Apex body of sadhus releases list of 14 ‘fake babas’, demands action

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Sep 2017 09:02:35



The list includes names like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Rampal, Radhe Maa, Swami Aseemanand, Nirmal Baba, Asharam and his son Narayan Sai

IRKED by recent controversies surrounding self-styled godmen, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, the apex body of Hindu sadhus, on Sunday released a list of 14 “fake babas” and demanded a crackdown on “rootless cult leaders” by bringing in a legislation.

Giving out the list, which includes names like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Rampal, Sukhvinder Kaur alias Radhe Maa and Swami Aseemanand,Nirmal Baba, Asharam and his son Narayan Sai, the Parishad’s President Swami Narendra Giri said, “We appeal to even the common people to beware of such charlatans who belong to no tradition and by their questionable acts, bring disrepute to sadhus and sanyasis.”

The Parishad is a council of akharas, which are monastic orders drawing their spiritual lineage from 8th-century seer Adi Shankara, who is said to have established orders of martial monks with the aim of defending the Hindu Dharma. The development comes close on the heels of a CBI court in Haryana sentencing Ram Rahim to 20 years in prison for the rape of two.