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“Sai Baba is a respected Godman” and no, she didn’t know why UNESCO had issued a media advisory and that it had been withdrawn.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