I received this note from a young person living in India. Interestingly, in this person’s report, the Indian army comes off badly and not the police. In the years that I lived in India, many Indians had great respect for the army but widely despised the police for their cruelty and corruption.
Whatever the case, Sathya Sai Baba is heavily surrounded by both police and army personnel all the way to the very highest echelons. These days, he is very fragile, his thoughts and actions unfocused, but he still rides around on his huge gold chariot, mounts his golden throne, and celebrates his birthdays with an enormously extravagant and wasteful pomp that attracts the scorn of most and the blinded fervour of his devotees.
But Sathya Sai Baba’s long-ago made predictions have spectacularly failed. He said that in the last quadrant of his life he would rule India and that the world would come to him in fealty. But he has not transformed India. One sees from its daily newspapers that it is not a land of democracy – except for a thin veneer of it – but, rather of tragedy. And indeed India’s media fails to reveal a great deal because it is so heavily muzzled. It is, for example, foreign media like the BBC, The Times of London, The Telegraph, The Guardian, and newspapers in Europe, Canada and Australia that have been able to get the powerfully indicting Sathya Sai Baba facts out to the world.
‘Beatings and electric shocks inflicted on hundreds of civilians detained in Kashmir, US diplomats in Delhi told by ICR. Unrest in Kashmir, where a leaked cable said the Indian government ‘condoned torture’’. Photograph: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images
Even in those areas in which India, powerfully vying with China for superpower status, is making remarkable economic and technological advances, it is light years away from the moral and spiritual dimensions that India’s often gerontocratic, nepotistic and astrology-mired leaders characteristically cite in their speeches.
The raw fact is that India is no less materialistic than the socio-economically developed countries which have, in their own way, in a mixture of rampant greed and untold ignorance, brought the planet to a point where its sustainability is in the gravest doubt.
The young Indian, recollecting the spirit of India’s national anthem, says:
“Army people keep saying “Mera Bharat Mahan” but they really don’t mean it. They torture the civilians like dogs. They treat every civilian as a terrorist. I hate the indian army. I don’t know to which ‘Bharath’ are they giving service. They are of no use to us. Some are really fighting for our country, I do respect those who serve our country, but not the others. They are fit for nothing. Many Indian Army sections trouble the general people in every way. In our area there is a small defence area but they don’t allow us to pass through that area though we give them the valid residential proof, driving license and vehicle registration papers. They say only army people can pass through that area. What is the use if they cannot give service to the general public? Their behaviour is so rude with us. Even Indian police cannot do nothing about them. Recently one of our teachers met with an accident by a vehicle driven by an army person but we could not take any action on him only because he was an army person, and even the civil police was unable to take action. How long will our Country be like this? It has turned to hell. Many people elsewhere are not aware about the small incidents that happen with the people living nearby to the army area. We are troubled a lot”
Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization