Wise men of the Dera

Updated on May 19, 2007 12:21 PM IST

When confronted with a crisis, Dera Sacha Sauda relies on a group of 10 followers. Here is a look at the top five:

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Dr Aditya Arora A post-graduate in ophthalmology and an AIIMS graduate. He is Dera’s public face. Serves as chief medical officer of Shah Satnamji Specialty Hospitals, Sirsa. Joined the Dera hospital at Gursar Modiyan, the ancestral village of the Dera head in Sriganganagar 12 years ago.

Dr Prithviraj InsaanA paediatrician from Faridabad. Is the de facto head of Dera’s administrative work. A cancer survivor, he credits Dera chief for the cure.

Sampooran Singh An advocate. Coordinates Dera’s foreign wing. The Dera has branches in over 15 countries, including Australia, Canada and the United States.

Gurdas Singh Editor of Sach Kahun, a newspaper published by the Dera from Delhi and Sirsa. Attends all closed-door meetings of the Dera.

Harminder SinghJassi MLA from Bathinda. A member of the Dera’s seven-member political wing.

The Dera has five state-level committees from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Delhi and Rajasthan with 25 members each. Besides, it has a seven-member political wing for each state and several committees.

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