Mar 302010

What an odd thing to find out about yourself…

I’m not the messiah, says food activist – but his many worshippers do not believe him

What he had written off as gobbledygook suddenly turned into something altogether more bizarre: he was being lauded by members of an obscure religious group who had decided that Patel – a food activist who grew up in a corner shop in Golders Green in north-west London – was, in fact, the messiah.
Their reasoning? Patel’s background and work coincidentally matched a series of prophecies made by an 87-year-old Scottish mystic called Benjamin Creme, the leader of a little-known religious group known as Share International. Because he matched the profile, hundreds of people around the world believed that Patel was the living embodiment of a figure they called Maitreya, the Christ or “the world teacher”.
His job? To save the world, and everyone on it.
“It was just really weird,” he said. “Clearly a case of mistaken identity and clearly a case of people on the internet getting things wrong.”

Psshhhhh. Silly religious nutters, they don’t know who the *real* Messiah is…

However, it looks like his politics come close…

Patel’s career – spent at Oxford, LSE, the World Bank and with thinktank Food First – has been spent trying to understand the inequalities and problems caused by free market economics, particularly as it relates to the developing world.

His first book, Stuffed and Starved, rips through the problems in global food production and examines how the free market has worked to keep millions hungry (Naomi Klein called it dazzling, while the Guardian’s Felicity Lawrence said it was “an impassioned call to action”).


 Posted by at 9:57 pm
  • trix

    Attention !!!
    Raj Patel could be the false prophet.

    To all Christians read the 2. Thessalonians Chapter 2.
    The rapture of Jesus Christ is coming soon.

    Here are the links:—raj-patel

  • Michael Llaneza

    And let’s not knock people for working on world hunger. It’s been a while since I’ve run the numbers, but there’s enough food nobody needs to go hungry. Ever. It’s adistribution problem controlled more by ideologies than economics.

  • Pat Flannery

    Patel was on the Colbert Report a while back, and Colbert had a field day with the messiah report when it came out, claiming this was the ultimate “Colbert Bump” – from mortal to deity.

  • admin

    > let’s not knock people for working on world hunger

    Depends on *how* they’re working it. Idjits who want to solve the world hunger problem by banning genetically modified crops, pesticides and/or meat need a boot up the ass, even if they are working from the “best of intentions.”

    > It’s adistribution problem controlled more by ideologies than economics.

    No reason North Korea couldn;t feed itself, except that all the effort goes towards the military (and squashing markets). No reason why Africa couldn’t feed itself. Except… see: Mugabe.