It is a question that has often intrigued me. Each time there is a Kumbh Mela, tens of thousands of sadhus appear, seemingly out of nowhere. As the world media train their cameras, the sadhus march naked and then snarl or emote into the lenses. These images are relayed around the globe by enthusiastic TV channels: at one Kumbh, a British terrestrial channel even had a daily (yes, daily!) show on events at the mela.
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First Published: Fri, June 07 2019. 21:23 IST