For years, I was searching for the 1985 cover story on Osho, in India´s then best news weekly - “Illustrated weekly of India.”
For me, this reportage is one of the finest journalistic milestones in an Indian publication. The then Editor of the Illustrated weekly, Pritish Nandy, went to Oregon to interview Osho.
I still remember how excited I was to see Osho on the cover of the Illustrated weekly. During those days, once a week, I used to go to the Bus-stand book stall, to inquire about any magazine where any thing about Osho was being published. I was collecting all such magazines.
Thirty years later, I still remember the happy face of the stall owner when he handed me this copy. I think the price was 5 Rupees at that time.
Other than an Interview with Osho, the most amazing thing was to see a double color spread of a Nude Sheela.
The way Osho was!, the provocative Osho, , he had apparently instructed Sheela to give a nude spread for its shock value. It also shows, what kind of liberal world Osho wished to create. Naturalism I say is part of Osho´s way of life.
I was a 22 years old Sikh disciple who has never seen a naked woman until then. The round perky breasts of the then 35 years old Ma Sheela really left impressions on my psyche. ( Lols)
Now that I have found again the story in its PDF form, Osho´s interview and photo feature will be a fitting tribute to the memory of Rajneeshpuram. The city of a world spirituality, which died an untimely death because of internal bleeding and outer political pressure.
Here I am, sharing the link of the Illustrated News article from 1985, ” What is Rajneesh up to.”
30 years later, it is good to contemplate over the then sannyasin lifestyle, and the dreams and visions which have almost have become part of the history. The golden past, which to me has left a fractured present with a bleak future.