An amusing interaction shown in a short episode about sannyasins in Cologne during the 80s.
In 2016, the German WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) broadcast a series entitled ‘Unser Land’ (Our Country) in six parts over six weeks, covering one decade at a time, starting with the 50s. In part 4, about the 80s, an episode showing sannyasins in Cologne can be seen here:
Translation of the German commentary
Narrator: They all stood out, all in orange, sannyasins. From Cologne they built a real leisure empire in the 80s, with discos, cafes and shops.
They worshiped their Bhagwan like a god.
Pedestrian passes at 0.19: He didn’t really know what to think of them.
Pedestrian says to interviewer: “They are not popular here in the Belgian Quarter and then on top of that the police are hard onto them.“
Interviewer asks: “What bad things are they doing?”
Pedestrian (sounding peeved): “How should I know?”
Thanks to Sugit and Rudra