For all the froth about not mixing religion with politics, the genuflection of politicians before “godmen” is a common sight in Indian democracy.
From presidents to prime ministers to chief ministers, from MPs to MLAs to MLCs—from Congress to BJP to JDS to name your party—not a word is uttered, not an eyebrow goes up, when swamijis sit a notch above democratically elected leaders in public fora, when they fall at their lotus feet.
Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa received his blessings from Sri Balagangadharanath swamiji of the Adichunchunagiri Mutt in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Photograph: Karnataka Photo News