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What makes a saint?

Indians use fancy titles to project their holiness. That is why Adityanath uses the prefix 'Yogi' and Das uses 'Acharya'

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Yogi Adityanath  |  Uttar Pradesh  |  Ayodhya

Aakar Patel 



Aakar Patel

There is only one real way that an Indian escapes caste. This is, of course, through asceticism. The sadhu, the monk and the nun are not seen through the lens of his or her caste. Their giving up the business of the world and its material possessions includes surrendering their caste identity. Other than this valve, there is no other release for an Indian on the matter of caste. I was thinking about this when I came across an unusual story reported a few days ago out of by the wire agency ANI. It said that “in order to keep a tab on the growing number of culprits, hiding in and around city dressed as saints, the district administration of Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad is conducting a verification process of all the citizens residing in the area.”

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 21:23 IST

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