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Sambhar Mafia - Cooked To Kill!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The now familiar Outlook cover story

With cover stories like this, Outlook will probably be an acquisition target for ToI as both seem to be treading the same path. One of the related articles talks about how innocent devotees are falling prey to godmen. Lot of vernacular investigative magazines in TN have made a fortune by covering stories like these. These exposes have caught on so much that such stories have become the mainstay of the vernacular press.

There is, of course, the big guru of sin and shame, Swamy Premananda of Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu. In April this year, the Supreme Court upheld the sentences awarded to him by the Madras High Court and the sessions court of Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu. He had been sentenced to two life sentences for raping 13 girls, including his own niece, and murdering a man. The Sri Lankan-born godman, who migrated to India in 1984, had managed to build up a following of a few lakh devotees spread over many countries within a few years.

Look like his legacy still lives on


  • Why not Capital Punishment?
    These so called God Man put us all in Shame...

    By Blogger Rags, at 3:38 PM  

  • Rags,
    Good suggestion. i hope they implement it.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 5:12 PM  

  • I read yesterday in SURYA"s blog about an article in Outlook and now this one.!!

    These idiots don't deserver life sentences, they have to be hanged..not alone..but with their believers ( MHO).!!

    By Blogger Narayanan Venkitu, at 5:25 PM  

  • dude kaps,

    i am seriously shocked to see premananda's website. i am not a devotee of sai baba, never have been..but still that was kind of disturbing too.

    By Blogger Hawkeye, at 9:24 PM  

  • They need people to talk about them... As far as newspapers are talking about them, these many people may come up again and again like this. Nothing to stop them...

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 9:14 AM  

  • @Venkitu Sir,
    Given the current laws in India hanging looks unachievable

    I was also shocked to see that active meetings and gathering are happening all over the world

    Newspapers and magazines do cover godmen extensively.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 3:28 AM  

  • Hi why not...did you read the news today?

    By Blogger Narayanan Venkitu, at 2:07 PM  

  • Please.... Don't compare Outlook with ToI crap. Outlook carries such cover story once a year. The real fun is to "rants and raves" after two weeks. People take dig at Outloook mercilessly and Outlook honestly publishes all those letters. One comment you will always find is - "what else will you expect from a former editor of Debonair?".

    By Blogger Shashikant, at 7:46 PM  

  • @Venkitu Sir,
    I didn't read it. Anything special?

    I feel that Outlook has started carrying more of such stories in the recent past. Although Outlook might be candid in publish the reader's comments the unfortunate point is that not many people read those letters. If Outlook continues to do so it will become a weekly edition of ToI.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 4:39 PM  

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