PATNA: Bihar’s very own “Love Guru” has got caught in the intricacies of life. The man who abandoned his wife for a young disciple 14 years back has been ultimately left alone in the fag end of his life with his sweetheart turning to spirituality.
Matuk Nath Chaudhary, a 64-year-old university professor who married Julie Kumari, his student more than half his age, finds the situation really critical. While his family has broken all relations with him for his “quest for love”, his very own sweetheart whom he trusted the most too has “ditched” him ultimately.
“Nobody knows when situation change. That’s what happened with us. We lived together for nearly a decade, then Julie started getting detached from worldly affairs,” Chaudhary told a section of media on Monday, sounding a bit philosophical.
According to him, his sweetheart’s quest for spirituality began recently when she looked lost somewhere most of the time although she stayed with him. “Finally, we decided that she should follow her spiritual quest full-time,” Chaudhary revealed adding he wanted her to be “free top find peace”.
Professor’s world came crashing down when Julie started suddenly taking interest in spirituality some four years back and then began frequenting places like Rishikesh, Pudicherry and Osho Ashram in Pune in quest for mental calm.
The University professor had hit the media headlines when he married his student after falling in love. The Hindi professor had met Julie in his classroom for the first time in 2004 but very soon he got attracted towards her and finally entered into wedlock which even cost his job.
He first earned the ire of the university administration when he walked into the classroom at the BN College in Patna where he was employed, with his young disciple Julie, a Hindi researcher from JNU, and then delivered lectures on love as TV news channels aired all these Live. Subsequently, the university administration served him the so-cause notice while also placing him under suspension.
He annoyed the university administration further when he, during 2014 Lok Sabha elections, formed Prem Party (Love Party) with heart as his party symbol and love his poll plank. He even filed his nomination from Patnasahib Lok Sabha seat against Shatrughan Sinha (BJP) and Shekhar Suman (Congress) but his papers were rejected during the scrutiny.
The soft-spoken professor again hit the headlines during the 2010 Bihar assembly elections when he contested the elections as an Independent candidate while promising to set up “lovers’ parks” in Patna where lovers could meet quite easily. The idyllic setting – envisioned with plenty of trees and shrubs – will have therapists and counsellors on hand to dispense advice on love, sex and relationships, he had promised then although he lost badly.
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