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Why Have Ex-Devotees Not Landed Sathya Sai Baba In Jail?

Posted by Barry Pittard on July 31, 2010

Today’s topic relates to an email just received at this site. My reader will readily pick up the issues by reading on:

I first responded:

 Please confirm that this email address is valid, and that you sent to my blogsite at:  https://barrypittard.wordpress.com . Unfortunately, some of us who have spoken out about Sathya Sai Baba get all too many emails which, when responded to, turn out to be invalid.

 There are perfectly good reasons why it is difficult to proceed against Sathya Sai Baba on a legal front. Trustfully, you are not assuming malfeasance of the part of many who have left the Sathya Sai Organization. Or indeed that there there is not compelling evidence of a sort that cannot, and ought not, be consigned to the internet. Or still further that there are not compelling arguments of a nature not at all legal, as well.

Quite commonly, those who write, who are partial to Sathya Sai Baba, give invalid email addresses. But the reply came:

This confirms the validity of my E-mail address. What has aroused my interest is the fact that you have assembled such an abundance of allegations against Sathya Sai Baba, yet you seem unable to proceed to have these tested in a court of law. My question is: “Why?”

The perception is that these allegations are unfounded and, in fact,  really represent the animosity of disgruntled ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba allied with representives of organized religion whose membership has suffered sharp reduction as their adherents migrated to the fold of the Sai organization.

Perceptions, I admit, can be misleading. I would, however, be glad to hear your explanation as to why, in the face of your abundant body of charges against Sathya Sai Baba and the Sai Organization, you are encountering difficulties in proceeding with this matter in any court of law. Herein lies my curiosity.

I replied:

From admittedly cursory searches on the internet, I find that you seem to have one degree or another of affiliation with Sathya Sai Baba. I smiled at affectionate old times as I read your note about my dear old ‘friend’, Sai Gita. (ed. Sai Baba’s late elephant)

It may not be far amiss for me to think that, if you remain a deeply convicted follower of Sathya Sai Baba, and yet familiar (if you are so) with writings such as mine, then it is highly likely that you will not be persuadable by any amount of evidence. If this were so, I would be wasting my time and energy.

On the other hand, many have left the Sathya Sai fold only after they first, and for a long time, thought the worst of former devotees who have spoken out. Thus, it may be that you will come to resemble those of us who entertained the greatest doubts about the allegations, and who then made extensive investigation before they saw that these concerns are made with the integrity and, after the most careful investigation, in regard of individuals and/or their families and friends around the world.

If are a person known in your profession, trade or wider community as an individual of outstanding probity (as is the case of so many former devotees, and, I hasten to add of remaining devotees known to me whom I nonetheless respect across the great divide), then I would consider corresponding with you.

You speak of “the perception”, and, as you say, perceptions can be misleading. To name but one perception extant among many Sathya Sai devotees (the one you choose to mention), the notion about “disgruntled ex-devotees” etc.,  embodies an assumption that does acute injustice to many of those who have left Sathya Sai Baba. There is a strikingly pluralistic character to the ranks of those who have left. The apostates come from many socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. To posit homogeneity would be to show a readiness to jump to a conclusion. Such a lack of rigour does many who so aver little credit. Anything that distorts the real fact is simple-minded, one-sided and profoundly unfair. What is more, there are high-ranking servitors around Sathya Sai Baba who know from long acquaintance that many who have left have done so for principled reasons. History will not judge these leaders well, it often strikes me. That is to say, we have not, often after decades of deep, committed and sustained devotion, and considerable amounts of service and close collegiality, become “demons”, “Judases”, “disgruntled”, and so forth, in some perverse, overnight “miracle”.

I note that, in your writings on the web, you speak of some matters related to India. I suggest that if you know India really well, you will already have some grounds on which to contemplate why it might be difficult to proceed legally against Sathya Sai Baba in that country. Is it, by the way, possible that you, or those whose perceptions you cite, have a notion that prosecuting or litigating in regard of many kinds of grave injustice have a clear trajectory even in advanced democracies?

Have you seen ‘The Secret Swami’? The link is here: The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision

I may also suggest that you read carefully the writings of those such as Robert Priddyhttp://robertpriddy.wordpress.com – (former long-time head of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway, and retired academic of the University of Oslo), the Australian linguistic scholar Brian Steelhttp://bdsteel.tripod.com/More/, Seiguei Badaev (a former SS Org. Russian leader) – Sathya Sai Baba Critic Serguei Badaev: An Incisive Voice of Conscience From Russia, Terry Gallagher (former head of the Australian Sathya Sai Organization – see, A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 2, Timothy Conway Ph.D., (a former US SSorg leader) – Timothy Conway Ph.D – On ‘The Hislop Letters’ , Stephen Carthew (former SSorg spiritual co-ordinator in South Australia) –https://barrypittard.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/stephen-carthew-a-voice-of-testimony-from-australia-on-the-dangers-of-cults/, the former Dutch leader Leo Boogaard The Late Leo Boogaard: A Dutch Voice of Conscience On Sathya Sai Baba, David and Faye Bailey (former prominent leaders and plenipotentiaries of Sathya Sai Baba) – Truth In Action: David and Faye Bailey Vs Sathya Sai Baba and David Bailey and Thomas Wiehe. Transcript Of Phone Link: Sathya Sai Abuses, and many writings available at: http://www.exbaba.com,

Should I feel that you show a robust readiness to read these and other basic readings, some of which should begin to answer, in a variety of ways, the query that you have put to me, and a truthful sincerity to engage (as thus far) in a civil correspondence, where it is not your intention to abuse or libel many wonderful people who have left Sathya Sai Baba, I shall be glad to correspond with you.

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Why Has Sathya Sai Baba Not Faced The Indian Justice System?

Posted by Barry Pittard on January 14, 2010

There is a question that keeps getting asked. It is one never answered by pro Sai interests – other than with a superficiality and ad hominem attacks resoundingly obvious to serious and probing investigators:

Given the grave seriousness of the allegations of serial sexual abuse of boys and young men from countries around the world, why have these matters not been dealt with through the Indian justice system? 

But – what Indian justice system?! 

Essentially, the answer is that Sathya Sai Baba is powerfully protected by Indian governmental corruption, irrespective of which political regime has the upper hand. His devotee base is vast. In 2001, the celebrated Indian advocate Kamini Jaiswal (who was a lawyer for the famous ‘Bandit Queen’ Phoolan Devi) attempted to mount, pro bono, a case against Sai Baba on behalf of a former Sai Baba devotee, Hari Sampath. apparently a former member of Sathya Sai Baba’s intelligence and security wing. They were thwarted in what lawyers, including eminent ones from different countries (their identities are available to bona fide investigators by writing me), have described by such terms as “a kangaroo court”. One used to democratic court proceedures can hardly believe, as one reads the lawyer’s notes in transcript, that judges could be so blatant. See, Record of Proceedings document of Hari Sampath’s 2001 case against Sai Baba in the Supreme Court of India, and further comments on this case scuppered by Judges G.B. Patnaik and R.C. Lahoti with the concurrence of then Chief Justice Dr A.S. Anand.

Sathya Sai Baba Disposed Judges Sathya Sai Baba Disposed Judges

Another example of the appallingness that can pass for Indian justice (often an oxymoron) is illustrated by the conduct of a Sai Baba devotee Judge,  Y. V. Anjaneyulu, in Sai Baba’s state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a judgement that contradicts India’s secular justice system and confounds our lawyer members in far more democratic countries than India who have seen the document. For this perversion of justice, see HERE.

Although one must pay tribute to those in the Indian police and legal systems who strive against great odds to do an honest job, one fact has to be faced squarely: there is terrible and extensive corruption in the Indian justice system. With great superficiality and intellectual dishonesty, Pro Sai forces, such as Gerald Joe Moreno, like to attack those of us who point out this internationally-known fact, and they speak, of “India bashing”. It is nothing of the sort. Indian commentators have long and widely lamented the profound corruption of Indian institutions. In a delightful and well-written piece, at the LEGAL RESOURCE CENTRE INDIA, “India’s top 10 lawyers”, Dhananjay Mahaputra (in Times of India Crest Edition Saturday 9 January 2010) writes of K. Paransaran, whom he describes as “the grand old man of India’s court royalty” as one who:  “believes the Bar is no longer as ethical as it once was. He is sad that the image of the higher judiciary has been tarnished with so many allegations of corruption”. Paransaran reflects: “What can I do, but offer my prayers?'”.

A legal course of action initiated in the United states failed to get off the ground because of a legal loophole, in which the Sai Baba group portrayed their entity as being a bookshop. There was no trial, contrary to what has been said by pro Sai interests who are very careless with the facts, and gravely misrepresented by Dr G. Venkataraman, Sai Baba’s deputy world head.  

Anyone who wishes to undertake litigation has both to ask themselves what are their financial resources and what are their emotional resources. They also need to establish whether they can hire a lawfirm not noted to employ advocates who can be outsmarted both before and during a trial.

Here are some resources:    ‘Alaya Rahm’s Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America – Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family’: http://www.rfjvds.dds.nl/ex-baba/engels/articles/alayarahm.htm .   ‘Alaya Rahm’s Testimony – Some Key Statements:  http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/6/alaya.htm   ‘On Alaya Rahm’s Testimony Against Sathya Sai Baba’:  http://www.saibabaexpose.com/PremRahm.htm . Dr G. Venkataraman is extensively refuted in a four-part article by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard:  ‘The Sathya Sai Organisation’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed’ – Part One Two Three Four

For Al Rahm’s remarkably decent, self-restrained and detailed reply to a notorious antagonist Gerald Joe Moreno, Sathya Sai Baba’s principal defense on the internet, see: Al Rahm’s Explanatory Letter To Sathya Sai Baba Internet Proxy Gerald Moreno 

General  

The International Sathya Sai Organization – an accessory to a massive libel and disinformation campaign. Open letter to the Prasanthi Council – c/o Dr. M. Goldstein, Dr. G. Venkataraman and its other members

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Attacks By Hooligans Against Foreign Students In Australia

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 5, 2009

In relation to attacks against foreign students in Australia, there are some tough questions. A number of reasons exist why the majority of these attacks have occurred on Indian students, and the issue is complex. The situations are not as portrayed, with a dangerous, irresponsible oversimplification, either by certain sections of the Indian media that are clearly committed to jingoism, hysteria, sensationalism and burgeoning of sales, who gravely misrepresent the view of a great many Indians who live in Australia (See e.g., statement by Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria president Vasan Srinivasan) or by an isolated but powerful and  disgraceful class of radio talk-back hosts who are biggots and their poorly-educated audiences we alarmingly still have in Australia, known as ‘shock jocks’.

No amount of misrepresentation can alter the facts that most Australians do not engage in or approve of racism. Many from some 200 countries who have migrated to this country attest to this fact. The situation is not assisted by those who, whether out of sensationalism or simple-mindedness or agendas of hatred resort to the fallacy of confusing part with whole, branding the behaviour of a few a whole group, who do not think, or feel or act out that for which they are being assailed.

However, the question of whether we in Australia are in danger of being selfish, cocooned, complacent and far too unquestioning of our ‘authorities’ and ourselves is quite another question. It was communities in the suburbs, far more than forces within governments, which won Australia’s great achievements in  forging a multicultural society. Sometimes the word ‘multiculturalism’ has been used but it can be a confusing and systematically misleading term.  The Australian experience – or experiment –  needs to be carefully distinguished from the performances of other countries, and discussed with proper regard for the facts.  One starting-point for those who wish to survey the area is the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council, which has many resources both practical and academic. The Council’s website is HERE.

But there is a work undone: those communities especially in the outer suburbs to which many foreign students are driven by their economic constraints will have to do some of it. They will need to rise to an occasion. Or will they expect the police and other authorities to do it for them? To stand by when bones are being broken and lives destroyed does not add up to self-respect and a sense of justice within those in whose midsts violence is happening.

I offer some questions – very preliminary – that I think my fellow Australians will need to consider:

Why have not messages got through to increasingly bold urban hooligans that attacks on anyone are not to be tolerated?

Why are these uneducated hooligans being permitted to sway Australia’s standing in the fellowship of nations?

What is there about our education, justice and parental support systems that allow for the existence of hooliganism?

What, if any, community-based, imaginative, proactive steps are being taken to make foreign students, migrants and refugees to feel welcome, valued and safe in Australia?

If the police are engaged in a losing battle, as in other areas such as drugs, are the Federal, State and Local governments failing in being upfront and in ensuring the widest public awareness and debate?

Why have attacks escalated to such a point where it has taken organized protests by Indian students studying in this country – and giving up their valuable time in which to raise their voices – before there is strong action directed to remediation?

Are outer and working class suburbs embraced by the powerful ethos  in this country which has generated so many distinguished achievements in bringing about Australia’s in many ways successful multicultural society?

What, if anything, has been the responsiveness by police, the three tiers of government, welfare, civic, religious, cultural, sporting organizations, especially in the outer suburbs to the conditions in which many overseas students are economically forced to study, travel back and forth, and reside?

What, if any steps, have been taken to raise public awareness about the enormity of contribution foreign students make to Australia, both in immediate economic terms but in many, and often intangible ways, in regard to the quality of lasting ties of friendship and cooperation internationally?

What, if any steps, have been taken to raise public awareness of the difficulties many overseas students face in regard to finance, language, culture, cuisine, arduous travel times back and forth between residence and place of study, the perils of landlordism, their being forced to take part-time jobs and somehow coping with demanding courses of study, and so on?

Have the police forces examined their own assumptions? For example, how could police possibly know whether many UNreported attacks were racist or not? The notion is absurd.

Are some police authorities refusing to see that a crime can be BOTH opportunistic AND racial?

Many Indian students, supported by their government and by leaders in the Australian Indian community, attest that the police have not been – qualitatively – listening. Why are the police listening now, and why, in certain ways, too late? Young students at this very moment lie bloodied and broken.

What is the accountability of those policemen police who manhandled parts of the crowd, in attendance at what the responsible media has reported as, except for rare exceptions, a peaceful protest by thousands?

Why are the State and Federal Governments and the education institutions at which foreign students study suddenly galvanized? Why not before this?

A question for those who cry racism at every turning: Has it been noticed that extremely few along the path of the march have been reported, on any side, as having been racist or insulting in any way?

A Helpline for Indian students who are victims of crime is available: 1800342800. From 10am to 5pm, and 7pm to 11pm, Monday to Friday.  Hellplines for ALL foreign students need to be provided and made extensively-known through the student fraternity.

Further Reading

Indian Students Attacked In Melbourne Australia: Cricket Star Brett Lee Voices Concerns

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 4, 2009

Attacks Against Indian Students in Melbourne, Australia

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 2, 2009

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UPDATE

From ‘Hindustan Times’ – which shows a sanity lacking in the sensationalists sections of the Indian media

See article details at this Blog:

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