4 min read.Updated: 08 Dec 2019, 09:08 PM ISTManu Joseph
The spiritual guru’s idea of a special homeland for the persecuted is not entirely outlandish
About three years ago, a man who was once a techie proposed a startup idea to a large audience: Indians who had insights into the afterlife should approach billionaires, “like Bill Gates", and ask them to put billions in a trust for safekeeping that Indians would then return in the next birth of the depositors, “when we find you". There was applause. On stage with the man was the chief dignitary of the event, Nithyananda, who was then, as he is today, considered a spiritual being by thousands of Indians. He nodded with a slow blink, exactly what Tamilians do when they want to express calm, honest certainty about something they are not certain about. “If we do a bit more research and establish the authority," he said, “it is possible." They were serious, these are very serious men.