5.0 out of 5 starsGet the real Facts about Ram Rahim.
7 October 2018
I am from Sirsa and I Purchased this book just to check whether it is another media shit or something else. Surprisingly it's a good piece of work describing almost everything Baba Ram Rahim has done throughout 25 years of his alleged Guruship.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, was convicted in 2017 on double charges of rape. Singh had portrayed himself as a godman and sometimes as God.
Many will be familiar with his arrest. The book ‘Dera Sacha Sauda’ however, tells the story of the people who were involved in bringing out this crucial information and ensuring that the Dera chief was made to answer for his crimes.
Anurag Tripathi has successfully captured the environment that persisted in Sirsa including the dangers that he along with many others faced when they started to take a stance against the Dera’s stronghold. It reflects the nexus between terrorists, godmen and politicians in the two states (Punjab and Haryana).
The detailed account of the investigation and the the background information in the book make for an extremely chilling experience. No words have been minced while recounting the horrors that the Dera followers braved. Tripathi encapsulates careful details about the Dera chief’s henchmen and the way they were recruited.
The reader thus is compelled to double check the veracity of the torch bearers of religious sects. There is a hidden reality that is unveiled in this extremely compelling book.
Anurag Tripathi has done a fantastic job bringing out the beastly face of the self styled god man Gurmeet. The devil should always languish behind bars for the henious crimw he has carried out brazenly over the years. Its also a bitter truth that all the political parties and politicians are hand in glove with the many self styled godmen that this country has. Its bcos they want their foolish disciples to vote for them blindly. A sad state of affairs for this country. However kudos to Anurag once again for detailing in dept the whole story of Gurmeet.
Anurag Tripathi's first book is exactly what you expect a writer's first book to be --- honest, sincere, sensitive and raw...all at the same time.
But Tripathi's first literary outing goes beyond the expected. It combines reportage with a higher message ; thriller with a soul. It's almost impossible to put it down once you've started. A definite page turner, it deals with complex topics in the most sensitive manner.
Its theme, without doubt, is the rise and fall of Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim, but what makes this book special is the way Tripathi weaves the stories of people whose lives have been ill-affected by Gurmeet Singh. Without sensationalising, Tripathi has been able to leave the reader with a message that's perhaps larger than the investigation itself. This is what separates Anurag Tripathi from many other journalist-authors.
A riveting read, its an investigative journalist's account which is shocking and nerving about a crime syndicate in garb of a Dera. But its also a story of grit and determination of the author and his team in unearthing the godman's deeds against all odds. Its story of hope and helplessness of the victims fighting for justice. Lastly, its also a grim account of blind faith prevelant in our country for many such godmen. Author keeps the narrative straight and taught. Within less than 200 pages, he covers not only the journey of decade long investigation but also a longer journey of making of the godman. The simple and easy storytelling keeps the going interesting and kudos that he has not ventured into the territory of sensationalism and sub plots (though scope remains ). Its an eye opener and a must read.
A well written book done on journalistic investigation, done diligently sticking basically to facts. The Author has deliberately kept aside other related topics which would have made it juicier and would have made it a run of the mill product.