This, I hope, is the last post dedicated to the late godman.

Take some time out (an hour, to be precise) and watch this BBC documentary Secret Swami. If the godman doesn’t interest you, watch it for a good selection of music and a bit where Murli Manohar Joshi loses his cool:

You know the meaning of interviewing a minister in my capacity; a minister of my stature?

It is worth watching the documentary for this bit alone.

Someone needs to remind him that he is a servant (quite like a hired driver) and not a ruler of the people.


A similar well-written and researched piece appeared in Caravan Magazine.


Key leaders of both political parties (Advani, Vajpayee, MM Joshi, Manmohan Singh, Shivraj Patil) were followers. For over a decade — it doesn’t matter which party you voted for — both parties have refused to look into allegations (which you can be assured are true). Yet another example where voting is mostly an illusion of choice.