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In the name of faith
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REUTERS Asaram Bapu being brought to Jodhpur in Rajasthan on September 1 after his arrest a few hours earlier in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, on the charge of sexual assault on a minor.

Asaram Bapu’s alleged sexual assault on a young girl offers an opportunity to throw light on India’s superstition industry and lift the veil on the state-temple-corporate complex. By MEERA NANDA

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Justice Markandeya Katju once said “90 percent of Indians are fools.”
Day by day the gap between faith and blind faith comes closer. (Meera
Nanda, In the name of faith, Oct 4). Superstitions are deep rooted in
our society and it cannot be controlled only with law. It is really
true that the death of reason will give birth to monsters. Let's hope
Narendra Dhabolkar’s martyrdom would not go in vain.

Pious Thomas
Payyannur, Kannur

from:  Pious Thomas
Posted on: Oct 2, 2013 at 22:06 IST
More than a godman to millions of followers, he is the citizen of India. According to the version of the girl Asaram has sexually assaulted her in the guise of exorsising so-called evil spirits. A sexual offence is a crime and just because Asaram claims himself as a godman he can not be tried under the laws of the land. Why can't the govt and the judiciary try him under the law without politicising it? When the constitution gives rights equally to all citizens why he is given special treatment. Although Indian constitution is egalitarian, the govts both at central and state levels gives special status for these criminals who exploit the faith of the common people. It is very unfortunate.-srinivasn sundaram
from:  K.S.Sundaram
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 20:20 IST
Very Timely story . Lots of information and anlaysis. An eye opener.Meera Nanda's article was illuminating.
from:  S.KUMAR
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 19:45 IST
Brilliant take on the godmen and all the prevalent superstition. All
those hindutvadis decrying that state patronage of minorities comes at
the cost of hindu's right to practice religion is a farcical claim,
since being a hindu majority state, tax money and resources are
diverted to these charlatans whenever hindu festivals are celebrated.
What do they call such hypocrisy?- unrecognised privilege! the same
disease which afflicts the rich urban middle class whenever welfare
measure are undertaken, not being ashamed that their greed to
accumulate wealth through gold and their comforts like driving their
personal vehicle has brought the country to its knees among other
factors! congratulations Prof Meera. I came to know you through Ajita
Kamal and your book. Keep it up
from:  Sanjay Kumar K
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 16:20 IST
Very well-written article. It reminds me of Karl Polanyi's discussion on
the state-led diversion of discontent resulting from neoliberal "utopia"
which often gets mixed up with religious fundamentalism as in India, in
his classic "The Great Transformation".
from:  Anupama D. Masali
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 11:59 IST
Interesting article! Theme well developed to throw light on the mixture of Religious practice with
superstitious practice and its evil ramifications. Strangely the same page promotes Google Ad
about Psychic reading!! What type of 'nexus' is this?
from:  Muktimagizhan
Posted on: Sep 19, 2013 at 10:21 IST
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