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BBC Hidden Camera in ‘Secret Swami’. Ethical?

Posted by Barry Pittard on June 6, 2008

Was it ethical for the BBC to use a hidden camera in ‘The Secret Swami’?

It used it in the case of a highly elusive chairman of a world organization, Dr Michael Goldstein of Covena, California, that faces grave questions in India and many countries around the world.

The Sathya Sai Organization, despite many claims not to recruit or fund raise should certainly be scrutinized by a public and its government, political and institutional organs, which it most definitely cultivates at both peak and local levels.

Sanctions for the unusual use of hidden camera were obtained by the producers from top echelon BBC management and legals.

Despite the alarums and excursions of Dr G. Venkataraman (and informally allied Sathya Sai Baba proxy defenders on the Internet whose libels and slanders are deemed by top lawyers in three countries to be extreme, widespread and highly actionable), the BBC had every just cause to shoot clandestinely. The extensive lack of accountability, transparency and of Duty-of-Care were not only seen clearly by the BBC but have also been noted by other world leading, high quality media in several countries.

Further Reading

The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision

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

Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List

For Viewing

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

http://home.hccnet.nl/cmg.vdsandt/The%20Secret%20Swami.wmv
(23.3 MB, Modem)

Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster):
http://www.rfjvds.dds.nl/seduced/seduced.wmv
(80 MB, Broadband)

http://home.hetnet.nl/~seduced/seduced.wmv
(21 MB, Modem)

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Sai Baba’s Birthday. Vast, Costly Pomp and Ceremony

Posted by Barry Pittard on November 20, 2007

Sathya Sai Baba celebrates his birthday on November 23, 2007 when he turns 82. You may be be sure that it will be celebrated with vast and costly pomp and ceremony that would have done any maharaja proud.

For decades, Sathya Sai Baba has not had to go to the maharajas. The maharajas – or, to be more exact, their republican equivalents – go to see him.

(For revealing photo of Sathya Sai Baba’s twin palaces at Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, South India, click HERE)

Sai Baba’s Dead Body Can (Almost) Go Marching On

Tune: Brothers, will you meet me
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave;
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave;
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave;
His soul’s marching on!
(Chorus)
Glory, halle—hallelujah! Glory, halle—hallelujah!
Glory, halle—hallelujah! his soul’s marching on!

Is this vast opulence amidst incredible poverty and squalor quite the image that contemporary India, as she thrusts towards superpower status, wishes the rest of the world to have of her?

One may think – but Sathya Sai Baba will fade away. But no. A powerful component of India is simply not like that at all. This aspect does not admit of gurus dying. For they, as it were, live on in their pictures. In their garments. In replicas of their feet (padukas – often cast in precious metal). In the places they frequented. In the buildings they caused to be erected. They march with stronger stride than poor John Brown ever did! They march millennially. Only reason and good sense would ever stop them in their tracks. And one is reminded, to take but one example of how corruption profits from sainthood, of how, scarcely had Saint Francis of Assisi died than his successor Brother Elias set up lavish memorials. Disciplic squabbles over saintly remains is an old, old story. Yet this was to a life whose only true memorials were the poor whom Saint Francis raised up, and his inspiration to a great many down the centuries in the sacrifice of materiality.

Sathya Sai Baba’s Imperial Decay

Pride is said to come before a fall. In the case of Sathya Sai Baba puffery and proudery now come during a fall, since we are now in a better position to see the imperial decay suggested in my article The Decline and Fall of The Showman Empire. (For the busy reader, there is a condensed version, Sai Baba’s Undivine Downfall).

Pictures of Sathya Sai Baba’s Opulence and Self-glorification

For a photographic glimpse of the incredible lavish material ‘spendour of Puttaparthi’, see Sai Baba, Kubla Khan, Citizen Kane, Bill Gates et alia. Or my reader may like to view some Sathya Sai Baba Chariots.

In the selfsame India, there is, with what deepest irony, a profoundly genuine splendour, down thousands of years, of saints and sages living in the utmost simplicity.

Where Do Sathya Sai Baba’s Riches Come From?

Where do the – no, not millions – billions of dollars (and many another currency) come from that support Sathya Sai Baba’s overweening self-glorification? The answer is, often – from your country and mine.  See, Sai Baba Exchequer Worth Billions. Many Countries Donate

Fortunately, a television documentary such as the BBC’s The Secret Swami was one of the means by which networked former Sai Baba devotees from several countries have found to communicate our testimony worldwide. A piece from the BBC’s publicity department gives a small idea of the sheer impact caused by coverage of dissenting views of Sai Baba and his cult, the Sathya Sai Organization. More millions have see DR’s Seduced, Azul TV’s Divine Sin, and read articles in major news media in India, UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, and so on. See, Exposure of Sathya Sai Baba. Media Source List. For a video version of Seduced (DR, Danish Broadcasting, Denmark’s national television and radio broadcaster, the Australian version of which – against threats by the Sathya Sai Organization in Australia – was entitled Seduced By Sai Baba), click on:
(80 MB, Broadband). Seduced (21 MB, Modem)

Further Reading (with links to highly exposing BBC and other film footage)

The Secret Swami. BBC Docu. Review. Condensed

Sai Baba Says His Cult Is ‘The’ Divine Organization In History

Muslim Leaders Initiative Bold. Sai Baba’s Efforts Fail

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BBC WORLD SERIES ‘The World Uncovered’
‘The Secret Swami’

Sai Baba is one of India’s most renowned gurus. To his millions of followers around the world he is the embodiment of God on Earth. Reporter Tanya Datta investigates a disturbing story with allegations of magic, murder and sexual abuse.Some of the 200-plus countries where this documentary will be screened are listed below. Other countries can find by searching the more complete schedules at http://www.bbcworld.com/ for Saturday 25th September & Sunday 26th September, 2004INDIA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 13.40 & 17.40 — & 26th Sept. at 00.40
NEPAL
Saturday 25th September – screened at 13.55, 17.55 — & 26th Sept. at 00.55
SRI LANKA
Saturday 25th September – screened 14.10, 18.10 — & 26th Sept. at 01.10
MALAYSIA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 16.10 & 20.10 — & 26th Sept..at 03.10
THAILAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 15.10, 19.10 — & 26th Sept..at 02.10
SINGAPORE
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 16.10 & 20.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
HONG KONG, CHINA
Saturday 25th September – screened 16.10, 20/10 – & 26th September at 03.10
JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA
Saturday 25th – screened at 17.10 & 21.10 — & 26th Sept..at 04.10
NEW ZEALAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 20.10 — & 26th Sept..at 00.10 & 07.10
AUSTRALIA
New South Wales (Sydney), Australian Capital Territory (Canberra), Queensland, Whitsunday Islands, Tasmania – Saturday 25th – screened at 18.10 and 22.10 — & 26th September at 05.10
South Australia (Adelaide) & Northern Territories – Saturday 25th – screened at 17.40 & 21.40
— & 26TH Sept. 04.40
Perth – Saturday 25th – screened at 16.10 & 20.10 — & 26th Sept..at 03.10
Lord Howe Islands – Saturday 25th – screened at 18.40 & 22.40 — & 26th September at 05.4)
FIJI
Saturday 25th September – screened at 20.10 & 26th September at 00.10, 07.10
MAURITIUS
12.10, 16.10 & 23.10
ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.10, 15.10 & 22.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
RUSSIA (see BBC schedules for other regions)
Russian Federation (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Astrakhan, Naryan.Ma
Saturday 25th September – screened at 12.10, 16.10 & 23.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
ROMANIA, TURKEY, BELARUS, UKRAINE, KALININGRAD
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.10, 15.10 & 22.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
SWEDEN, DENMARK, NORWAY, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY & POLAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
GREENLAND (general)
Saturday 25th September – screened at 06.10, 10.10 17.00 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
ICELAND
Saturday 25th September – screened at 08.10, 12.10 19.00 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
FRANCE & SPAIN
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)
PORTUGAL
Saturday 25th September – screened at 09.10, 13.10 & 20.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

SWITZERLAND: No screening scheduled. Some coverage from adjacent countries

AUSTRIA, SLOVENIA, SLOVAKIA, CROATIA, SERBIA, MONTENEGRO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, HUNGARY
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

ITALY
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

GREECE
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.10, 15.10 & 22.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

ISRAEL
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

IRAN
Saturday 25th September – screened at 11.40, 15.40 & 22.40 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

CANADA
Atlantic – Saturday 25th September – screened at 05.10, 09.10 & 16.10
Central , Western Ontario – Saturday 25th – screened at 03.10., 07.10 & 14.10
Eastern Quebec, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Ontario – Saturday 25th – screened at 04.10, 08.10 & 15.10
Saskatchewan – Saturday 25th – screened at 02.10, 06.10 & 13.10 — NOT ON Sunday 26th)

U.S.A: No screening scheduled. Some coverage from adjacent countries.

MEXICO
Baja California Norte & Sonora – Saturday 25th September – screened 01.10, 05.10, & 12.10
Baja California Sur, Sinalca, Chichuahua – Saturday 25th – screened at 02.10, 06.10 & 13.10
General incl. Mexico City – Saturday 25th – screened at 03.10., 07.10 & 14.10

SOUTH AFRICA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 10.10, 14.10 & 21.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

ARGENTINA
Saturday 25th September – screened at 05.10, 09.10 & 16.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

BRAZIL
S.E. Coast (Rio, Sao Paulo, Brazilia) Saturday 25th September – screened at 05.10, 09.10 & 16.10
— (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

VENEZUELA , TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Saturday 25th September – screened at 04.10, 08.10 & 15.10 — (NOT ON Sunday 26th)

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The Secret Swami. BBC Docu. Review. Condensed

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 16, 2007

Many have sought out my article, The BBC’s The Secret Swami – A Revision. However, it is very long, and many readers are very busy. So, for the sake of condensation, here, in the form of quotes, are some key pieces of information from it. Downloadable video footage is in the clickable references at the foot of this present blog.

Subheaders

  • Focus on One Family Obscures Vast Extent of Allegations
  • Governments Placate India
  • Supposedly God, Sai Baba Woos Heads of State and other Big Players
  • Foreign Goose Lays Multi-billion Dollar Eggs For Sai Baba
  • BBC’s Tanya Datta asks: ‘Is Sai Baba Above The Law?’
  • Oiling Penises Not A Hindu Ritual. (Nor Of Other World Faiths)
  • Top Indian Minister Shows Ugly Face of Indian Government Sai Baba Patronage
  • Dr Goldstein Tells BBC “I am what I am – a consummate professional”
  • “He Could Go Out And Murder” Says Billionaire backer, Isaac Tigrett
  • “Absolutely Cold-blooded Murder”, Says Former Home Secretary, V.P.B.Nair
  • Room For Many More Documentaries

Quotes

“The BBC’s cameras at Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram at Puttaparthi in South India catch the pomp, circumstance, opulence and the highly stage-managed atmosphere of the crowded Mahasivaratri festival, February 2004”

V.P.B. Nair, former Home Secretary in Sai Baba’s State of Andhra Pradesh at the time of the killings, is seen in the BBC television documentary on Sai Baba, The Secret Swami, (2004), where he says that the police killings were “cold-blooded murder””.

The Secret Swami confines itself to four areas:

  • Accusations down many years of Sai Baba’s serial sexual molestation of young males from various countries
  • His implication in police executions in his private quarters on June 6, 1993
  • Cover-up by him and the leadership of his worldwide organization, and as well as by successive Indian governments, of major criminal allegations
  • His faking of miracles”

“BBC producer Eamon Hardy and his team’s view was that serious questions are raised about India’s political maturity”.

“Focusing on one family meant no examination of anything like the full extent of the allegations. It also meant no examination of the multiple billions (that’s a ‘b’ not an ‘m’) that pour into the Sathya Sai Central Trust coffers from all over the world, or of financial scams by his administration (e.g., the selling of apartments which are sometimes later taken away from the paid up owners), which devotees blindly accept, as “tests of faith”. It meant no examination of Tony Blair’s and also the Conservative Party Whips suppression of over fifty British parliamentarians (an earlier list showing, as I recall 47, was incomplete) to raise Sai Baba-related issues in the House of Commons.  This was at a time when Blair wanted to placate the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee so as to win a contract for 66 jet fighters for India. The BBC had evidence from a former British diplomat that Vajpayee demanded of Blair that he cool down the activity concerning Sathya Sai Baba, whose long-time devotee Vajpayee was, and is. The urgency to win the deal was bi-partisan”. For futher information, see my article, Flag Follows Trade. Abetting Indian Government Corruption

“Other documentaries will need to look at the supposedly miraculously materialized jewelry which independent international assayers like the Queen of Denmark’s crown jeweler attest are faked

“Caught by the BBC cameras for all time, Sai Baba pretended to vomit up pure gold Siva Lingam. A few minutes later, he told his vast audience:

“Out of the stomach emanated Shiva Lingas of the weight  of three tonnes.  That’s the reason why some strain on  the face and the body”.

“BBC producers say that Sai Baba’s top leaders at first thought the documentary would present a ‘positive image’ of their guru and the works of his organization to the world. Hence the rare permission for the BBC to shoot at Sai Baba’s ashram”.

“The exposure by Denmark’s national broadcaster in its 2003 documentary Seduced (renamed Seduced By Sai Baba in the English language version by Australia’s national multicultural broadcaster SBS), seen by millions in Denmark, Norway and Australia – when the top Sai leaders in Denmark and Australia made unavailing threats of legal action – must still have haunted their minds”.

“Showing three zealous western devotees eccentrically rhapsodizing about Sai Baba fails to indicate his appeal to people of many cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Filming eccentrics detracts from the serious purpose seen elsewhere in the documentary. It obscures the interest he has evoked in figures of great power (e.g., Bill and Hillary Clinton (more particularly Hillary), Al Gore, Mikhail and (the late) Raisa Gorbachev (a friend of mine informed me that Mrs Gorbachev told her that Gorbachev had a book of discourses by Sai Baba as his bedside reading). Confirmation of the Clinton connection and their readiness to meet Sai Baba, which was thwarted by security advisors on both sides, was given to me by my beloved friend, one of Sai Baba closest of all servitors, the great Indian author and newspaper Editor (the late) V.K. Narasimhan. The sheer penetration of Sai Baba’s influence is of real concern”.

“One learns that The U.S. minerals magnate James Sinclair got upset when Sai Baba officials announced sums of money that he had donated, so it is likely that his continuing donations are now not being disclosed. However, we know that he twice donated U.S. 600 million dollars. I shall have to see whether I can check the figure but I think Sinclair further donated $100 million for Sai Baba’s first water project, a sum announced by Indulal Shah (then head of the Sathya Sai Organization) at Sai Baba’s 70th birthday celebrations, when Shah listed every donor to the Water Project who had given at least one crore. U.S. devotee friends who knew Sinclair and his wife, (the late) Barbara Sinclair said that Sinclair was very shocked that his name would brought out”.

“Would many Indian politicians, notorious for their extreme corruption, dare expose the foreign goose that lays the (cosmic!) golden egg? Driving this question would have reinforced the documentary’s fundamental query about whether India is a mature democracy”.

“We see the hospital by English architect Keith Critchlow for Sai Baba (a long-time conduit to Prince Charles). Largely funded by Isaac Tigrett and inaugurated in 1991, this hi-tech heart and kidney hospital even outdazzles the many-splendoured architecture of the ashram. BBC cameras miss the names of other big donors, overseas and Indian, which are on a Roll of Honour in the hospital portico. Indeed, The Secret Swami fails to mention the billions that pour into the Sai coffers from various countries such as Australia, Canada, Hong Kong (indeed, the Chinese diaspora), Germany, Indonesia, Japan, UK, USA … Like the American James Sinclair (who often works from Canada), the precious metals speculator, alone has donated several hundreds of millions of dollars)”.

“To convince the most critical, the BBC needed demonstrations as sophisticated as those in the Danish documentary Seduced (a copy of which the BBC possessed) where the Danish magician Nils Krøjgaard exposes the deceptions involved”.

“Confronted by the BBC’s Tanya Datta, Murli Manohar Joshi, one of the most powerful ministers in the since-defeated right wing Vajpayee government, soon loses his temper, jabbing away with pointed finger at Ms Datta, accusing the BBC and people in England of plotting against Sai Baba, A.B. Vajpayee and P.N. 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””.

“So repeatedly evasive was Dr Michael Goldstein that the BBC team gained permission from BBC heads and legals to film him with hidden cameras. The BBC cleverly gets him to admit the correctness of the Rahm family’s report of his words. Unlike his archangelic namesake and just like Joshi, his finger repeatedly jabs at Tanya Datta as he snarls, blusters and fulminates. Seemingly in need of a child’s first dictionary, Dr Goldstein hurls the questions, “Transparency in what sense?” and “What do you mean by thorough investigation”? He says that his “heart and his conscience” know that the allegations of sexual molestation could not be true. But what about the heart and conscience of families and individuals around the world who give accounts of Sai Baba’s tragic harming of their boy children?”

“We see the President of India Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and Dr Manmohan Singh (now India’s Prime Minister) visiting Sai Baba on his birthday. The ‘secret swami’ does not have to go to Indian Presidents, Prime Ministers and other power brokers on all sides of politics. They go to him!”

“In exposing a dangerous and influential cult, The Secret Swami is plucky and perceptive. Canada’s national broadcaster CBC was waylaid by hundreds of phone calls and emails by Sai Baba devotees, both before and after the screenings of the documentary in Canada. The program host said on air “We stand by the professionalism of our BBC colleagues”.

For Downloading and Viewing

The Secret Swami (BBC Television)
(154 MB, Broadband). The Secret Swami (23.3 MB, Modem)

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

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