Seer Of Kanchi Blurry To Some
File under: Gurus Doin' Time
A quaint quirk of the Indian news media is their tendency to give godmen the benefit of the doubt. The Shankaracharya of Kanchi, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, is a kind of regional pope in South India who just happens to be under indictment for murder and assault. But you wouldn't know it reading this:
Kanchi seer Sri Jayendra Saraswathi honoured 113 musicians, harikatha exponents, Tamil scholars and Sanskrit students at the 113th Jayanthi celebration of Paramacharya Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi organised here by the Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Peetarohana Shatabdi Mahotsav Trust yesterday.You can find this kind of soft-peddling whenever gurus are being covered by the papers in India. It reveals the power of the concept of guru as it is generally defined within Hinduism. This is the fallow field from which the fauxvatars enjoy their bountiful harvest. Apparently, the media in India don't want to mess with that yet.
That's ok. We'll keep doing it for them.