Politics of divine intervention

Venkatesh Ramkrishnan

One of the proposals that came up when the M.N. Venkatachaliah Commission on Constitutional Review was set up by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-National Democratic Alliance (NDA)

Godmens Own Country

Meera Nanda

Insan: Human. Homo sapiens This sweet Urdu word immediately evokes fellow feeling. In a community of insans, how does it matter who you are? It is your humanity, your insaniyat,

In the Name of Faith

Meera Nanda

At one level, the arrest of Asaram is a rather humdrum, same-old story. One more godman has fallen from grace. So, what is new under the sun? Arent we used

Panacea at a Price

Ravi Sharma

He is the guru who gave himself a double prefix and was named one of the Seven Most Powerful People in India by Forbes magazine in 2009. Sri Sri Ravi

The Paradox in Tamil Nadu

Ilangovan Rajsekharan

His flamboyance would have easily earned him stardom in Bollywood; his articulation and attitude would have made him the first choice for corporate head honcho. The 60-year-old Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudevthe

Third Eye of Nirmal Baba

Yet another Baba! What is wrong with Indians? Why they waste their hard-earned money on these fraud Babas? Recently a self-styled godman and spiritual leader, Nirmal Baba is in limelight

Holy Men Theirs and Ours

Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy

India and Pakistan have more influential holy men per square mile than anyone has ever counted. Some are just rich, others both powerful and rich. Once upon a time their