IEO PROFILE: Chandraswamy, Disgraced Godman and Kingmaker
India has throngs of bogus holy men, but few are as successful or controversial as Chandraswamy, 47, who looks like an over-fed werewolf. Wearing white robes and with golden talismans clanking around his neck, the hairy "godman", as the Indian press calls him, was led off by police to Tihar jail, one of the most violent prisons in Asia.
Tim McGirkis the South Asia correspondent for the Independent of London, and The Sydney Morning Herald of Australia. He is also the author of a book on Salvadore Dali's wife. McGirk lives with his wife and two sons in New Delhi.