I don’t know whether The Law of the Land is equally applied to them too.”

Nija, Ajji.”

Ajji’s summing up was the best.

“We sometimes assume all poojaris and swamis are closer to god. But given a situation when an increasing number of crooks are cheating the public in the name of God and lead lives of moral depravity, a uniform code should be evolved so that no section of community escape the law of the land, due to an absurd assumption they are closer to God.”

Nee heliddu 100% nija ajji.”

Photograph: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Damodardas Modi releasing a book on “Paramahamsa” Nithyananda in Baroda in September 2009. The godman apparently gave Rs 2.5 lakh to the Gujarat government for its Kanya Kelavni programme for the “education of girls” and, according to a Congress leader making the charge on the floor of the legislature, met him twice in Baroda, once for a  discourse and then for releasing his book (picture courtesy NDTV)

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23 Responses to “Wanted: a uniform civil code for man & godman”

  1. Uday Shetty Says:

    Why English media is behind great leader of India Mr.Modi? They always write negative things about Modi. No one knew about this kalla swamiji including Mr.Modi.

    It is high time that english media specifically NDTV/IBN-CNN must visit Gujarat and write about Modi’s achievements in Gujarat instead of cribbing about same old raga. Modi is India’s future. Vote Modi for next PM.

  2. Anonymous Guy Says:

    It is poetic justice that Ric Charlesworth’s team belted the Indian team. He is one of the biggest supporters of Indian hockey and had even offered to be the coach. I believe he was appointed some kind of technical advisor.

    IMO the Indian hockey is much more newsworthy than the shenanigans of this silly, horny swami.

  3. Raj Says:

    Shetty saar!

    Great leader Modi? lol….

    It’s unfortunate that we have people as Modi as our leaders. pathetic really!

  4. Mahesh Vijapurkar Says:

    Modi, you too have been conned by the godman!

  5. Phoenix Says:

    If u see the images in the link http://services.dhyanapeetam.org/meeting_leaders.shtml u will notice that prominent leaders and spiritual leaders have met this fraud swami.. Actually the land given to Nityananda Ashram in Bidadi was by SM Krishna when he was the CM of Karnataka and he even inaugurated it.. In that sense it is Congress that gave him shelter and not the BJP. It is pretty unfair to link Narendra Modi nor anybody including SM Krishna to this conspiracy as this land / donations were presented in good faith and that it would be used for spiritual well-fare of the society.

  6. joblessenggstud Says:

    @Phoenix: you snatched my words… :) None of the politicians knew about nithyananda’s raasaleele. unfair to blame politicos

  7. Nastika Says:

    Religion easily has the best bullshit story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man… living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.

    ~ George Carlin

  8. yet_another_hindu_infidel Says:

    Hehe churumuri exposed modi and the commentors exposed churumuri. It’s back to the drawing table for churumuri. He’ll be back.

  9. H.R.Bapu Satyanarayana Says:

    Let us wait for the full story to emerge before jumping into conclusion. More interesting things are tumbling out

  10. AC Says:

    Politicos should be blamed whether it our son of the nightsoil, or other former PM’s and significant others who have hobnobbed with (and continue to do so) with powerful goddamns like Bai saba, Sri Sri scamster. Why just politicos, the sad thing is even public officials like CJI’s commissioners and other don’t care to hide their affiliations to these goddamns. And that is why we continue to be a goddamned country

  11. ashwini prasad Says:

    I cant understand why all politicians support these swamijis irrespective of parties visits mutts,give them heavy donations.Only a few is doing the service,while others busy in building medcial eng colleges and educatinal institutions and grabing money land this is the time to controll all swamijis but who is going to bell the cat?

  12. Indian Says:

    I agree with some of the observations made above. This photo sends wrong signals about Mr.Modi, who is a great leader. The author could have used any other photo of Nithyananda with politicians. There are several congress leaders who have made appearance with him.

    Linking BJP to all the loopholes of Hinduism has become a fashion and habit for so called secular (Anti Hindu) people. When the whole nation did not know about Nithyananda, how can one expect Modi to know about him. He was as innocent as others were. He is not a CBI officer.

    Mr.Raj sir, you seem to be a great fan of congress. As one person has suggested above, visit Gujarat with a clean mind and compare it with Karnataka where your congress has ruled till the recent past. Admire the work one does instead of getting misled by news channels, most of which today are controlled by christian agencies.

  13. Puffstick Says:

    any scandal, our journos make their best efforts to link it to some BJP leader… As if all the journos are clean enough…

  14. Mahesh Vijapurkar Says:

    Why do politicians kneel before the godmen when each can teach the other much the same thing: promise of miracles, lot of hogwash in between and ultimately, the let down? Or is one better that the better, and if so, which? I think both have feet of clay, don’t they?

  15. dharma Says:

    Great! Investigative journalism by Churumuri! Linking Nityananda and Modi!
    Nityananda seems to have given only donation for some cause, where as ND Tiwari who was caught rolling in the Rajbhavan was a close associate of the Gandhi family. Only at their recommendation he was made the Governor of AP!!
    What a paradox Modi or Mrs Gandhi!

  16. Pulikeshi the Last Says:

    Why does fraud in religion make us all so angry? How about our politicians? Where are the videos of them?

  17. Deepak Says:

    Check the link below to see “great” people with Nithyananda. Includes T N Chaturvedi and S M Krishna!!!!

    http://services.dhyanapeetam.org/meeting_leaders.shtml

    Modi accepted 2.5 lakhs from Nithyananda as donation, whereas SM Krishna led govt gave huge tracts of land to Nithyananda.

  18. Hiker Says:

    Deepak,

    Unfortunately, there is no “S M Krishnatva” tag like “Moditva” on Churumuri.

  19. Anshuman Patel Says:

    It’s about time politicians of all hues stayed clear of all Godmen of all religions. Hobnobbing with them in public can send out wrong signals to the populace about patronage, approval and acceptability. We have no dearth of gullible folks who would see a nod in their leaders’ proximity to the Godmen.

    Yes, the Godmen too are part of the society and voters to boot. So the politicians/Govt can’t shun them completely and it shouldn’t. However any parleys with them should be held in camera – much the same way they are done with say Industry/biz groups or any other social organization.

    Similarly it would be good if Govt.s stop playing the erstwhile Raja card of doling out subsidies or grants to religious organisations or religious activities – be it be Haj or Amarnath Yatra. Take a look at this year’s Karnataka budget. Both the mutts/temples and minority institutions are showered nearly about INR 100 crores. This is the tax-payers’ money in this so called secular nation.

    The argument would be why Govt. should control Temples and Masjid/dargas (via Waqf board)? It’s about time Govt.s stopped doing that. Get out of the administration/control of any religious body. Instead possibly institute a regulatory mechanism so that these bodies don’t run contrary to human values and or rights guaranteed in constitution. Let them manage their monetary affairs.

    Like we have rolled in reforms in financial/business/administrative sectors, it’s time for reforms in the religious sector too and like in other sectors, a secular Govt. has no business to be meddling in religious matters.

  20. Hamsa Kumar Says:

    All the politicians irrespective party affiliations fond of godmen..there is no point mud slinging…Narender Modi is effective administrator..one can judge the progress Gujarat made in his continuous tenure…in the democratic process and running the affairs no body is perfect . One has to judge in totality..not an isolated incident or event..

  21. Amit Says:

    Funny someone should praise a charltan like Mother Terrible (teresa). She was the biggest farud and scamster of the last century and to be a state funeral for folling billions, my god, there is something wrong with the people of this country.

  22. Jagadish S Says:

    It’s ironic you paint mother teresa with the same brush as Nithy and those other godmen, because it is more apt than you realise. This is the woman who praised the suffering of the poor and downtrodden, likening it to participating in Christ’s suffering. Who the hell wants to suffer? People want to be free, not suffer. What happened to the millions of dollars, pounds and other money that came pouring in to her coffers? Helped the poor? No sir.

    And her fight against birth control and abortion? In a country as overpopulated as India? She deserves not the nobel prize but the darwin award.

  23. Sidartha Says:

    It is absolute madness that each person in a community is judged by a different set rule which is based on belief.

    Imagine tomorrow that the followers of say a prominent saint or a fakir decides to start a religious system/ practice with its own separate belief. Then does it mean that the constitution of a country has to amend itself to accept this since the flower of this saint or a fakir are noticeable in number and are a part of a vote bank that cannot be offended.

    This is what is happing in our country and this is absolutely ridiculous. A patriotic Indian should not accept any thing less than unit for all.

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