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Who is Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh?

On the day of the verdict on a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief, here is everything you need to know about Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 25, 2017 12:45 pm
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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, 50, is the head of spiritual sect Dera Sacha Sauda, which was established by Mastaa Balochistani, on April 29, 1948. The headquarter of the sect is located in Sirsa district of Haryana and has over 46 ashrams spread all across the country. But Ram Rahim is not an ordinary godman. In his Twitter profile, he describes himself as “Spiritual Saint/Philanthropist/Versatile Singer/Allrounder Sportsperson/Film Director/Actor/Art Director/Music Director/ Writer/Lyricist/Autobiographer/DOP”. He has worked as actor, director, music composer and writer on several films including highly successful “MSG: The Messenger trilogy”.

According to Asia Book of Records, he currently holds the record for performing most roles and responsibilities in a single film (He performed 43 roles and responsibilities in MSG 2).

He was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke film foundation Award for most popular actor, director and writer in 2016. Apart from films, he also has recorded albums under Universal Label. His last album Highway Love charger sold over 3 million copies in the first three days. He has also performed at over 100 rock shows where he perform music based on new genre “Religious rock”.

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He was also nominated for the Dronacharya Award by the Yoga Federation of India (YFI) for producing “World Champion Yogis”. Ram Rahim has also started his “MSG” range of “swadeshi and “organic” products in 2015. His business is looked after by young followers of the sect, who live inside the Dera in Sirsa.

Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insaan AKA MSG founder of Dera Saccha Sauda during Idea Exchange at Noida Office. Express Photo by Abhinav Saha. 26.09.2016.

According to Dera functionaries, Ram Rahim has contributed in motivating millions to perform selfless services. The functionaries also claim that under him, the sect itself has devoted to humanitarian tasks such as blood and organ donation and providing education to the needy. He has organised several drives for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterola screening. He also pledged his support towards Central government’s Swachh Bharat campaign and organised series of sanitation drives in 2016 in several states.

In 2016, Ram Rahim was awarded with Giants International Award for his social works to society.

Early life of the Dera Sacha Sauda Chief

Spiritual leader Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh takes part at a cleanliness drive at the Amar Jawan Jyoti during a Swach Bharat Abhiyan programme at Janpath in Jaipur on Sunday. Express Photo by Rohit Jain Paras. 02.10.2016.

Gurmeet was born in Sri Gurusar Modia village in Sri Ganganagar district in Rajasthan on August 15, 1967. He was the only child. His father was a landlord and worked at a farm. In his childhood, he helped his father in the farm. According to his followers, Gurmeet was spiritual, even as a child. He was taken in by Shah Satnam Singh, the then head of the Dera Sacha Sauda, who anointed him as Ram Rahim. In 1990, Satnam Singh invited his disciples from all over the country, where he announced the 23-year old Gurmeet Ram Rahim as his successor.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s wide popularity

The Dera Sacha Sauda chief enjoys a massive following. In 2015, the Indian Express placed Singh at position 96 in the list of 100 most powerful Indians. The Dera chief has been designated as one of the VVIPs in the country and has been provided with a Z+ security cover by the Government of India. He was awarded with the most versatile personality of the year by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in February 2017.

Criminal cases against Ram Rahim

Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim ‘Insan’ at the premier of his film ‘Jattu Engineer’ on Wednesday in New Delhi. Express Photo by Amit Mehra. 17.05.2017.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim has also become a subject of several controversies over the years. Since 2002, he has been named in several cases dealing with rape, murder and forced castration. In 2002, an anonymous letter to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, alleged that the sect had sexually exploited two “sadhvis” and a case of sexual exploitation was registered against him. It was also alleged that Ram Rahim warned her not to talk about the incident, threatening her with his political influences in the state. CBI court in Panchkula is set to pronounce the verdict in the case on Friday afternoon.

The Dera chief was also named in the murder of a journalist murder case dating back to 2002 and the forced castration of some sadhus in 2015.

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    AKSGHAY SHARMA
    Sep 20, 2017 at 7:25 pm
    HOW THESE KINDS OF ACTS ARE HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY AND THE GOVERMENT OF HARYANA IS NOT TAKING ANY GOOD ACTION TO FIND THE GIRL WHO HAD GONE TO NEPAL.THE GOVERMENT SHOULD TAKE ANY STEP AND THAT GIRL ALSO SHOULD BE PUNISHED AND SHOULD BE PUT IN JAIL.HOW THE 47 ARMY MEN WERE PUT INTO DEATH AT THAT TIME CM OF HARYANA WAS SLEEPINGLASTLY T IWANT TO SAY THAT THESE KIND OF VICTIM SHOULD BE PUNISHED IN UNMANNERED WAY.
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      reader one
      Aug 27, 2017 at 7:50 pm
      Don't know, how come his movement got so pervasive. Anyways, let me ask you why is he having 60 million followers? And his followers also include qualified persons and doctors. I was shocked to find out “Saint’s followers also include educated individuals. There are some scholarly pieces bearing his (revered) name in their dedications" s: hubpages /literature/Introducing-Gurmeet-RR-Singh-And-Academic-followers
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        reader one
        Aug 27, 2017 at 7:49 pm
        Don't know, how come his movement got so pervasive. Anyways, let me ask you why is he having 60 million followers? And his followers also include qualified persons and doctors. I was shocked to find out “Saint’s followers also include educated individuals. There are some scholarly pieces bearing his (revered) name in their dedications.” s: hubpages /literature/Introducing-Gurmeet-RR-Singh-And-Academic-followers
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          Bimal Roy
          Aug 25, 2017 at 11:15 pm
          The name of the Government which awarded Dada Saheb Phalke award and provided security to Swami Ji should be written in the history with gold.
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            Shobhit Garg
            Aug 26, 2017 at 8:46 am
            Absolutely. Dada Saheb Phalke award was a prestigious award until 2016..it seems to be going the padma sri way.
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            cg
            Aug 25, 2017 at 9:33 pm
            Giants award today has become a treasure to possess and is a symbol of respect. The galaxy of achievers include Amithabh Bachan, Dr. Homi Sethna, Mother Theresa, Nani Palkiwala, Dr. Valiyathan Dilip Kumar, Pandurange Shasthri Adavle, R.K Lakshman, Maduri Dixit, Sunil Gavasker, Adi Godrej, Lata Mangeshkar, Ratan Tata, Aditya Birla, Field Marshal Manekshah, Kumara Mangalam Birla 2016 - Revered Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan by Dera Sach Sauda, Sirsa Haryana. The Award was conferred at a glittering ceremony at Mumbai’s Trident Hotel by the Giants International Committee, on Sa ay 17 September 2016, by the Union Minister Prakash Javadekar , who was the chief guest at the 44th Giants Day the Award Ceremony . It was presided by PadamShree Nana Chudasama ,the world chairm
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