Monday, 9 October 2017

The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad Declared 14 Babas Fake

The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad has declared 14 Babas fake; The move by the top body of Hindu religious leaders was prompted by the recent rape conviction and jailing of Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim, the head of Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa, Haryana. Akhada Parishad National President, Mahant Narendra Giri said, "such hypocrite babas should be put in jails, also their assets must be probed". The list, released on 10 September 2017, Sunday, is as follows:
  1. Asaram Bapu (Asumal Sirumalani)
  2. Radhe Maa (Sukhwinder Kaur)
  3. Sachinand Giri (Sachin Datta)
  4. Ram Rahim (Gurmeet Singh)
  5. Icchadhari Bhimanand (Shivmurti Dwivedi)
  6. Malkhan Singh
  7. Narayan Sai
  8. Rampal
  9. Acharya Kushmuni
  10. Swami Aseemanand
  11. Brihaspati Giri
  12. Om Namah Shivay Baba
  13. Nirmal Baba (Nirmaljeet Singh)
  14. Om Baba (Vinodanand Jha)
There is a very strong feeling among saints that misdeeds of just one or two religious leaders are defaming the entire community. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Joint General Secretary Surendra Jain said.

The VHP works closely with the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad. The Akhara Parishad has decided to put in place a mechanism to award the title of 'sant' to stop its misuse by people like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The title will be given after evaluating and examining an individual. "The Akhara Parishad will also observe lifestyle of individuals before conferring this title on them," he added. A senior functionary of the Akhara Parishad said that they had also decided that a saint cannot hold cash or have any assets in his name. All such things like assets and cash should belong to a trust and should be utilised for the welfare of the people at large," the functionary said.

Jain said that the people should also "cross-check" an individual's credentials before becoming their disciples. The Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad is the united body of 14 Akharas, including the Nirmohi Akhara which is the face of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in Ayodhya.

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