When Asaram Bapu was arrested, Narayan Sai burst into the limelight with vigour. He was forty-one at the time, born in January 1972. Asaram’s closest aides handled all the work that needed to be done managing the godman’s empire, while Narayan Sai started to appear in the media. Read an excerpt from Ushinor Majumdar's book God of Sin.
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Asaram Bapu's rise and downfall: Journalist Ushinor Majumdar on his book God of Sin, why god-men hold sway in India
Speaking about Asaram Bapu's influence, Ushinor Majumdar said that many godmen have a symbiotic relationship with powerful political leaders, where both feed off each other’s clout. He says this is where the line needs to be drawn, especially since politicians may not know what the godman is up to behind closed doors