"To err is human. One must not take that into account. It is harmful for oneself. One gets into the habit of finding fault," Saradamani Mukhopadhyay, better known as Sarada Devi or Maa Sarada, had said.
But even in her wildest imaginations-the spiritual leader, who was Ramakrishna Paramhansa's wife-must not have thought that Sudipta Sen, the chairman of the Saradha group, which has allegedly defrauded thousands of depositors, would take her words so seriously.
Bengal's most wanted in one of the biggest financial frauds, Sen's biological parents were Nripendra Narayan Sen and Ranu Kana Sen (so says his passport).
But that's not interesting enough.
In an 18-page "suicide note" to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Sen has declared himself as the only son of Maa Saradha (that's how he spells the name).
"I am a strong follower of Maa Saradha (wife of Sri Sri Ram Krishna Paramhansa Deb) and I have fully dedicated myself to her and I have always treated myself to be the only son of Maa Saradha and have started my business not for becoming a rich man but to establish the ideals and ideologies of Maa Saradha, to help the poor and the needy, and to give a better life to the people of rural and semi-urban area of India," the letter said. That thousands of people from villages and small towns are now baying for his blood, courtesy his business, is another story.
Text: Ishita Ayan Dutt, Business Standard