Religion and faith are complex issues in India. In many cases, they involves voluntary delusion. It shouldn’t be my concern what someone chooses to do in their private life — but when mass delusion infringes on someone’s rights or creates impediments in the implementation of law, it is a problem.

Vishal Arora writes a fascinating piece for The Caravan : The Land of Illusion, on Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi. It is long, but if you have the time, please read it.

After reading it, the only explanation I could come up with is: Faith is a straw for most.