Here's the abridged version of the event:
When a famous tantric guru boasted on television that he could kill another man using only his mystical powers, most viewers either gasped in awe or merely nodded unquestioningly. Sanal Edamarukus response was different. Go on then kill me, he said.
Mr Edamaruku had been invited to the same talk show as head of the Indian Rationalists Association the countrys self-appointed sceptic-in-chief. At first the holy man, Pandit Surender Sharma, was reluctant, but eventually he agreed to perform a series of rituals designed to kill Mr Edamaruku live on television. Millions tuned in as the channel cancelled scheduled programming to continue broadcasting the showdown, which can still be viewed on YouTube.
First, the master chanted mantras, then he sprinkled water on his intended victim. He brandished a knife, ruffled the sceptics hair and pressed his temples. But after several hours of similar antics, Mr Edamaruku was still very much alive smiling for the cameras and taunting the furious holy man.
He was over, finished, completely destroyed! Mr Edamaruku chuckles triumphantly as he concludes the tale in the Rationalist Centre, his second-floor office in the town of Noida, just outside Delhi.
Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7067989.eceWhen the gurus initial efforts failed, he accused Mr Edamaruku of praying to gods to protect him. No, Im an atheist, came the response. The holy man then said he needed to conduct a ritual that could only be done at night, outdoors, and after he had slept with a woman, drunk alcohol and rubbed himself in ash.
The men agreed to go to an outdoor studio that night all to no avail. At midnight, the anchor declared the contest over. Reason had prevailed.