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Indian Scientist Dr G. Venkataraman Accused of Plagiarism

Posted by Barry Pittard on May 15, 2010

Robert Priddy, former long-time head of the Norwegian Sathya Sai Organization and retired academic in philosophy and social sciences at the University of Oslo, has accused one of Sathya Sai Baba’s top aides of serious plagiarism. The official is Dr G. Venkataraman, Sathya Sai Baba’ deputy chairman of the international Sathya Sai Organization and head of its progagandist radio network, Sai Global Harmony. Venakataraman was formerly part of India’s nuclear science establishment, was Sathya Sai Baba’s former close aide, Dr S. Bhagavantham. 

(Dr G.Venkataraman, left).

In his article, Venkataraman – the most gullible physicist alive? Robert Priddy (see Wikipedia entry) notes:

“Dr. G. Venkataraman reviews at length developments in our scientific knowledge of the cosmos… though nothing scientific that is not found in hundreds of books and other media. Venkataraman was a physicist working for the Indian government’s nuclear programme. However, he has copied his information on astronomy from other scientific authorities. Yet he does not once attribute anything he reports to its originators or to other scientific sources! He has even plagiarised text from the Dennis Dutton website, without any mention …

Outright plagiarism: Both text and an image ‘lifted’ from denisdutton.com/einstein_eddington.htm by Prof. G. Venkataraman, who also took the following images, all  without acknowledgement:-

‘The Big Bang’ image from science.hq.nasa.gov/universe/science/bang.html

‘An Expanding Universe’ from http://www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/Phys-SNAP-dark-energy.html
‘The Periodic Table of Elements’ is from http://www.scientificpsychic.com/health/chemistry.html (on which he has even imposed the logo of Radio.Sai!

‘The Chandra Telescope’ images come from starbulletin.com/2000/01/14/news/story1.html

and from http://whyfiles.org/223orbital_astro/images/chandradiag.jpg

The images of white dwarfs are falsely sub-titled “www.radio sai” but they are taken  from http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/Images/science/hubble_m4wd.jpg

He uses copyright images from the Anglo-Australian Observatory at http://astro.ic.ac.uk/Research/Stellar/images/aat050.jpg

… This failure to cite any references in articles on science or academic subjects is regarded as dilettantism by scientists and scholars. The innocent and uneducated may well believe that Venkataraman  discovered such things himself, when he is simply promoting himself as if he were an authoritative researcher. This marks him out as bogus. In addition to this absence of basic scholarly standards, he has a pretentious main agenda. He presumes to inform us of 1) The Cosmic origin of man.  2) Man’s Cosmic connections. 3) Man’s Cosmic responsibilities, and 4) Man’s Cosmic Destiny, no less!
These (contra-feminist) titles alone reveal that he is setting himself up as some kind of ‘spiritual mouthpiece’, misusing science as a mere tool in an attempt to inculcate religious belief – preferably  faith in his Lord and Master, Sathya Sai Baba, as the Incarnation of God Almighty in this Age.”

Sathya Sai Baba Felicitates Deputy, Dr G. Venkataraman,With CarSathya Sai Baba felicitates deputy, Dr Gramme Venkataraman, with automobile

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Further Articles on G.Venkataraman

Sathya Sai Baba’s ‘Minister of Propaganda’ – Dr G. Venkataraman

Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard On Dr G. Venkataraman – Sathya Sai Baba Global Propagandist

The Sathya Sai Organisation’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed (by Robert Priddy and Barry Pittard)

Part One Part Two Part Three

Indian Nuclear Scientist Now Sathya Sai Baba’s Global Radio Chief

The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory

Dr. G. Venkataraman, propagandist in the limelight

Donations to Sathya Sai Central Trust misused by/for directors etc.

Sathya Sai Baba, dictator Idi Amin and G. Venkataraman

Sathya Sai Baba, dictator Idi Amin and G. Venkataraman

Apologist for Sathya Sai Baba

G. Venkataraman – chief propagandist for ‘God’

Venkataraman, a victim of emotional blackmail?

Money, Morality and Sai-worshipper Dr. Venkataraman
Atomic physics Venkataraman-Puttaparthi style. Deeply intriguing

Dr.G. Venkataraman – physicist ‘explains’ Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Organization: Factors Far Beyond Known Critiques Undermine It

Sathya Sai Baba and his Organization Permit Attacks On Ex-followers

Indian Nuclear Scientist Now Sathya Sai Baba’s Global Radio Chief

Sathya Sai Baba’s Deputy Head, Dr G. Venkataraman, Speaks of “Mr Idi Amin”

Venkataraman, a victim of emotional blackmail?

Money, Morality and Sai-worshipper Dr. Venkataraman

Sathya Sai Baba and Dr G.Venkataraman: Will They Disavow Their Idi Amin Fondness?

Idi Amin Video Clip. Amin Claimed Direct Line To God

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The Public Petition   

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

About the Petition For Official Investigation Into Sathya Sai Baba Cult

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

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Sathya Sai Baba On Magnetism. Science or Sai-ence?

Posted by Barry Pittard on August 12, 2009

Note:  Thursday 7 October 2010.  But two areas in which the blindness of countless followers of Sathya Sai Baba is exposed are of science and history. His comments are extremely ill-informed, and sometimes so absurd as to beggar belief. Here is India’s chronically ailing would-be Avatar of Avatars, the figure who has told us that he will soon be traveling abroad! And who long ago said that in the last quadrant of his life he would be ruling the world!  And who said at the time of his 60th birthday that he would not hitherto show signs of physical ageing! This article from 2009 at ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’ drives home the silliness of it all.

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Sathya Sai Baba is wildly at odds with some of the most basic scientific facts. His jumping between physical and metaphysical notions, vague at best, clash with the physics being taught in his colleges and university – and in any respectable classroom.  He would even have it that gold is magnetic!

Sathya Sai Baba - from Sanathana Sarathi, April 2002, p. 123

Sathya Sai Baba – from ‘Sanathana Sarathi’, April 2002, p. 123

In actual fact, at this time, Sai Baba was having grave difficulties with his hip, which had to undergo a series of operations.

In an early blog of mine in 2007 – A Great Deceiver – Laughable But Still Dangerous – I wrote:  “Sai Baba’s many scientist followers must have to block their ears or don magical-thinking hearing aids when he opines on matters scientific. Some of his pronouncements are comic, to be sure. But the smile disappears from one’s face when considering that Sai Baba’s devotees number many leaders in the top power echelons of politics, government, the sciences, the judiciary, diplomacy, industry, finance, the arts, medicine, and so on.  He speaks, for example, of the nature of magnetism” …..

Since then, Sai Baba’s critical commentators have noted many past and current absurdities. A scholar, Brian Steel, strongly versed in Sathya Sai bibliography, has examined many of these, and I have selected and commented on a number of his writings in articles that contain the links to these extensive writings. Sathya Sai Baba has made very serious scientific and historical blunders.

For Steel’s detailed and sharply contextualized discussions, see

 

on Jesus Christ and Martin Luther .

and:

Sai Baba and Christianity. Some Observations (2002).

In the latter, Steel remarks on the “alarming nature of Sai Baba’s inventiveness”. This piece can instructively be read in concert with his:

On Jesus Christ and Martin Luther .

These grand pronouncements of Sai Baba are sometimes accompanied by cheering from the crowds he attracts – or, perhaps one may say, magnetizes. Those devotees who have a scientific education would, if their faith were to be sustained, need to make some procrustean mental shifts, performing conceptual acrobatics worthy of the adherents of Manichaeism.

Further Reading

See Jorge Reyesvera‘s point-by-point, rational reductio of Sathya Sai Baba’s terribly confused, sometimes downright contradictory, notions of magnetism:

The Omniscient Sai Baba’s Massive ignorance of Physics Exposed (I)

  • Be it noted that the source of the discourse that Reyesvera uses is from a provenance long-accepted by Sathya Sai Baba adherents everywhere. A comment on this article reads that this:  “discourse on magnetism by Sathya Sai Baba is from the  Mahasivarathri, 2002 … The following is an excerpt from the verbatim translation of the premsai website’s version of Sathya Sai Baba’s discourse on Mahashivarathri, 13-3-2002, which appears in an edited-down version in ‘Sanathana Sarathi’ – March 2002″.

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General

Public Petition On Sathya Sai Baba (1)

There is a Public Petition calling for official probing of Sai Baba and his Sathya Sai Organization. (See website details at the end of this post).

The JUST (Just Seekers of Truth) petition is presented by a globally networked group of former followers of Sathya Sai Baba. In the ranks of both devotees and dissenters, there are those who say that Sai Baba is history’s most powerful guru. Some critics regard him as one of history’s arch deceivers – highly charismatic, highly flawed. He may brilliantly inspire good social uplift works, which is why so many earnest and good people are attracted to him, but profoundly conceals, along with his core servitors who keep an vice-like grip on his global organization, what is morally loathsome and criminal.

(Note: You may prefer to proceed straight to the Petition):

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

There is a Spanish version available:

PETICIÓN PÚBLICA PARA INVESTIGACIONES OFICIALES DE SATHYA SAI BABA Y SU ORGANIZACIÓN A NIVEL MUNDIAL)

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Further useful Resources Critical of Sathya Sai Baba’s Understanding of Science and Education

The Case of UNESCO’s Missing Media Advisory

Robert Priddy, retired academic in philosophy and the social sciences, University of Oslo, writes in his article

Sathya Sai Baba followers in education and science :-

“Not one head of any independent University in the world has endorsed Sathya Sai Baba educational ideals or programmes, and – as is well known – a branch of UNESCO withdrew from a planned educational conference under the auspices of Sathya Sai Baba at Puttaparthi once they had investigated what this involved. (See UNESCO’s warning on Sathya Sai Baba here)

Not one Nobel laureate is known to be a follower, as far as can be discovered. Incidentally, Sathya Sai Baba has been forwarded as a candidate for the Nobel Peace prize by the Indian Government, obviously without result, of course. He made clear his  hopes that he would receive it from Dr. Michael Nobel, a grandson of Alfred Nobel, but a person who the Nobel Committee has denounced. See Sathya Sai Baba’s hunger for international recognition

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