Many take him as an Indian version of a pontiff. He is Asaram Bapu, a saint, a priest, a Dharam Guru, a sermoniser, and a magic wand to solve all the problems of his disciples within moments. His disciples consider him as an incarnation of the God Himself. Calling it a religious ritual, he celebrates Holi, most significant a festival, every year a few days before it falls due. It’s an event of rejoicings. This time it has been held at Nagpur with Asaram Bapu in a lead role to bless the gathering as usual in his style of mimicry well dressed like a king. He showered water upon the crowd using special water lifting machines from one corner to the other seeing to it that no section of the gathering was left unblessed. This mode of sprinkling water on the devotees amounts to wastage of lakhs of litres of water, and it is on the face of the fact that Maharashtra as a whole is in the grip of severe drought, the worst of its kind in the last forty years. When this was pointed out to Asaram Bapu, his reply was that the loss was nothing in comparison to his blessings extended to his devotees. How ridiculous? He is already the one involved in several scandals including corruption in acquiring 700 acres of land at Nagpur, and it is not surprising if he has audacity to justify the huge wastage of water hypocritically in the name of so called ‘ashirvad’ to the gathering. There can be no worse an instance of hypocrisy than this.