Curious case of Nirmal Baba- Godman or a Fraud?

Curious case of Nirmal Baba- Godman or a Fraud?

WakeIndiaNow was served a legal notice by an eminent lawyer representing  Nirmaljit Singh Narula to take down this article. The notice terms this article as baseless and defamatory and warns of both civil and criminal liabilities under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 as well as under Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code. We also received requests from several members of Nirmal Darbar to take down this article, one such response has been appended at the end.

Editor’s Note–>
Very much as Mr. Nirmal
Narula has the right to freedom of expression, so have we. Author here presents his point of view. It is his point of view that he presents to the world. This in no way intends or otherwise defames anyone. We strive to present the truth and are convinced that we have done no wrong. We fully abide by section 66A and section 499 of IPC. If this write-up is defamatory by any standards, we have appended a counter argument and its upto the readers to decide on Nirmal Baba- Godman or a Fraud?

Can one recover from loss in business just by feeding biscuits to the stray cows? 
Can a black wallet bring windfall in one’s life?
Can one get successful in life just by eating a banana? ?
Can one do away with the family feuds just by eating ‘pani puri’?  
Will one fail in exams, if he has not seen any dog with straight tail for a while? 
Well while most of us would prefer not to answer these questions in affirmation, there are others, just of our age, wit and wisdom, who shell out more than Rs 2000 to attend the ‘darbar’ of Nirmal baba only to get these ridiculous solutions to their problems.He also has the audacity to unscrupulously demand 10% of the salary from his followers.

Nirmal Baba alias Nirmaljeet Singh Nerula is the talk of the town these days. This self proclaimed godman has been roaming across India, conducting his ‘darbars’or ‘samagams’ in all major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai etc. People come into these ‘darbars’ to get solution to their insoluble problems; they are required to pay an entry fee of Rs 2000 to attend these meetings. These ‘darbars’ are aired on various channels,  To name a few, India TV has taken to 24*7 publicity and telecast of Nirmal ‘Darbar’ as it appears more profitable than reporting daily news. The show ‘Third Eye of Nirmal baba is aired on more than 40 channels including Star, Aaj Tak and Sab TV.  Given the publicity, these ‘darbars’ are always full to capacity. 

What amazes me is gullibility of Indian Crowd. The solution that Nirmal Nerula provides have no logical standing. Most of them are not even remotely related to the problem and are simply out of this world. It appears as if he speaks whatever crosses his mind without giving it a second thought. Anyone with brain inside his head, will out-rightly reject his ridiculous solutions. But to top it all, there are millions of people, who blindly believe in whatever he says and follow his instructions; expecting a change in fate.

One needs to read the human psychology to understand the wide acceptability of Nirmal ‘Darbar’. Well most of those who attend these ‘darbars’ have utterly failed in life. With all doors closed, they turn to Nirmal baba for help. Though his suggestions provide momentary hope, they are thoroughly irrational and futile and have no practical implications. The fact that he cashes on the plight of masses  is really shameful.

While the youth brigade was quick to follow Nirmal baba, Tanya Thakur (16) and her brother Aditya (13), children of IPS officer Amitabh and social activist Nutan Thakur, have set an example by questioning his authority. As a consequence of their application, a local court on Wednesday directed Lucknow police to register a case of fraud and cheating against  Nirmal Baba.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajesh Upadhyaya further directed Gomtinagar police to probe the matter and submit the report in the court. The Judge cited a 1999 Supreme Court ruling and said that if a person presents himself as godman capable of treating the disease by his super natural power and takes money for it, the action will fall under the category of fraud. 

With all that I have read and heard, I realize that there are two distinct school of thought on this issues. One (though in minority) who prefer to vehemently believe Nirmal Baba and the other which curses him for cheating the country in the name of religion. But I equally disagree with both. We can’t pass on the blame, we ourselves are more at fault. If in this 21st century, we still believe in such baseless suggestions and blind superstitions, some one or the other is bound to cheat us. Today we have Nirmal baba, tomorrow we will find someone else to squander our money upon.

Sources
Wikipedia
Times of India
Zee News

  
Response from one of the devotee of Nirmal Baba

We have reviewed the sources of your article “Curious case of Nirmal Baba- Godman or a Fraud? “. Wikipedia Times of India Zee News
Very few references are derived from these sources. However, most of the defamatory statements, tone of the article and allegations on Nirmal Baba are composed by the author of this article.

The following points which are false allegations and are defamatory in nature are not referenced in any of the above mentioned sources, and are presented as examples.

“Can one recover from loss in business just by feeding biscuits to the stray cows?
Can a black wallet bring windfall in one’s life?
Can one get successful in life just by eating a banana?
Can one do away with the family feuds just by eating ‘pani puri’?
Will one fail in exams, if he has not seen any dog with straight tail for a while?
Well while most of us would prefer not to answer these questions in affirmation, there are others, just of our age, wit and wisdom, who shell out more than Rs 2000 to attend the ‘darbar’ of Nirmal baba only to get these ridiculous solutions to their problems. He also has the audacity to unscrupulously demand 10% of the salary from his followers.”

The above section is by the author and not related to source. All the interpretations and allegations on section above are false and misconstrued with defamatory intent. Every aspect of followers that relate to them with Nirmal baba is purely voluntary. Demand 10% of salary is grossly misconstrued and defamatory, this is purely a voluntary offering with no binding on anyone.

Editor’s Note- 
I)Author referred to few sources as mentioned in the article. This in no way implies that one would expect exact citation from the source. In fact it would account to plagiarism and WakeIndiaNow is strictly against plagiarism. Authors generally frame their opinion based on these sources and are not limited by these sources. Hence your observation that some of the above lines are not related to any source neglects that fact that author has the right to express his opinion. As far as various examples cited above are concerned, if Mr. Nirmal Nerula didn’t give exactly same advice, his advices were quite similar. By your admission, you say Nirmal Nerula suggested a man to drink alcohol in front of his family rather than concealing it from his family members!!

As far as ‘10% of salary’ is issue is concerned, we never say that Mr Nirmal Nerula demands such amount on gun-point. Sure, it is voluntary, but what amazes us is his audacity to demand the same.

“What amazes me is gullibility of Indian Crowd. The solution that Nirmal Nerula provides have no logical standing. Most of them are not even remotely related to the problem and are simply out of this world. It appears as if he speaks whatever crosses his mind without giving it a second thought. Anyone with brain inside his head, will out-rightly reject his ridiculous solutions. But to top it all, there are millions of people, who blindly believe in whatever he says and follow his instructions; expecting a change in fate.”

This is purely authors content. The above content clearly questions intelligence of crores of Nirmal Baba followers. To misconstrue facts, cast allegations and use defamatory language under pretext of not able to understand what Nirmal Baba preaches is a definite case of maligning Nirmal Baba.

Editor’s Note-
II)”This is purely authors content”  is a compliment on our originality and we take pride of this. Author here is not questioning the intelligence of crores of Nirmal Baba
followers, but is presenting the scientific and logical view of the rest of India, which fortunately forms the majority.

“One needs to read the human psychology to understand the wide acceptability of Nirmal ‘Darbar’. Well most of those who attend these ‘darbars’ have utterly failed in life. With all doors closed, they turn to Nirmal baba for help. Though his suggestions provide momentary hope, they are thoroughly irrational and futile and have no practical implications. The fact that he cashes on the plight of masses is really shameful.”

Above paragraph again has not been taken from said links but are authors own words. Author has done no homework regarding Nirmal Baba because if he had made any effort he would see why masses follow him but his whole purpose seems to put his own thoughts to paper to defame Nirmal Baba by hook or crook. Again very defamatory and false statement.

Editor’s Note–>
Refer to explanation (I) and (II)

There are several other points in this article that are deliberate misrepresented to cast a negative image of Nirmal Baba. There have been counter cases on TV channels for false, defamatory news and on people who have done false cases on Nirmal Baba. Keeping that in mind this article is not at all neutral but has a very negative and defamatory tone.

Editor’s Note–>
Kindly specify other points as well, and we would be happy to get back to you. Now having published your response with counter arguments, we believe we have done justice with your side of the story as well.

Appeal to the readers
Curious case of Nirmal Baba- Godman or a Fraud? leaves it to your conscience to decide whether Nirmal Nerula is a Godman or a Fraud. If you are a follower of Nirmal baba and ,even after having understood our point of view, believe that he is a Godman, well it’s your call. 
We would love to listen to your response on this article.

First Published on 10th May,2012

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