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Tony Blair Was to Visit Sai Baba. Plan Thwarted

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 17, 2007

(To journalists from responsible media or other bona fide investigators, the reliable confirming sources for the following information will be shared).

Owing to our actions, the British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie were within minutes prevented from visiting Sai Baba  at Whitefield near Bangalore. They were ten minute’s drive away from his ashram when, heeding our representations, British High Commission officials were able to dissuade Blair and his wife from visiting Sai Baba.

A photo call whose results would have been flashed round the world was thus averted. In urgent response to questions in the House of Commons (November 2000), and to major stories in India Today (October 2000), Daily Telegraph (December 2000), and Times of London (August 2001), and many crises within it, Sathya Sai Organisation leaders in India and the UK, in conferring with the Indian and British governments, planned as follows:

  • To ensure a meeting between Hon. Tony Blair MP and Sathya Sai Baba during the British Prime Minister’s Bangalore visit in the first week of January 2002
  • To ensure that a bevy of Indian and UK journalists asked him and his wife questions about his experiences of Sathya Sai Baba
  • To get the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a publicly professed devotee of Sai Baba, to speak to Blair personally about Sai Baba, which he did at Chequers on November 12, 2001 when he visited the UK.
  • To obtain Vajpayee’s signature to a pre-written letter vociferously defending Sai Baba, co-signed by then Chief Justice of India, P.N. Bhagawati, former Chief Justice Ranganath Mishra, at that time Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of India, and Dr Najma Heptulla, former President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Council, former Speaker Lok Sabha, and Union Minister
  • To publicise this letter, for example on the UK Sathya Sai Organisation’s website (it was later taken off)
  • To get Tony Blair, via direct personal pressure from A.B. Vajpayee, to curb British parliamentary efforts critical of Sathya Sai Baba.

Any Foreign and Commonwealth Office briefing about Sai Baba should warn British parliamentarians to be wary of those Indian parliamentarians with Sai Baba-related agendas. A conservative group led by Peter Luff, MP visited India in September-October 2004, and a visit to a Sai Baba hospital was sprung on them without warning. Had the FCO been alert to previous problems (viz., the Tony Blair visit) in Bangalore and properly briefed the group, Mr Luff and his parliamentary associates would have had the opportunity not to get inveigled by Sai Baba interests. Again, true to past and present practice, that visit was used for Sai Baba propaganda.

It is important that enough influential voices in Labour Friends of India and Conservative Parliamentary Friends of India and the Indo-British Parliamentary Group refuse to be used as propaganda tools of the Sathya Sai Organisation.

If Britons want to be “Friends of India” (a highly praiseworthy aim in itself), let them persuade the Indian authorities to put their house in order, prosecute this exceedingly deceptive ‘secret swami’ and his accomplices, and either clean up or close down rackets carried out in his name.  The BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ (2004) and many other exposures of corruption in India, including by courageous investigators in India itself, and the popular backlash against it there, have shown that India harms itself in the extreme by permitting such endemic corruption and abject guru worship. If Indian governments want India to be respected as a mature democracy, they should stop pandering to the corruption inherent in arguably the most powerful cult in its history, which has its affiliates in over 150 countries, and which pipes vast donations in many currencies to the Sathya Sai Central Trust in India. 

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