The faith of Taakatism today chose a new leader in a closed ceremony which only followers of the faith were allowed to attend. According to their website, the ‘International Taakatism Association’, which claims to represent Taakatists worldwide, elects a new leader (called a ‘Shikara’) every 8 years. Unfortunately, due to the closed nature of the ceremony, we at TSW have no way of knowing how this leader is elected. This process is not mentioned on their website.
The new Shikara is a man called Sanjay Bhatt, a second generation immigrant to the UK from India. He takes over from the last one, a man named John McManus.
We contacted the International Taakatism Association for an interview, but nobody was available. They did however provide us with a written statement, saying “Today we elected Sanjay Bhatt as the 65th Shikara. Mr Bhatt is well known for his hands-on approach, that differs from the highly knowledgeable command of the scriptures of his predecessor. We wish him all the best in his new role.”
Taakatism claims to represent a lineage of Indian teachers going back 500 years. There has however been controversy with this group recently regarding their belief in the since disproven claims made by Dr. Masaru Emoto regarding emotions and prayer having effects on water.