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Why?

“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide.” – Albert Camus

Who is this man?

What is it that he sees??

Why is he so distraught?

Why is he angry with the RSS and the VHP?

Why hasn’t he stepped into the temple for nearly 5 months?

Why does he say that the politicians have prostituted religion?

Why does he question the activities of the head-honchoes of the temple Trust?

Why does he say that he is a Hindu but does not follow the Hindutva mind-set?

Why does he say that certain people are waiting for him to die or an opportunity to kill him?

Why does he beat his chest and cry out to ‘Dattatrey’ to get out of him?

Why does he wail for the country?

Why is he contemplating suicide?

Panditji Maharaj has served the Dattatrey temple for nearly 29 years and I have known him since 1998. I am not a religious person but make it a point to pay my respects to him, as-and-when I visit Kalo Dungar. We always talked, but this time, I just sat there, hardly breathing, as he spoke with tears running down his cheeks. It was absolutely un-nerving to see him in this state and the worst moment was when he showed me the silk rope he has made – to hang himself.

Why? Why? Why?

 

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