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Good Gurus Don't Make Money?

In my column "Without Contempt" in Business Standard, I wrote about the disconnect between the business regulatory framework in India and what businesses actually need for growth and success. I placed the thesis in the context of the resounding commercial success of empires of gurus. Now, the subject of gurus presiding over wealthy empires is a prickly and sensitive subject. That commercial success is itself seen as stigmatizing in India, is borne out by some of the tweets that my column attracted from devotees of gurus...
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Shopping For Spirituality

Recently a shrink friend of mine forwarded me a message revealing the top 10 most successful "gurus" in India. They were ranked based on their number of followers and their net worth. Spirituality has become big business where we get to pick and choose our leaders. Besides, unlike trying to get into a college, there is no stress in applying for a programme - you can be pretty sure you'll get admission. Perhaps that is what makes shopping for spirituality so mentally satisfying.