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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Osho and The Art Of Making It Up

Why do some of our journalists find Rajanish fascinating? We don't know. This has always been a mystery to us. We have tried reading some of his stuff and found them pretentious, boring and full of bromides.

Mr.Bhat seems to like him. A lot. Especially so when Osho talks about journalists and journalism. See the articles here and here.

The most important thing that a journalist must not do IS providing false or incorrect information. Then again, Osho was not a journalist.

In the second article linked above, Mr.Bhat approvingly quotes Osho extensively. As per Osho, Abraham Lincoln's father was a shoe-maker and when Lincoln was elected the US President, one of the senators used that 'fact' in his efforts to embarrass Lincoln.

The entire staff of 108 Sullu World H.Q. (the grand total of one!) tried hard and long to confirm the 'facts' that Lincoln's father was a shoe maker, and that Lincoln was ridiculed in the Senate on that count. Tried as hard as we did, we found nothing to back these claims. Except of course, Osho's own words..

Did Lincoln's father ever make shoes? We don't know. But, it is fairly well known that Lincoln's father was a farmer and a carpenter.

It also appears Lincoln did not particularly get along well with his father. In fact when his father was in his death-bed, Lincoln did not visit him. Nor did he attend his funeral. (Source:The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1953–55 )

We have two complaints about Mr.Bhat's article: 1) He should have fact-checked Osho's words before quoting them as truths. 2) Mr.Bhat's article, as written is not very clear as to where Mr.Bhat's words end and Osho's words begin; a bit more clarity in writing would have been helpful.

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