Babu Gogineni re Keith Bradsher

 to Barry Pittard



Babu Gogineni re Keith Bradsher

 to Barry Pittard





Posted: July 2, 2003

Author: Barry Pittard


Reference: See my earlier posting of today - Keith Bradsher, New York Times, Responds to Barry Pittard  

Note: The writer of this email to me just to hand, which responds to Keith Bradsher's email to me of this morning, is Babu Gogineni. He lives in London and is the Executive Director of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Website:  Babu Gogineni has given his permission for this post to  

This body describes itself as: "the federating international umbrella organisation of Humanist, rationalist and secularist organisations from over 37 countries with Specialist NGO Consultative status at the UN, UNICEF and the Council of Europe." 

The Barry Bearak who Babu Gogineni refers to is, unlike Keith Bradsher who was a runner-up to the Pulitzer Prize, a 2002 Pulitzer recipient for International Reporting, and was a finalist for the Prize in 1987. He is Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, New York Times. 

Barry Pittard 

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2003 2:42 PM

Subject: Re: Keith Bradsher, New York Times, Writes to Barry Pittard

Dear Barry, 

This is absolutely breathtaking! NY Times Asia Bureau Chief Barry Bearak - based in Delhi - called me for help in arranging a meeting for him with Dr. Younis Shaikh, accused of blasphemy and in prison in Pakistan. It was a pleasure to work with him. NYT carried a major article on Dr. Shaikh later.  

At that time I had a discussion with Mr. Bearak as regards Satya Sai Baba. At his request I faxed him my 'Sex, Lies and Videotape, Retelling the Sathya Sai Story'. Mr. Bearak then told me that he was planning to do an article on Sathya Sai Baba. It would be strange for Mr. Bradsher to suggest that NYT Delhi had no idea of allegations against Sathya Sai Baba!  

So Mr. Bradsher replies after 7 months! In any case, I went to, typed in Sathya Sai Baba, and the second article that popped up was my own Sathya Sai Baba Retelling the Sathya Sai Story! 

Flimsy excuses. As a reader who holds the mighty institution of NYT in high regard, I have a right to be disappointed by NYT, and not just because of Jason Blair! In the case of Jason Blair, the NYT management acted honorably as soon as the facts became known. What is the management doing in the case of Keith Bradsher's article and the worldwide protests?  


Babu Gogineni