Fake Baba List – ABAP

Swami Narendra Giri

Godman ListThe Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), the apex body of Hindu sadhus, released on Sunday what it said was a list of fake saints even as it demanded a crackdown on “rootless cult leaders”.

The move by the ABAP, which is an umbrella organisation of 13 recognised akharas, or monastic orders, came against the backdrop of a series of controversies surrounding self-styled godmen, including Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who has been convicted of rape.

Releasing the list—which includes Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Haryana cult leader Rampal, rape accused Asaram and his son Narayan Sai, the group’s president, Swami Narendra Giri, said: “We appeal to even the common people to beware of such charlatans who belong to no tradition and by their questionable acts, bring disrepute to sadhus and sanyasis.”

After a brief meeting attended by representatives of various akharas at Math Baghambari Gaddi in Allahabad’s Allahpur, Giri made the names public and said these self-proclaimed godmen were maligning the image of saints.

“We are going to send copies of this list to the Centre, the state governments as well as all the opposition parties with the demand that a strong legislation be brought to check the activities of these self-styled cult leaders,” Giri told reporters.

He said the ABAP will release another list of 28 fake godmen after Diwali, and appealed to boycott these so-called spiritual gurus. – Hindustan Times, 11 September 2017

5 Responses

  1. Why the heck is Swami Aseemanand in this list. He was falsely implicated along with Sadhvi Pragya, Lt. Col. Purohit in the Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Dargah Sharif, Malegaon and the Samjhauta Expresses blasts by Kaangress and forces inimical to India. Sadhvi Pragya and Lt. Col. Purohit have already been given bail…..Swami A, may follow soon. When will the (mahatmas) at ABAP learn that improperly researched assertions and public statements do more to hurt the cause of Hindus in Mera Bhaarat Maahaan!


  2. Pray tell! How are we copying the Abrahamic religions by identifying fake sadhus?

    A hundred years ago militant Naga Babas could challenge any sadhu wearing gerua or mala and if they were unable to identify themselves or their practice in a satisfactory way, would give them jal samadhi in the Ganga.

    Unfortunately this deterrent to fake sadhus and other kinds of self-obsessed holy men is not allowed today in our secular socialist India that is Bharat.

    What the ABAP might concern themselves with are the Christian missionaries who dress up like sadhus in order to insinuate themselves into society and harvest Hindu souls for Jesus. In any other country dressing up as a priest or monk is a criminal offence if the dresser-upper is not a priest or monk. But in our tolerant India these impersonating scoundrels get away with it easily and are even encouraged in the deceit by witless universalist Hindus of all kinds.


  3. Yes indeed! Bangaluru can claim at least two fake babas—and a fake avatar too!


  4. This is totally unwarranted. Fake babas can be easily investigated and punished. Just because the Congress government did not do their duty it does not mean we should copy the Abrahamic religions.


  5. The list is hardly complete. Our beautiful Bangaluru could contribute at least two names.


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