In reality, ministers are appointed on political grounds to
represent all states, communities and vested interests.
the upper house of parliament designed to add professional
expertise, special talent and wisdom is also selected on the
very same basis, except for a handful of members from sports and
In addition to discoursing on leading spiritual masters and
almost every spiritual path to enlightenment, Osho has talked
extensively on politics and social issues.
During the 60s and 70s, he delivered over a dozen lecture
series on politics that were also published in the form of
The titles of these books in Hindi are the best indication of
his grasp of political and social realities that are even more
‘Bharat key Jalte Prashan’ or Burning Questions of India
dealing with corruption, population and communal violence among
‘Bharat ka Bhavish’ or Future of India, ‘Naye Bharat
ki Khoj’ or Search for New India, ‘Naye Samaj ki Khoj’
or Search for New Society and ‘Naye Bharat ka Janam’
or Birth of New India; all focused on what India can become.
His devastating attack on the sham values of society and
politics came in ‘Pandit, Purohit aur Rajneta: Manav Atma ka
Shoshak’ or Pundit, Priest and Politician: Mafia of the
Socialism was in the news in those days and so Osho provided
his insight with ‘Samajvad Arthat Atamhatya’ or Socialism
is Suicide and ‘Samajvad se Saivdhaan’ or Beware of
Osho’s discourses and book, ‘Bharat Gandhi aur Main’
or 'India, Gandhi and I' dissected the contribution and
persona of the father of the Indian nation with startling views
about his personal behavior which shocked many Gandhi admirers.
But Osho was vindicated with a Bollywood movie, ‘Gandhi My
Father’ in 2007 which dared to present these unsavoury
Osho’s tour de force happened in 1985 with a front-page
coverage headed ‘If I Ran India’ in the Illustrated
Weekly of India, the top magazine of that time.
Stretching over 15 pages, his sensational insights on
politics, governance, corruption, communal violence, population,
education and related topics stunned and shook readers across
These insights have stood the test of time and are equally
relevant today, over thirty years down the line.
Asked about leaders, Osho says:
"A leader is a political phenomenon, and all
politicians—without any exception—suffer from an inferiority
And the people who suffer from an inferiority complex are
bound to get into politics, into leadership, so that they can
prove to themselves and to the world that they are not inferior,
they are superior."
On corruption - Osho says:
"Man will remain corrupted till we stop interfering with his
nature. Corruption is a by-product.
"If somebody somewhere is corrupted, that means his nature
has been interfered with.
"And you will never be able to find the real culprit; you
will catch hold of this poor man who is a victim.
"In your courts, the people who are being judged and
sentenced, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death are not the
real culprits, they are victims - victims of a society which has
forced them to move in a certain way, to become a certain way
which they never wanted.