But I wonder whether the Godman has the bandwidth for a rational discussion. Also, his fierce followers would be hard to contain in and around the studio.
Comedian Kuki Sharda was arrested, released, and then re-arrested, all for mimicking Dera Sacha Sauda boss, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Never mind. The ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ star will be released before time and the dust will settle.
Tragically, Rahim Singh, and his imprudent bunch of followers will move on to their next victim. It could be you, or me. Intolerance is peaking.
Why are some of us forced to agonise about hurting sentiments when those who claim to be hurt have communally caused more damage than some random bloke like ‘Palak’?
Because the ‘hurtees’ enjoy political backing? In the 2014 Haryana polls, his organisation supported Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In February 2015, his organisation openly supported BJP in Delhi elections, aggressively boasting that he has over 20 Lakh followers in Delhi. He supported BJP in the Bihar assembly election in 2015, and nearly 3000 Dera followers campaigned for BJP in the state.
Kuki Sharda was only joking, based on the perception Rahim suffers from. Rahim’s followers’ unholy grasp over civil liberty, mandated by the ungodly and profane Baba himself, worries me. It should worry you, too. It’s a bogey, raised when the anti-human rights and antiquated beliefs are mocked.
When the self-proclaimed Godman said that Kuki Sharda will be forgiven only when he tenders apology, he exposed himself as nothing but a vengeful man, thirsting to satisfy his ego. If he were truly a Messenger of God, he should have been more forgiving, although nothing that Kuki did warranted mercy, especially from someone as insignificant in the eyes of a larger India as this hairy Baba.
I believe Kuki’s God, and his teachings, didn’t believe in what Rahim professed. If there was any sanctity about Rahim, any purity about his preaching, Kuki Sharda perhaps wouldn’t have scripted his act the way he did. We don’t scoff at genuine people, we respect them. We only poke fun at those who are self-styled. That’s what Kapil Sharma and Kuki Sharda had the nerve for.
Really, look at his duplicity. In May 2007, he was accused of hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikhs by wearing, in an advertisement, attire resembling the tenth and final living Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.
The case was registered on the complaint of one Uday Singh, the follower of Dera Sacha Sauda. Sorry, Uday, have a re-look at your life. Your inspiration couldn’t possibly be someone who is a daredevil motorcyclist and pulls off Bollywood stunts.