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Many are confounded by the blind devotion to a "religious" figure -- especially one who has serious criminal charges levelled against him. Why did they have to arrest the comedian? Where does it all end? Putting aside for the moment the dark possibility that the whole sordid episode was a calculated and carefully calibrated threat sent out to the country by the opponents of free speech, perhaps we should ask why followers of a (quasi) religious movement found it so hard to take a joke on their leader.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it God? Is it Rajinikanth, who's a combination of all of those? No - its Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head of a religious sect known as the Dera Sacha Sauda, who, in his b...