Sathya Sai Baba is NOT a friend to the world.




Date: 12-04-2002


To: executive-editor@nytimes

Document date: December 2, 2002

Subject: Sathya Sai Baba is NOT a friend to the world.

Attachment: Public Petition for Official Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba and his Worlwide Organization

Dear Sir,  

The undersigned are writing on behalf of JuST (Just Seekers of Truth), a group of thirty-two concerned citizens who have organised an international petition, so far signed by over 200 persons.

We are much concerned by the activities of a famous guru Sathya Sai Baba and his worldwide organisation. There are a number of serious allegations concerning sexual abuse (including minors) and complicity in murders which must be investigated. Such crimes as allegedly are being covered up by the very influential Sathya Sai Baba and the Sathya Sai Organisation are so serious that ignoring the allegations amounts to ignoring dramatic violations of human rights of innocent victims.

We would beg you to pay attention to a public petition for an official investigation of Sathya Sai Baba and the Sathya Sai Organisation signed by many ex-devotees, ex-members and former office-bearers of the Sathya Sai Organisation. This petition can be examined in full at (the full text is on the attached file).

We request that you kindly will examine this petition and publicise it as you may see fit with an appeal to Indian authorities for the further investigation of these matters.

We are yours sincerely, 

Just Seekers of Truth 

Serguei Badaev: teacher in an independent school in Moscow, 45 years old, member of the Sathya Sai Organisation since 1995 till 2001 (former National Education Coordinator); address: P.O.Box 9, Moscow 125464, Russia; e-mail:

Margarita Sanchez Van Dyck: Paseo San Damian s/n Maltara˝a Jamay, Jalisco C. P. 47900 Mexico

(Phd. Social Psychology. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.-

Formerly Professor, ITESO University, Guadalajara, Jal. Mex.  Ex-honorary advisor for the State of Jalisco Human Rights Commission, Jal. Mex.(1997-2001)

Tel: 52 (for Mex) (392) 927 9039)

Robert Priddy: retired researcher and lecturer in philosophy and sociology, formerly of the University of Oslo, Norway from 1967 to 1987. UK citizen, 65 years old, a founder member and leader for nearly two decades of the Sathya Sai Organisation in Norway.

Address: Agathe Gr°ndahls  gate, 2B. 0478 Oslo, Norway. Tel: (for Norway) 47 91 51 70  . E-mail

Barry Pittard:  Retired college teacher, radio broadcaster.

Former English lecturer at the college of Sathya Sai Baba in Whitefield. Address 599: Hunchy Road, Hunchy. Queensland. 4555, Australia.  Phone:  06 7 5442 9597 e-mai:l


Mainly on the allegations of sexual abuse: and And to view at either site the following articles:  "UNESCO CONFERENCE WITHOUT UNESCO"  under 'Articles - Serguei Badaev' 

Shocking inside information told about the murders told by V.K. Narasimhan and the otherwise largely undisclosed nature of the cultish movement and international organisation are documented and analysed extensively at

From: "Brian Steel"


Subject: For Keith Bradsher, please.

Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 07:34:45 +1100

Dear Mr Bradsher:

I read with interest your NYT article on 1 December about President's Kalam's courtesy visit to Sathya Sai Baba's deemed University in India.

I think you might like to pursue this subject for your readers. There have been many newsworthy things to broadcast about this guru since different  sorts of serious controversy began to accelerate 2 and a half years ago.

I know you are extremely busy but, if you can, please take a quick look at the news sections of or for an idea of the extent of this much wider and up to date story which awaits your readers. It
involves quite a lot of Americans, and others.

You might also like to do a Google search on a 2000 article by your U.K. Daily Telegraph colleague, Mick Brown, too!

It's all there waiting!

Yours very sincerely,

Brian Steel