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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:

Robert Priddy

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.

1) Overview of the murders if Sai Baba’s bedroom and how I came to learn of the blackmail by Sai officials behind the police executions of four intruder devotees from V.K. Narasimhan

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

6)Review of the cover-up and what cannot be denied

7) IAS official V. Ramnath’s reported account of Vijay Prabhu and the murder attempt here

8 )Prabhu’s involvement reported from an IAS source

9) Murder coverage in ‘The Week’ (India) with explanatory diagram/drawing

10)Conny Larsson’s recall of his learning in Puttaparthi about the 1993 murders

11)Writ petition to the High Court – Andhra Pradesh for investigation of the murders

12) Additional evidence from an independent source

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:

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

Guru Sex Abuse Testimony To BBC – After Years of Silence – Indian Minister Shields Sai Baba on BBC television

Probed On Male Sex Abuse, Sai Baba Evicts BBC TV Team

V.P.B. Nair. B.Premanand. R.Priddy: Sai Baba Bedroom Killings

BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ and British Press Praise

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

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.

V.K. Narasimhan – a biographical and personal tribute

The Dark Underside of some prominent Hindu gurus

Will India clean up its Augean police and political stables?

Famous editor confronted Sathya Sai Baba

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Mumbai Nightmare. Much Love To India At This Time

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 29, 2008

Many from India,

Mumbai Tragedy. The heart is sore for those who have been afflicted

Mumbai Tragedy. The heart is sore for those who have been afflicted

and those of Indian origin who live elsewhere in the world, come daily to this blogsite.

Having lived several years in India, and never known to be surpassed the great generosity, kindness and deep love that I so frequently experienced, I join all round the world whose hearts go straight to you.

India has just been – and is still being at this writing – deeply wounded. Her security forces and others in the path of the devastation have reacted with many acts of courage and sacrifice, and loss of their own lives or the shattering of bodies which will always bear the aftermath.

May there, somehow, be a great healing …

I have written a little elsewhere of profoundly life-changing experiences I had while living in India, see:

A Strong India Can Bless The World

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 21, 2008

Quotes

In the work in which I was in a small way involved, I saw the “emphasis on cross-community engagement and responsibility. One could see close up how Indians from various religious and cultural backgrounds (e.g., Hindu, Moslem, Sikh, Parsee, Jain, Christian, etc.) worked extraordinarily well together”.

“Receiving extraordinary kindness wherever I traveled, I experienced how so many Indians from a great array of backgrounds truly practise their time-honored notion that ‘guest is God’. When I was ill on a number of occasions, I experienced bountiful kindness and care of Indian people from various backgrounds, which at least twice saved my life”.

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‘World Hindu’ by 2030. VHP’s Singhal Reports Sathya Sai Baba Told Him

Posted by Barry Pittard on September 9, 2008

One of India’s most powerful Hindu nationalist leaders, Ashok Singhal, who has an international profile in the Hindu world, has just told an assembly of political and religious luminaries in Delhi of a prophecy he says Sathya Sai Baba shared with him. The Organiser, September 14, 2008, reports:

“… Shri Singhal also threw light on how to strengthen the Hindu society and unite our great India. The VHP leader, while disclosing his discussion with Satya Sai Baba, said that Sai Baba had informed him that between 2020 and 2030 the whole India would be of Hindus and after 2030 the whole world would be of Hindus”.

Source:

Amrut Mahotsav of Dr Suresh Bajpai Leaders laud his dedication, service

Note:

The Individual referred to in the quote (right) is the international president of the VHP, which stands for Vishwa Hindu Parishad, founded by the late Swami Chinmayananda. It grew from a number of the factors that birthed  the Hindu nationalist organisation known as RSS or Rashtriya Swamyamsekak Sangh, which is very powerful, militant and highly organized. According to David James Smith, Hinduism and Modernity P189, Blackwell Publishing ISBN 0-631-20862-3 VHP general secretary, S.S. Apte, formerly a member of the RSS, stated:

“The world   has been divided to Christian, Islam and Communist. All of them view Hindu society as very fine rich food on which to feast and fatten themselves. it is necessary in this age of conflict to think of and organize the Hindu world to save it from the evils of all the three”. (see http://organiser.org/archives/historic/dynamic/modules2f80.html)

See Wikipedia articles:

Vishva Hindu Parishad

Rashtriya Swamyamsekak Sangh

Further Reading

When Disasters Overtake S. Sai Baba’s Promises

‘World Avatar’ Sathya Sai Baba’s Troubled Trail

Quote: “There are Sathya Sai Baba devotees in some of the highest echelons of power in various countries. Their faith in him may be touching but not likely to be fulfilled. Despite various statements such as that that he would not age or get sick, he looks fragile and decrepit, increasingly muttering oddities and making egregious blunders”. See Sathya Sai Baba’s Tips To Keep Ageing Away.

Has ‘World Saviour’ Missed His Plane?

Quote: “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. He will, he says, preside over the greatest changes ever to occur in history – the Muslims being the last to accept that he is God”.

Sathya Sai Promise Has Lost Its Bloom

Sathya Sai Promise Has Lost Its Bloom

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A Strong India Can Bless The World

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 21, 2008

In my years in India, I saw at close hand the work of one talented and highly motivated Indian group with which I did volunteer social work, attaining that deep wish fired ever since I was 16, when I became deeply inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

The founder of the work (who sought no name and fame, so I forbear to mention his name) refused to be at the behest of foreign money, even though he was mentor to the son of one of the wealthiest men in America. This stance threw the emphasis on cross-community engagement and responsibility. One could see close up how Indians from various religious and cultural backgrounds (e.g., Hindu, Moslem, Sikh, Parsee, Jain, Christian, etc.) worked extraordinarily well together.

One could see how, abroad, an often false picture of animosity between faiths is often generated of India. I felt deeply honored to be permitted a small role in this social work, and, every now and then, became aware that other Indian Non Government Organizations were doing fine work. Receiving extraordinary kindness wherever I traveled, I experienced how so many Indians from a great array of backgrounds truly practise their time-honored notion that ‘guest is God’. When I was ill on a number of occasions, I experienced bountiful kindness and care of Indian people from various backgrounds, which at least twice saved my life. On one occasion, I was about to be killed by religious extremists (the broad knife was already unsheathed), who very mistakenly thought that I must be a Christian missionary, and the courage and quick-thinking of Indian citizens nearby saved my life. I was in India when riots broke out and heard, very movingly, that there were countless instances of Hindus risking their lives to shelter their Muslim neighbors from peril from a minority of fanatics. The frequent great friendships between those of differing belief systems in India should be far more extensively reported to the world.

The great social evils endemic in India, many of them profoundly related to the evils of British empire, should not be allowed to obscure her great positives.

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