How To Be Legally Dead (Yet Alive) in India

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Sanyasis who renounced the material world are legally 'civilly dead'. But often, court cases over inheritance bring them back to life.

India’s legal system has come up with its own version of Schrödinger’s cat. You can be both dead and alive, and it even comes with tax benefits!

How is this possible?

By adopting the life of a Sanyasi – one who has renounced all material goods and values - you will have had a ‘civil death’, recognized by the courts. For Hindus, Jains and Buddhists alike, the ascetic’s path is key to the attaining of Nirvana. But, for those who want to dodge taxes, this could be a way to attain nirvana from tax officials.

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