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NRI economist hailed as messiah

A British economist of Indian origin has been left perplexed after being hailed by a cult as its “chosen one” who it believes was hiding in the Himalayas for 2,000 years.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2010 00:50 IST

A British economist of Indian origin has been left perplexed after being hailed by a cult as its “chosen one” who it believes was hiding in the Himalayas for 2,000 years.

“I’m not the messiah... I’m just an economics expert,” an exasperated Raj Patel has been saying after being bombarded with email messages from followers of cult Share International across the world.

The cult, founded by Scotsman Creme in the 1950s, believes that the 18-million-year-old Maitreya — the “chosen one” — combines elements of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam.

It all began when Patel, 37, gave a television interview in the US in January to discuss his book, The Value of Nothing, on the global financial crisis.