The infamous Asaram molestation case and Narendra Dabholkar murder have brought into spotlight the fallout of blind-faith inherent in the people of this country. On the one hand we have one of the biggest godmen in the country and on the other hand the biggest campaigner of irrational beliefs.
Taking their name in the same breath seems incongruous but to drive home the point it is required.
In other words a one stop shop for all the miseries plaguing our lives.
Godmen must be viewed in such a context. It may be easy to heap scorn and laugh at absurd remedies (like consumption of a samosa to alleviate financial problems) of a Delhi based Baba or rebuff the generation of ash and other such materials out of thin air by others of his ilk, but we would do well to pose certain question to ourselves like who has created the market for these charlatans?
Who has paid exorbitant fees to attend their camps? Who has recommended their ‘remedies’ after being ‘cured’? Who has accorded them an otherworldly pedestal and a higher than mortal status? Unfortunately the answer to all these questions is we, the dogmatic fools.
We are the first ones to scoff at news channels for broadcasting shows like ‘Dharm’ and ‘Aaj ka Bhavishya’ and ironically the first ones to call the ‘experts’ on such shows to know our fate.
We lament the lack of scientific temperament in our people, but our space scientists propitiate the gods before any satellite launch.
We would rather attend spiritual satsangs seeking pendants, talismans and shortcuts for health issues than hit the gym.
We rue the government’s inadequacy to alleviate abject poverty in the country, yet we would rather offer largesse to temples, priests or godmen than help the destitute on our part.