Indian Rationalists, Humanists Unsafe Opposing Sai Baba
Posted by Barry Pittard on May 5, 2007
Well before formal Sai Baba Exposé activities, which commenced at the end of the 1990’s and which are mainly those of former followers of Sathya Sai Baba, the late Dr Abraham T. Kovoor, the Sri Lankan Rationalist who lived in India for many years, mounted public challenges to Sathya Sai Baba.
So have member organisations of the International Humanist and Ethical Union ( http://www.iheu.org/ ) which has NGO Special Consultative status with the United Nations as well as the Council of Europe.
India’s most renowned rationalist and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Bangalore, South India, the late Dr. H. Narasimhaiah, a scientist, set up a twelve-member academic committee “to investigate rationally and scientifically miracles and any other verifiable superstitions.” However, Sathya Sai Baba refused to co-operate.
Some IHEU member organisations had bruited the notion of staging an international conference on Sathya Sai Baba in a leading city of the world. Its Executive Director Babu Gogineni has emailed me, Thursday, 6 March 2003 7:45 AM:
“Officers of the London-based IHEU have many times voiced their concern at the impunity with which Sathya Sai Baba operates, untouched by the Indian criminal justice system. It considers the allegations of paedophilia against him as gravely as it considers similar accusations against the Catholic and other clergy in the West.” He says that one of the IHEU’s concerns is the personal danger to its activists from fanatical followers of the guru, especially in India”.
B. Premanand, of TV “Guru Buster’s” fame, and fellow Indian Rationalists, among other gutsy actions, tried but failed to expose Sathya Sai Baba in court. He too has reported physical attacks, and has told a number of us that his own son was murdered – the only material stolen being highly compromising to Sathya Sai Baba. Sri Premanand has formed a Committee for Scientific Investigation into Claims of the Paranormal (CSICP). He mounted a court action in Sathya Sai Baba’s state of Andhra Pradesh, in which the High Court Judge Y.V.Anjaneyulu, a prominent Sai Baba devotee, ruled that the law requiring a license to produce gold does not apply to Sathya Sai Baba, who, he determined, materialises his gold from a divine realm. This 1986 case, which B. Premanand brought in the Andhra Pradesh High Court, exposed a close Sai Baba devotee judge’s violation of India’s secular legal system. Judge Anjaneyulu pronounced:
“An article or ornament materialized from air in a split second by the use of spiritual powers or otherwise cannot be said to be made, manufactured, prepared or processed within the meaning of section 11 of the Gold Control Act.”
For an example of how an Indian kangaroo court (this time on a stacked Supreme Court of India bench) thwarted famous Indian attorney Kamini Jaiswal to bring Sai Baba to heel, see here. For brief Gold Control Act case details, see here.
B. Premanand has published a searing, highly-detailed 800-page book on the 1993 police executions, Murders in Sai Baba’s Bedroom, Available: B. Premanand. 11/7 Chettipalayam Road, Podanur. 641 023 Tamil Nadu, India.
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