Indian guru Ram Rahim arrives for a press conference ahead of the release of his new film MSG: The Warrior Lion Heart, in New Delhi, India. Photo: AP

Forget Charles Manson: why Indian gurus are a cult above the West

India’s godmen make billions, sway political fortunes, and hold entire cities to ransom – as the aftermath of Ram Rahim’s jailing shows. So what’s behind their unholy hold on the public imagination?

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Indian guru Ram Rahim arrives for a press conference ahead of the release of his new film MSG: The Warrior Lion Heart, in New Delhi, India. Photo: AP
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