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India, Corruption and Sathya Sai Baba and His Chief Servitors

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 27, 2010

The person who wrote to me the following apparently comes from Andhra Pradesh, the State in South India where Sathya Sai Baba has his chief ashram in Puttaparthi. They commented on my previous blog: Wikileaks and Indian Troops Atrocities Reports. Sai Baba Fails To ‘Clean Up Own Backyard’. In regard to Sathya Sai Baba-related corruption,  the person speaks of my “inferring by some convoluted logic that it parallels the causes for India’s many sicknesses”.

It strikes me that the writer uses the notion of  corruption “parallels” in a systemically misleading way. Surely a more helpful contextualization of the corruption issue to be seen in Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors in comparison to widespread, endemic corruption in India  is a notion not of ‘parallel’ but of symptom. This is to say that – apart from the fact that corruption can be found in any social system – many of the Sai Baba-related corruptions reflect aspects deep-rooted in the Indian social system, and promoted by its flaws. It would, of course, be absurd to say that all the corruptions to be seen in one part of a social fabric are replicated in every other instance. For example there are Sathya Sai Organization programs which serve human beings without discrimination on the grounds of caste or creed. A discussion would need to be complex, and attempt some weighting of relevance among phenomena often encountered in India as guru worship, demagoguery, casteism, nepotism, and elitism of various kinds, superstition and dependence in matters such as astrology (not least among the elites), vast social inequality, dowry, and so on ….

In the above article, I had commented:
“Wikileaks reports of Indian troops atrocities and judicial barbarism by Indian authorities points to but one of a number of huge issues erupting in India right at the moment. Every tragic year that passes shows that Sathya Sai Baba has not “cleaned up (his) own backyard”, as he long ago promised he would do.  India’s security and well-being do not rest in the hands of her superstitious and corrupt leadership – many individuals of which gather around Sathya Sai Baba. They are in the hands of those who, at every level, actively and honestly struggle, with great sacrifice, against the systemic venalities”.

 The correspondent wrote:

“For their own karma, all Gurus deserve a healthy dose of irreverence! However,’guru-bashers’ need to be wary of mixing-up issues. This is particularly true when indulged in by foreigners. Ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba may have legitimate complaints about him, but ‘inferring’ by some convoluted logic that it parallels the causes for India’s many sicknesses, is silly and counter-productive.

Today, all Indians, whether devotee or non-devotee, atheist theist and agnostic alike, are hugely shamed by the unending exposure of monumental scams in the country. By imputing Sathya Sai Baba for India’s ills, is trivializing and misconstruing the scale and its causes.

Devotees will exploit the opportunity to elevate the aging Baba to someone like Christ being crucified for the sins of others”.
Whereas, throughout my many writings, I have made points of the sort:

1. That there are courageous forces in India – and always have been – which oppose the corruption.

2. That, among a plethora of other mischiefs, Sathya Sai Baba is exposed by his failure to do what he has long proclaimed that he will do – namely, raise India to great moral and spiritual heights and then the world – effectively, within his own lifetime.

3. The term “guru bashers” is a term that needs, case by case in situations of usage, to be analysed. It is often too much of a label and a curse word, which can obscure the real intents and the arguments being advanced.

4. It is correct that devotees can exploit adverse criticism. Or rather, to be exact, some devotees, because many of them avoid controversy of any sort and simply get on with their prayers, bhajans, etc. But when have not some of those blinded by cultic belief NOT attempted to exploit adverse criticism? Yet, silence or watered down critiques are not likely to be helpful, are they? What critics of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult have attempted to do is to expose the huge deficit between precept and example – the monumental cover ups, the sexual and other abuses, the repeated failures of predictions and of promises (such as of healing, placement in his educational and other wings …), large-scale scams in regard to provision of water, of apartments, the lack of duty of care within the worldwide Sathya Sai Organization, the vast wastage of internationally-contributed funds in glorifying Sai Baba via luxurious buildings, golden trappings of imperial splendour, lack of accountability and transparency by the Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sai Baba’s countless contradictions that are to be found in his officially published discourses and other such sources; and much else.

 5. The writer speaks of: “inferring by some convoluted logic that it parallels the causes for India’s many sicknesses”. In regard to causality, one cannot, of course, willy-nilly deal of all corruptions afflicting India as paralleling those of Sathya Sai Baba and his cult. Those who read properly what is actually written will find an avoidance of such simplifying of complex issues in the articles of the most prominent former devotee writers on Sathya Sai Baba, such as Robert Priddy, Brian Steel, Alexandra Nagel or myself, or the independent British author never affiliated with Sai Baba Kevin R.D. Shepherd . They will also find in myriad libraries and on the internet a great many reformist Indian writers who, likewise, cannot fairly be accused of “India bashing”.  


The profound extent of  the grasp of superstition across classes in India  –  not to mention other pre-scientific manifestations – to which Sathya Sai Baba gives credence is exposed in this well-sourced article by Robert Priddy, who writes of how:

and how Sathya Sai Baba aggravates the current witchcraft problems in India

“Sathya Sai Baba holds firmly that black magic is a real phenomenon, as the quotations below prove. His person and his so-called ‘teachings’ are held in awe by Prime Ministers and Presidents of India and – yet worse – Supreme Court judges. How can this country abolish the dreadful ignorance of so many citizens, apparently including supposedly highly educated persons?” 


Some Resources at ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’


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Commonwealth Games: ‘Shining India’s’ Mismanagement By Crisis. Sai Baba Not Sighted

Posted by Barry Pittard on September 25, 2010

At the 11th hour, after India’s fiasco-ridden series of chaotic mismanagements, India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh (a follower of Sathya Sai Baba), and emergency teams of officials are racing to save the 2010 Commonwealth Games. 

If India’s leadership had been ready to live within that country’s relative means, it is arguable that India could have staged a bold, imaginative and unique Games. Why did the leaders attempt to ape the West?  And it was not for the first time, either.  The huge and costly Bollywood-style splurge at 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, showed that ruling forces in India are bent on glitter rather than substance. On looking good, rather than in serving the Indian people at large. This is a country where 380 million Indians ‘live’ on under $1 per day, and another 400 million on less than $2. Some 350 million people cannot read or write. For a number of years, I lived in and have always dearly loved India and deplored, as vast numbers of Indians themselves do, her elitist, corrupt, nepotist and gerontocratic leaders, and her venal, robotic bureaucracy.

Go to virtually any online media site – where, from a huge cross-section of Indians, one sees extensive comment on what has been so acutely exposed in the present Games débâcle.  

Former devotee writers and other critics correctly point (amid his many other failed predictions) to Sathya Sai Baba’s inability to counteract – to all but the smallest degree – India’s problems. (See the glaringly revealing scan from Sai Baba’s close follower Dr John Hislop’s book ‘Conversations With Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba”, below). Despite the mass of contradictions and the vast corruptions in India, conscienceless attackers such as the Sathya Sai Baba man, Gerald Moreno of New Mexico, USA, allied with some of Sai Baba’s notable followers, who stay in the background, accuses these critics of “India bashing”.  Such cultic blindess in a populist spokesperson is but the public face of countless Sai Baba followers whose heads are deeply buried in the sands by the banks of the Chitravathi River. Whatever the extent of social service volunteer work that Sai Baba devotees undertake in their spare time, it is the smallest drop poured upon India’s ocean of social disfunction. Of Moreno’s unabating slanderous attacts on virtually each individual who speaks out, Robert Priddy – in his article Beatings, torture and killings by Police in India – writes:

“Moreno’ speaks of India on his original website in 2003 of India as follows:  “For the past 14 years I have travelled many times to India. I’m captivated by India. (Much to the bewilderment of friends and family)” and he has never made a single critical observation about the vast poverty, the general unconcern with the poor and suffering, the host of embezzling and self-serving politicians and mafias and the depths of depravity whereby children are sold into prostitution in the millions and tiny babies are maimed in horrendous ways to turn them into beggars. His only concern is to bash and harass in every possible way every dissident of his admired gurus, Sathya Sai Baba, convicted murderer and rapist Swami Premananda, Ammachi the heavy-duty hugging matron, the long-expired Ramana Maharshi and such others”.

What the former devotee and other critics point out has long been stated by many courageous and truthful Indian citizens down many decades. It may be hoped that these forces of decency and efficiency in India will be aided by the glaring world spotlight which has all too suddenly, because she is hosting the Commonwealth Games, swung on the many corrupt and befuddled Indian leaders.

A welcome sign of a sea-change is the Clean Sports India movement.  See:

Sathya Sai Baba’s “Own Backyard” Still In A Profound Mess

The now severely ailing Sathya Sai Baba long ago said:



Many reports of India hiding squalor from Commonwealth Games visitors
India Bridge Collapse

                                                     The collapse of the bridge has fuelled athletes’ concerns over safety and security issues /AP Source: AP 

There is no end to Sathya Sai Baba’s failed predictions. In his February 1 16, 2007 (so-called ‘divine discourse’, Sai baba said: 

“I intend to undertake a world tour, shortly.”  

But the reality is very different from the perspective of his devotees, who relegate all contrary evidence to a nether region of what is left of their logical minds. See:  

“No fear of bombs” in India, Said Sai Baba a Week Before Mumbai Terrorist Attack

Has Sathya Sai Baba Moved An Inch To Clean Up His Yard? 

Sathya Sai Baba’s Amazing Predictions 

When Disasters Overtake S. Sai Baba’s Promises  

India’s prophesied future world leadership?  

Major World Catastrophe Predictions Attributed to Sathya Sai Baba 


Commonwealth Games fiasco: “The people of New Delhi are very upset” 


Screenshot of collapsed bridge aired on Indian television on September 21, 2010. 

The games were supposed to showcase India as an emerging power of international stature. Instead, they have become a national embarrassment. The day after the bridge collapse, a portion of false ceiling at the new weightlifting venue crumbled. 

Compounding concerns over the readiness of the games facilities are security fears, after the Sunday shooting of two tourists outside one of the city’s top attractions. Health conditions are also a concern, with reports of an outburst of dengue fever due to stagnant water puddles on unfinished construction sites. 

The games were supposed to showcase India as an emerging power of international stature. Instead, they have become a national embarrassment. The day after the bridge collapse, a portion of false ceiling at the new weightlifting venue crumbled. 

Compounding concerns over the readiness of the games facilities are security fears, after the Sunday shooting of two tourists outside one of the city’s top attractions. Health conditions are also a concern, with reports of an outburst of dengue fever due to stagnant water puddles on unfinished construction sites. 

Related Coverage



                                                    Frantic finish: Indians clear debris from the front the Lawn Bowls venue at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium/Source: Getty Images

India’s $10m ‘bribe’ to win Commonwealth Games   

By Robert Craddock and Amanda Hodge. From: The Daily Telegraph, The Australian.  September 24, 2010 12:00AM.   

The Commonwealth Games Association has decided to ban 11th-hour inducements as a consequence of the outrage over India’s tactics (Read more about the inducements at The Daily Telegraph).  

Filthy toilets  

The revelation comes as photos and video footage taken secretly inside the Games compound show just how squalid the athletes’ village is.  

Undercover reporters from The Australian and The Daily Telegraph reported seeing filthy toilets, widespread flooding and children defecating in the street.  

The images raise more questions about India’s ability to bring the Games facilities up to scratch before the opening ceremony on October 3.  

The India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called an emergency meeting of his ministers last night to deal with the crisis and Commonwealth Games chief Mike Fennell was flying into Delhi early today to meet Mr Singh and Games officials.  

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit met national team leaders from 25 countries to discuss their concerns about the athletes’ village  

Australian team general manager Perry Crosswhite said the workforce of cleaners and maintenance staff had increased “ten-fold” in the village yesterday.  

“They have elevated their response and brought in people who have the power to make it happen,” Mr Crosswhite said.  

As well as an army of cleaners, bomb squad officers and dogs have been deployed outside the village as security forces took control, weeks after the original scheduled lockdown deadline.  



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Prominent Indians Berate India’s Rife Political Corruption

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 6, 2009

Many are the intellectually extremely dishonest ploys used by those who fanatically oppose the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba and core leaders of his sect.

One of these ruses intended to blacken those who have stood for truth for a great many years of their lives is that former devotees who speak out are “India bashers”. To point out how he and his key servitors have only deepened the corruption that is rife in India greatly displeases them. They do not stop to consider that there are forces – many of them tremendously courageous – who criticise India from within. The fact that Sathya Sai Baba’s  apologists will not face is that Sai Baba has many times said that he and his Sathya Sai Organization are going to save the world, mostly within his own lifetime. He has failed. Many of his promises and predictions have already been categorically falsified. Reliable first-hand reports as well as recent photographic evidence show show that he is in marked decline. See related articles below.

Robert Priddy, former longtime leader of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway and retired academic of the University of Oslo,


has just blogged most interestingly and with a generous supply of useful authoritative research links, suggesting some poste general election tide-turnings in India. He cites important and respected Indian commentators such as the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India T.N. Seshan,

Former Indian Election Commissioner T.N. Seshan

and also the British citizen of Indian background, Sir Gulam Noon MBE.

Sir Gukam Noon, MBE - richest Indian immigrant in UK

Such commentators can hardly be accused of “India bashing” – they are telling it like it is – likely because they deeply care for the greatness that resides within India, and they stand against her betrayal.  See: India’s election gives some hope. Posted by robertpriddy on July 5, 2009. Priddy writes:

“The problems of the Indian masses have very largely been disregarded by the politicians and the huge obstructive and nest-feathering bureaucracy. The previous Congress-led government was too weak and dependent on other parties to take strong measures to raise the poor or provide them with the facilities which are essential to a minimum of decent livelihood. It is hoped – on behalf of India’s tortured poor and suffering, that this will begin to change, after setbacks in reduction of poverty in the last two decades. India can only benefit from such changes, the alternatives are too terrible to contemplate. There are many diaspora Indians who would never return to India other than for holidays or possibly old age retirement. Sir Gulam Noon, who made a fortune out of Britain’s appetite for Indian food, is one such. In the tabloid press he is known simply as the Curry King. Interviewed on Hard Talk by Stephen Sackur, he was asked if he thought investing in India would be an option for him, considering the credit crunch and the relative immunity of the Indian economy to its effects. In his reply, he made clear his view that – though he visits often and has involvements in India, not least in his charitable institutions, the country is still ruled by criminally-corrupt politicians. This is a major indictment by a diaspora Indian of such notability”.

Further Related Resources

Sathya Sai Baba: India to lead a unified world soon

Sathya Sai Baba – prophecies in the ‘suka nadi’ palm leaves

Sai Baba predictions, promises and prophecies – index

Sai Baba To Be Seen In Moon? But Where Was Moon?

Sai Baba Fails To Appear In Moon, IANS Reports

“No fear of bombs” in India, Said Sai Baba a Week Before Mumbai Terrorist Attack

Hasty Cover Up Of Sai Baba ‘No bombs in India’ Blunder

Sai Baba 83. Has Said He Will Rule World

Indian God’s Birthday. Says Will Rule World. Photo

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

‘World Avatar’ Sathya Sai Baba’s Troubled Trail

Sai Baba – Miraculous or Disastrous?

Huge Sai Baba Gaffes


Video Resources

The Secret Swami (BBC Television):
(154 MB, Broadband)

Further Resources

Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster):
(80 MB, Broadband)
(21 MB, Modem)


Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization



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