India’s Painful Experience of Corrupt Leadership
Posted by Barry Pittard on January 18, 2009
Listen to a wide cross-section of Indians – whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Parsee, Jain, Christian and so on – and you will frequently find in them a thorough disgust for India’s endemically corrupt, gerontocratic and nepotistic leaders right across the political spectrum.
In India political leadership, too often, yesterday’s men (or mostly men) are still today’s men.
The British vacated, and India after its Independence on August 15, 1947 has for long been shaken by the terrible psychological and physical impact of imperial aftershocks. Not of course that a country is without its disfunctions and oppressions long before the incursions of empire on it.
The scramble to gain and maintain power by elites threw up matchingly terrible social and political fabrics, despite forces valiantly working for a mature democracy.
In my discussions with the BBC during the months of preparation for ‘The Secret Swami’ (2004), I learnt that one of the key interests of the producer, Eamon Hardy, was to look at cases which gave some insight into whether India could really be regarded as a mature democracy.
Cover Up On Huge A Huge Scale
To gain some sense of the massiveness of the political cover up – and one which has been maintained by successive Indian governments irrespective of which Party is incumbent – of the Sathya Sai bedroom murders scandal of June 6, 1993, see:
Apart from the Andhra Pradesh police, whose investigations were hijacked by Central and State government political forces, Robert Priddy, perhaps second only to the rationalist B. Premanand, has made a considerable study of events of bloody events in Sathya Sai Baba’s bedroom, June 6, 1993.
2) More concerning the 1993 murders in the Prashanthi Nilayam Temple complex
3) How Robert Priddy came to learn of the blackmail by Sai officials behind the police executions of four intruder devotees from V.K. Narasimhan
4) Interview on BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ with V.P.B. Nair, former home minister of Andhra Pradesh during the 1993 murders
5) Excerpts from Indian newspaper reports on the murders in Sai Baba’s vicinity and the cover-up
13) Have your say at the Public Petition for Official Invstigation of Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide Organization (ca. 1300 persons have signed this petition so far)
The BBC’s Tanya Datta states that The former Home Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, V.P. B. Nair, told the BBC that ‘On coming to office he examined the files and found that the original police report was riddled with lies and inconsistencies. This was later exposed by a CID investigation’.
Tanya Datta: So are you suggesting that the police executed the boys that night?
VPB Nair: In absolute… this is absolute cold-blooded murder.
See my articles:
Priddy reports many disturbing privately shared revelations that came from his longtime friend, the late V.K. Narasimhan, one of India’s most courageous and famous newspaper editors. When attempts were made to throw doubt, as so commonly done by unscrupulous proxy defenders of Sathya Sai Baba in other respects, on the long years of this deeply respectful and cherished friendship, Priddy responded by going to the large effort of scanning notes from his extensive, well-kept journal from down the years and many letters he received from VKN.
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