Frontline Special

Politics of divine intervention

Print edition : October 13, 2017

Jawaharlal Nehru. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Indira Gandhi. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Dhirendra Brahmachari.

Sathya Sai Baba. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

P.V. Narasimha Rao. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Chandraswami. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

A.B. Vajpayee. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Ramchandra Paramhans . Photo: AP

Mahant Nritya Gopal Das. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Narendra Modi, who was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, shares a light moment with Baba Ramdev during an award function in Ahmedabad in July 2012. Photo: PTI

Godmen have always enjoyed political patronage in independent India but the nefarious connection has reached its nadir with the BJP-led government using the association for mutual benefit.
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