Sathya Sai Baba’s Promise To “Clean Up” His “Own Back Yard (India) Unfulfilled
Posted by Barry Pittard on January 16, 2009
India is trying to get the world to take her seriously. But this wish cannot be fulfilled (except superficially and cynically) when so many within India’s elites fling themselves – quite literally – at the feet of highly questionable gurus and astrologers.
It is well-known that many diplomats and those who do business with India hide their contempt behind obligatory and well-trained polite smiles.
India – Venal or Shining?
That endemic venality in India is only very partially portrayed in the Indian press reflects poorly on the integrity of many media owners, editors and journalists.
That there is widespread corruption in her legal system blights her as a democracy. See:
In the latter article, I wrote:
“In 2001, the celebrated Indian advocate Kamini Jaiswal (who was a lawyer for the famous ‘Bandit Queen’ Phoolan Devi) attempted to mount, pro bono, a case against Sai Baba on behalf of a former Sai Baba devotee, Hari Sampath”.
Note: As we can show testimony to bona fide media or other investigators, a legal professional has transcribed the case, and part of this shocking reflection on Indian judiciary may be viewed – See, Record of Proceedings document of Hari Sampath’s 2001 case against Sai Baba in the Supreme Court of India, and further comments on this case scuppered by Judges G.B. Patnaik and R.C. Lahoti with the concurrence of then Chief Justice Dr A.S. Anand. For an example how a Sai Baba devotee Judge, Y. V. Anjaneyulu, in Sai Baba’s state of Andhra Pradesh can – in a judgement that contradicts India’s secular justice system and confounds our lawyer members in more democratic countries who have seen the document – pervert the course of justice see HERE.
Sathya Sai Baba – The Secret Swami
In the case of Sathya Sai Baba, the dismal facts – denied of course by his promoters, both among the naively uninformed and by those of his servitors who know all too well of the many cover ups and abuses – became widely known, especially after the documentary by the BBC documentary “The Secret Swami” (2004) was screened throughout the world – indeed in Canada three times in one month. See:
The Secret Swami (BBC Television):
(154 MB, Broadband)Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster):
(80 MB, Broadband)http://home.hetnet.nl/~seduced/seduced.wmv
(21 MB, Modem)
A Few Signs of Challenge To Corruption
“In his February 16, 2007 so-called ‘divine discourse’, Sai Baba said, “I intend to undertake a world tour, shortly.” But will he? How can he?
The guru, perhaps the most wealthy and politically powerful in India’s long history, claims that he will save the world in his own lifetime”.
“To be sure, Sathya Sai Baba, profoundly protected by India’s power brokers irrespective of what party is in power, has not faced court to answer many allegations. These include serial sexual molestation of boys and young men and other crimes such as complicity in the police killings that occurred in his bedroom, June 6, 1993. The latter incident was described to the BBC by V.P.B. Nair, former Home Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, as “absolute cold-blooded murder”. Brief video clips at this link here.
The BBC transcript of ‘The Secret Swami’ is available here.
Police corruption is also widespread in India, as the recent horrendous case of serial pedophilia and murders in Noida, Delhi, exemplifies.
Jaiswal’s reason for applying for the case to be pled in the Supreme Court of India in New Delhi was precisely for the reason that Andhra Pradesh, Sai Baba’s state, is chockful of Sai Baba police and judges. Therefore, Judges Paitnaik’s and Lahoti’s repeated statements (see link below): “Go the Andhra Pradesh court”, and refusals to give reason for their adverse decision are reprehensible”.
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