Frontline Special

Godmen’s own country

Print edition : September 29, 2017

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh arrives for a press conference on the release of his film "MSG, The Warrior Lion Heart" in New Delhi in October 2016. Photo: Tsering Topgyal/AP

With BJP leaders at the Clean Delhi campaign the Dera launched in May, at India Gate. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

The Dera Sacha Sauda fiasco is a classic example of the state-temple-business nexus and what ensues when the basic social functions of the state are “spiritualised” and contracted out to godmen.

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