Rampal: Godman, Murder, Forgery and More.
It is very interesting/irritating/annoying/disgusting/disenchanting and a lot more to see the headlines on news today. Another god man is in the rumbles and the headlines caption the following
Well, what comes to your mind when you see this? Not respect that is for sure! I am amazed with the number of god men in India and even more amazed to see the number of followers. Looks like it is the onset of a new trend or maybe a rehash of the old one where the blind beliefs and superstitions have gone beyond the gods and now transcended to the messengers. I am not sure how or why these people have become so popular and more than blaming these god men, I think I have a bigger bone to pick with the followers. What makes people like these have hundreds and thousands of followers? Is it food? Security? Safety? Or the scarier reasons – Faith? Belief? Whatever these reasons are, I really feel that there is something about an institution like this where the number of people gets uncontrollable.
And now, talking about this particular godman!
Who is Rampal?
He is a self styled god man
He worked as an engineer and later resigned, he was charged of being “careless” at work
Follower or the so called incarnation of Kabir
and some more elite information about the man, more of which can be found on his website: Jagatguru Rampal
Why the issue?
Rampal has been charged of multiple issues- Murder, forgery, assault, criminal intimidation, Arya Samaj activist’s murder, and so on. I would really not like to go in details of the same, but you can find a very detailed article about the crimes this man has been alleged/convicted/charged of.
reference:Cases against Rampal
The issue today?
The court issued a notice for the godman to appear and naturally he declined and probably as expected quoted medical reasons. Reasons aside, he was supposed to appear on Nov 5 and it is already 19 Nov and when it comes to court, I think it is the highest body in the country and not even the PM is above it. It is unreasonable for a godman or an individual to act in contempt of the court and naturally an arrest warrant was issued. And the operation started more than 2Hrs ago and he hasn’t been arrested yet. This can only mean a few things
– He is guilty or he is sure that there is no way he can prove his innocence to the court.
– He is too arrogant and thinks he is above the law
– He is the godman right? No one can question him apart from the gods themselves.
No matter what the reasons are, I still can’t get around the fact or the news that he was using his devotees as a human shield to prevent police from arresting him.
Who is to blame?
Whose fault is it that the godmen have such high positions in the country? I don’t deny the fault of the godman, but what about the disciples or the followers? Why would a godman have about 10,000 followers who have to evacuated on the previous day? I understand that we are all free to follow whichever belief we want to but what about this blind faith? Are we so weak as individuals that we need to look outside for help? Are we so poorly educated that we are incapable of handling our lives? What is about giving up the responsibility of your problems to either a god man or a god himself? What are we here for? Are we that weak that we cannot solve our own problems? Are we so incapable? I somehow refuse to believe so.
Arrest this godman or the goddamn man! No one is above the law and no one can be. We have skipped through enough laws, people have shown how powerful or influential they are, people have started living in impunity, there is no fear or morale of governance. If that was the case, how different are we from autocracy? No one has the right to be above someone else, whether it is a godman or a god’s direct disciple. We are country of people and people are of prime importance, not just one person!
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