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NRI guru gets his own day

He’s virtually unknown in India, and yet Nevada-based spiritual guru, NRI Rajan Zed is the face of Hindu spiritualism in the US.

entertainment Updated: May 17, 2010 01:01 IST
Namya Sinha

He’s virtually unknown in India, and yet Nevada-based spiritual guru, NRI Rajan Zed (above) is the face of Hindu spiritualism in the US. So much so, that he even has a day named after him.

Earlier this month, Geno Martini, the Mayor of Sparks, Nevada declared October 25 as Rajan Zed Day. Calling Zed a “religious statesman” he said, “He has brought honour to the state of Nevada through his efforts to reach others of different traditions and beliefs.”

Talking to HTCity, Zed said, “We shall continue our work to create trust among different traditions through more dialogue.”
An MBA from the University of Nevada-Reno, Zed has campaigned for the introduction of kirtans in the Grammys, fought against Heidi Klum’s Kali avatar at a private bash two years ago, and has “attempted to teach Julia Roberts the truth about spirituality”. His most recent fight was against popular US TV show Supernatural, in which the bad guys were shown to be reincarnations of some Hindu Gods.

However, not everyone is a fan of Zed’s drive. “There is a self-proclaimed pope-in-the-making for Hindus in America. Watch out for more publicity stunts,” says blogger Just Jo.

His pronunciation of Sanskrit verses is terrible. He is not fit to be called Hindu leader… he’s a demagogue, a nobody who found a niche. I thought fake Godmen lived only in India,” writes Eashwer Iyer online. “He would do very well in the US. In India, he has far too much competition,” posts Kevin.