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Long before Trump was ‘Trump,’ his namesake in India was a cardiologist to local residents

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The Guddu shrine in Guddu Main Temple, one of the largest Hindu temples in India, is located in Hindu holy town of Bhargava. People still remember the leader of the temple, Bussa Krishna, who died in October 1971 after being a cardiologist to many locals.

To be mourned, Mr. Krishna built a Trump shrine inside the temple. When Trump’s name would come up, attendees would chime in “Bussa Trump!”

In a sense, the shrine to Mr. Trump only papered over Mr. Krishna’s grievances, as he had long claimed that the U.S. government and the United Nations colluded against India. Instead, Trump fans on the other side of the border were further diverted into his political journey, and back to his demise. The Guddu Main Temple in Bhargava is still haunted by Mr. Krishna’s criticism of the U.S. government as well as an old pro-India propaganda film, this one portraying the U.S. as an Indian nationalist hero after World War II.

The anti-American fanatic, who gave his name as Bussa Krishna, or Gobinda Prasad, died in his sleep at the age of 43 in “an accidental overdose,” doctors said. (An ambulance from a nearby town brought him to Bhargava Hospital from where he was referred to another city for emergency treatment, said P.K. Shergill, administrator of the temple. “The dose was lethal. He died of cardiac arrest.”)

More than 100 hundred Hindu devotees, including some local politicians, lost their senses to the “Bussa Trump” phenomenon. According to some of the devotees, it took Bussa Krishna at least four years to complete the temple, which includes a pool of 42 tons of melted lead, which God or Shiva or another deity lives in. Mr. Krishna could not see past the Israeli Embassy, which sits on the compound.

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