Dera Saccha Sauda and Gurmeet Ram Rahim : A Decade-long Investigation
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How did a nondescript young man from a farming family become the head of a quasi-religious sect with a million followers, willing to die and kill for their 'Pitaji'? The story of the rise of 'Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan Maharaj' of the wildly popular Dera Saccha Sauda, was anything but ordinary. It allegedly involved gory murders, sexual exploitation, forced castrations, private militias, illegal trade in arms and opium, land grab at an untold scale, until the self-styled godman was convicted for one of his many crimes in August 2017. The book opens with an anonymous letter, which led to the first-ever journalistic investigation, in 2007-Tehelka's 'Operation Jhootha Sauda'-into the reported criminal activities at the Dera. In the years since, the author continued to document those waging lonely battles for justice against the powerful godman with the might of the Dera's machinery and manpower behind him. This book is as much about the grit and determination of ordinary citizens fighting power systems, as it is about the depravity of a man and how he was ultimately brought to justice.
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