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UNESCO and Indian Government – Were Up To Tricks

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2007

Fortunately, this document – which India’s then Foreign Minister Jaswant Sinha in the now ousted right wing Vajpayee government, a devotee of Sai Baba, tried to have expunged by the Director General of UNESCO is still available at the web.archive.org/ – click HERE.

For a detailed story of how the BBC caught UNESCO out in a subterfuge, getting it to confirm that it still stood by the original terms of the media advisory see:  The Case of the Missing Media Advisory.

The Advisory points to “several factors”, and not alone to sexual abuse allegations against Sathya Sai Baba.

Media Advisory

UNESCO WITHDRAWS FROM CONFERENCE

Paris, September 15 – UNESCO has decided it will no longer sponsor nor take part in a conference it had been due to co-organize with the Institute of Sathya Sai Education (ISSE, Thailand) and The Flinders University Institute of International Education (Australia), in Puttaparthi, India, from September 25 to 29. The decision means UNESCO is no longer associated in any way through sponsorship, organization or participation of any kind with the conference on Strengthening Values Education: Innovative Approaches to Teacher Education for Peace and International Understanding.

UNESCO’s withdrawal was prompted by several factors. Certain decisions were taken by the ISSE without consultation, such as plans to hold some of the sessions at the Ashram of the Sathya Sai movement in Puttaparthi, and the inclusion of some speakers in the conference programme without their previous consent. Furthermore, the Organization is deeply concerned about widely-reported allegations of sexual abuse involving youths and children that have been levelled at the leader of the movement in question, Sathya Sai Baba. Whilst it is not for UNESCO to pronounce itself in this regard, the Organization restates its firm moral and practical commitment to combating the sexual exploitation of children, in application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which requires States to protect children from all forms of sexual exploitation and violence.

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BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 26, 2007

BBC Enquiries Confirm Collusion Between UNESCO, Indian Government and Sathya Sai Organisation

The BBC spent many months of intensive preparation for its documentary The Secret Swami (2004), exposing Sathya Sai Baba and his extremely wealthy and powerful worldwide cult.

Unfortunately for the credibility of the UNESCO Bureau of Public Information, the BBC went to it, well-armed with a copy of a highly revealing note that portrayed UNESCO-Indian Government-Sathya Sai Organization complicity.

This was to get expunged from the records a UNESCO media advisory, hard worked for by former Sai Baba devotees from many parts of the world. The note was by Dr G. Venkataraman, formerly a top Indian nuclear scientist, Sai Baba’s deputy world chairman and head of Sai Global Harmony via  WorldSpace Radio International – Sai Baba’s effort to get himself into every corner of the globe.

Eamon Hardy, producer of the BBC documentary highly critical of Sai Baba and his leaders, ‘The Secret Swami,’ had also seen a relevant UNESCO letter when speaking at Puttaparthi with Sai Baba’s world chairman, Dr Michael. Goldstein. (This was in the BBC/Puttaparthi  ‘honeymoon’ period just before the BBC tried to question Dr Goldstein about the worldwide allegations against Sai Baba, resulting in the BBC’s immediate eviction by Sathya Sai Baba’s officials. The Secret Swami has already been telecast to many countries throughout the world, in some a number of times). To see documentary footage, click HERE. See also my article The Genesis of the BBC’s The Secret Swami (Sai Baba) and my review of this 2004 documentary, The BBC’s The Secret Swami – A Revision

Furthermore, BBC staff spoke to India’s then Permanent Representative to UNESCO, Mrs Neelam Sabharwal, (since named India’s Ambassador to Cyprus), and were greeted with the blank statement that “Sai Baba is a respected Godman” and no, she didn’t know why UNESCO had issued a media advisory and that it had been withdrawn. Really?! Because Venkataraman had already – rather carelessly, in retrospect – that India’s permananent representative to UNESCO had been informed.

Having sensed serious UNESCO contradiction and evasion – particularly in the light of the Venkataraman material – the BBC first tactically held back and then released the whole Venkataraman piece to the UNESCO official, Sue Williams, whose immediate boss is the Deputy Director General.  After repeated pressure from the BBC via phone and email, Ms Williams wrote to the BBC:

·        “UNESCO does not regret issuing the media release of September 15 2000″.

In short, UNESCO repudiated, then – hard-pressed and cornered by the world’s most famous broadcaster – retracted its repudiation. Unfortunately, the exposure came too late to be included in the documentary. Indeed, the BBC holds over 80 hours of footage of powerful testimony against Sai Baba containing allegations that depict large scale serial sexual abuse of males from many countries, and other very damaging evidence against Sai Baba and his worldwide cult, the Sathya Sai Organization.

See full article on this issue: Does UNESCO Really Protect The Young? The Case Of The Missing Media Advisory. By Barry Pittard

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