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Liberhan Commission Report, India: Names Some Long-time Close Associates of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 25, 2009

NOTE:  Close on the heels of my last article – Commonwealth Games: ‘Shining India’s’ Mismanagement By Crisis. Sai Baba Not Sighted – there have been many readers for my 2009 article on India’s Liberhan Commission Report on the Ayodhya Mosque demolition. I shall post to my home page the earlier article:  Liberhan Commission Report, India: Names Some Long-time Close Associates of Sathya Sai Baba

 Millions of foreign eyes are now trained on just a few of the many bizarre failures of India’s power elites. Trustfully, the more the world sees of what the Indian people have to endure at all times the more strength may come to those brave forces within her who struggle against the endemic corruption and inefficiency.


A media furore has erupted in India. It relates to the “leaked” details of the Judge Liberhan Commission report, a 17-year inquiry into the tumultuous 1992 Ayodhya Mosque demolition. How the issues did not set India physically ablaze may speak more of the ruthlessness of India’s security apparatus than to the temperateness of many of the country’s leaders and their hot-headed followers. However, the extremely long historic memories that are passed down the generations in non-western cultures may one day have to be reckoned with, and in terms of reaping bitter whirlwinds.

A number of the figures very seriously named are long-time close associates of Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors.

The report names the former (BJP) Prime Minister Vajpayee (a strongly declared devotee), his Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani (not a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba) and former high-powered government BJP minister Murli Manohar Joshi as instrumental figures in orchestrating the demolition and hiding their roles in this extremely painful episode in modern Indian history. The disgraced former Home Minister, Ashok Singhal, like Vajpayee and Joshi, an old adherent of Sathya Sai Baba, is also named. Media links to this story abound – but here are a couple:

British Broadcasting Corporation NEWS REPORT, Tuesday, 24 November 2009

An official report in India has blamed leading Hindu nationalist politicians for playing a role in the 1992 demolition of a mosque in Ayodhya.

The report clearly implicates more than 60 people – including the most senior members of the main opposition party, the BJP – in the mosque’s destruction.

The mosque was brought down by a Hindu mob and some 2,000 people died in riots across India after its demolition.

BJP politicians have denied any wrongdoing in the incident.


Babri Masjid Demolition 1992

                                                                      A scene at the time of the riots and the demolition of the Babri Mosque

In a joint public letter (December 2001), the (then) Chief Justice of India, P.N. Bhagwati along with the former Prime Minister of India of the right-wing BJP, A.B. Vajpayee, and another former Chief Justice of India, Ranganath Mishra, and three other prominent leaders wrote a public letter stating that contentions of Sai Baba’s dissenters represent a:

“wild, reckless and concocted allegations made by certain vested interests and people against Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba”.

But of course the chief players concerning us here are Vajpayee,  Advani, and Joshi, the first and the third closely linked with Sathya Sai Baba, as we have often enough referred to – See my:

Letter to Prime Minister of India, Hon. A.B. Vajpayee 

By Barry Pittard, Australia, former Lecturer, Sri Sathya Sai College of the Arts, Science and Commerce, Whitefield, Karnataka

Here is the signatory list: A.B. Vajpayee
(then) Prime Minister of India
P.N. Bhagawati
Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India
Ranganath Mishra
(then) Chair Person, National Human Rights Commissioner of India
Formerly Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India
Najma Heptulla
(then) President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union; UNDP Distinguished Human Development Ambassador
Shivraj V. Patil
(Details as signatory: Member of Parliament, India; Formerly of the Lok Sabha & Union Minister. However Patil is now Home Minister in the Government of Manmohan Singh, who himself has shown strong partiality to Sathya Sai Baba)

See my articleShivraj Patil Falls From Home Ministry and Robert Priddy’s, below.

 Murli Manohar JoshiIn blustering, bullying style towards the interviewer, Tanya Datta, who asked perfectly reasonable questions, seen by millions in many countries around the world viewing BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’, (2004) Joshi aggressively defended Sathya Sai Baba. See:

Indian Minister Shields Sai Baba on BBC television

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 31, 2007ab-vajpayee-and-mm-joshi.jpgIn the BBC’s 2004 television documentary The Secret Swami, confronted by the BBC interviewer Tanya Datta, Murali Manohar Joshi (see photo, right), one of the most powerful ministers in the since-defeated A.B. Vajpayee (pictured to left) right-wing government, soon lost his temper, jabbing away with pointed finger at Ms Datta, manjoshiaccusing the BBC and people in England of plotting against Sai Baba, A.B. Vajpayee and P.N. Bhagawati  (sometimes Bhagwati), a key Sathya Sai Central Trust member and former Chief Justice of India). He arrogantly shouts at her,

“No, no, no… You don’t know the meaning of interviewing a minister in my capacity, as a minister of my stature.”

Allegations against Sathya Sai Baba are worldwide

Ms Datta’s vulnerability in the face of an arch bully was  touching to see, and she showed degree of courage, but tougher interviewers would not have put up with an evasiveness like Joshi’s. She did not need to defend the BBC and herself (although her reaction is understandable). She could, for example, have firmly stated the worldwide nature of the serious evidence from many former devotees around the world, whom the Sathya Sai Organization had not hitherto assailed as disreputable. At least, Murali Manohar Joshi’s arrogant evasion of the BBC’s totally fair question about Indian Government accountability was unmasked for the world to see. Joshi exposed himself. Viewers could only have felt for her, and seen Joshi for what he was. See Joshi’s extremely rude behavior towards Tanya Datta in video footage from the BBC’s The Secret Swami HERE


The TShivraj Patil, Sai Baba worshipperimes of India story mentions the disgraced Home Minister Ashok Singhal, yet another political figure strongly associated with Sathya Sai Baba. 

Shivraj Patil – Sai Baba worshipper – resigns

Posted by Robert Priddy on 30th November 2008 

India’s Minister of Home Affairs, Shivraj Patil, who lost his seat at the last election, was nevertheless given the government post by Manmohan Singh. These two cronies are co-worshippers of Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi – and Sonia Gandhi protegees, the self-proclaimed God Incarnate, Deity of deities, The Father who Sent Jesus and virtually whatever else almighty or divine. At last, this worshipper and top home affairs protector of Sathya Sai Baba has met his Waterloo and had to resign! A further casualty is the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh (see CNN report).

Further Resources –

The Genesis of the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ (Sai Baba)

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A RevisionTrade Follows Flag.

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

The Secret Swami. BBC Docu. Review. Condensed (for busy readers)

Film Clip of V.P.B. Nair making his statement

Basava Premanand Long Challenged Indian Governments To Come Clean On Sathya Sai Baba

Robert Priddy –

Ex Indian P.M. A.B. Vajpayee’s deceits and cover-ups

Indisputable facts about Sathya Sai Baba by BBC

The British Press on the BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ film

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                                                            


Barry Pittard’s comments in regard to the Public Petition) -:

Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult    


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

There is a Spanish version available:


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India’s Ancient Tradition of Respect For Elders Waylaid By Corrupt Elites

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 20, 2009

India has an extraordinary respect for elders. When undistorted by other historic sociological factors, this is an admirable and powerfully cohesive social force. But in the areas of wealth and power it has also often become, over centuries, and in many ways, distorted into an oppression that renders India a land of both concealed and gaping wounds.

This respect for the elderly is found too in other old cultures from which, likewise, the West needs to learn a great deal in regard to the need to much more cherishing and caring for the elderly – not alone in material terms but emotionally and spiritually. How can each of us meaningfully approach our own ageing well if we have not been able to qualitatively connect with, and relate to, the elderly? I may add that former devotees in various parts of the world have by no means, although severing their connection with Sathya Sai Baba, lost their community involvement in practical endeavours that honor the elderly – not to mention other seviceful activities.

Tragically for India, a gerontocracy minus meritocracy riddled and mishaped the upper part of India’s social fabric, and gave it types of leadership (so-called!) very different to the shining exceptions whom the sold-out leaders tiresomely invoke in speech after speech – in base genuflection.

The ‘India Shining’ of whom today’s propagandists and over-eager technocrats speak is not a reality. When what glitters are some technological smarts, and when there is the headlong readiness to repeat the mistakes of a materialistic West, one can be sure that all is not the old, true gold.

The shining that I saw in my years in India is truly present, especially among the people at large, but is often profoundly obscured, although paid lip service to by her incredibly powerful and conscienceless cabals of go-getters.

Further Reading at

Two Indias. Barry Pittard Reflects On India Days

A Strong India Can Bless The World

India A Mature Democracy? BBC Probes

India’s Painful Experience of Corrupt Leadership

Many Power Brokers Follow Failed Prophet Sathya Sai Baba

India’s ‘Emperor’ Sai Baba. By His Lavish Spending Ye Shall Know Him

Indulal Shah and Indian Government Cover Up

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

Human Rights World Report 2008. India In Sore Shape

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