At 'Call For
Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba' see the
Barry Pittard on February 21, 2009
"A great many Hindus do not at
all approve of Sai Baba, as anyone who has travelled extensively
in India or who knows many non-resident Indians knows only too
"A small but powerful test:
simply, ask your Indian friends their reaction to the
name Mahatma Gandhi or Shirdi Sai Baba, and then to the name
Sai Baba. The qualitative difference of reaction will commonly
be altogether striking".
"Many Indians - Hindus, Muslims,
Sikhs, Parsis, Christians, Buddhists, Humanists, Rationalists
and so on - are appalled by the incredibly lavish pomp and
circumstance that surround Sathya Sai Baba. They do not want his
going around in a golden chariot and all the rest of the panoply
to represent the greatness of their country".
NOTE: This article notes in
passing how the head of the UK Sathya Sai Organization Ashok
Bhagwani - with considerable intellectual fallaciousness - has
stretched connotations (among those who will be perturbed at the
BBC's exposure of Sathya Sai Baba of the notion: 'Sai Baba
followers' to extend to the meaning of 'the Asian community'.