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A Shah Under A Lord of Misrule

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 30, 2007


Indulal Shah,

International Chairmanof Mumbai, India, was replaced by Dr Michael bbc-clip-dr-micael-goldstein-gets-angry.jpgGoldstein, of Covina, California, as world convener of the Sathya Sai Organisation, and still more recently retired from his chairmanship of the Indian organization, too.  The same Shah furnished a prime example of how to successfully prevent police, media and judicial investigation in India. The Hindu, 10-6-1993 reported: 

“When press persons met Mr. Indulal Shah, chief functionary of the Sri Sathya Sai World Trust, he said, ‘the matter is purely internal and we do not wish to have any law enforcement agency investigating into it.’” 

Sai Baba, then, is a feudal Lord with a vice-like grip not only Puttaparthi – site of the most frequented ashram in the world – but far beyond. And above the reach of the laws of India?

In September 18, 2001, Indulal Shah circularized Sai Baba’s world leaders.  Of the world media which reported the allegations, Shah said that it has:

 “a strong propensity for sensationalism. A whiff of scandal always helps their sales and therefore they do not even pause to verify the truth.” 

Soviet-Style Absolutism

Shah it was who did not verify the truth. He was of course playing the blame-the-media game. He gave nothing like a reasoned defense nor even the slightest attempt at accountability and transparency – with the same absolutism that is to be noted of Sai Baba’s Soviet-style leaders throughout the world. Rather, he favours only an acute generalization aimed to play on populist prejudices against “the media”. It does not matter to Shah or other seasoned Sai Baba spin doctors like Dr G. Venkataraman (head of Sai Global Harmony, Sai Baba’s major effort to globalize his propaganda via WorldSpace Radio Satellite Service) that many investigative journalists around the world have outstanding records of professionalism, probity and courage. This does not mean that the BBC and other leading media that have investigated Sai Baba and his movement cannot make mistakes or fail to grasp some of the breadth and depth of detail. Of course not. In fact, for the last 8 and a half years of organized former devotee activity to bring international attention to the hidden side of Sai Baba – whom the BBC has dubbed ‘the secret swami’ – we have repeatedly approached the media with the best reputation for careful research and reporting, such as The Times of London, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian,, The Age, The Australian Financial Times, The West Australian (whose award-winning journalist Torrance Mendez, in the face of some exceptionally wealthy and politically connected Sai Baba devotees, had his strongly-researched article spiked by his Editor-in-Chief right at the 11th hour, which had been in readiness for a front-page coverage), and newspapers in Europe and Canada, and broadcast media such the BBC, DR, ABC, SBS, AZUL TV, etc.

In short, the deeply cultic Sai leaders and devotees will do anything but face what is actually being said in these many articles by such notable writers as Dominic Kennedy (Times of London), Mick Brown (Daily Telegraph), Michelle Goldberg (, Paul Lewis (The Guardian), etc.

Further Viewing and Reading

To view the BBC’s The Secret Swami – either using broadband or modem, go first to this page HERE

“Absolutely Cold-blooded Murder”

Former Home Secretary of Sai Baba’s state Andhra Pradesh, V.P.B. Nair, tells the BBC cameras that the police killings in Sai Baba’s private quarters in June 1993 were “absolutely cold-blooded murder,” and that CID investigations, which were suppressed, showed many lies and cover-ups. He is seeking to re-open the case. Here is a video clip of what Nair had to tell the BBC. I refer to this issue in the article, Indian Ex Top Official Dogs Sai Baba On BBC. ‘Cold-blooded Murder’

For BBC video clip of Los Angeles’ citizen Mark Roche’s testimony of sexual abuse when he was young by Sai Baba, see HERE:

Articles at

The Decline and Fall of the Showman Empire

The Genesis of the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sai Baba)
Guru Sex Abuse Testimony To BBC – After Years of Silence
BBC Caught UNESCO Head Bowing To Indian Government

Wider Resources

Useful are the websites or retired (or refreshed!) academics Robert Priddy (Norway):
and Brian Steel (Australia):
See also Wikipedia reference under: ‘Robert Priddy’ 

and his blogsite at:

There are also the general former devotee website at, with English, Dutch, Italian sections. Those at are in English, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Italian, German, Danish, Polish and Norwegian

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