Two Indias. Barry Pittard Reflects On India Days


Date: 10-12-08

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Two Indias. Barry Pittard Reflects On India Days

Posted by Barry Pittard on October 12, 2008


Will The India of Great Ideals Triumph?

There were outstanding inputs by those from different traditional castes and creeds. In an India often torn by communal clashes, key workers were widely respected through various communities.

Will the Way of the Knife or of the Heart Triumph?

One overseas guest had a near personal miss to life-and-limb, when an extremely militant and highly organized Hindu outfit assumed a foreigner was a Christian missionary.

Will India As A Superpower Oppress, Like Her Old Imperial Master?

Seeing the quality of the work - in which there were many examples that counter shallow notions of an India in which diverse communities cannot pull together, one felt moved to great hopes for an resurgent India that is belied by images of incredibly uneven and flashy opulence and profound squalor and violence.

Many Volunteer Organization Do Great Work

This work among the poor was not linked with the Sathya Sai Organization, although the same ideals of service inspire many who have joined Sathya Sai Baba’s global organization. Indeed that, too, I was able to observe at close quarters, as I traveled to a number of States of India.

Those who pay tribute to the social uplift work conducted by many Sathya Sai Baba followers are right to do so, and most assuredly number former devotees, many of whom gave notable and dedicated service when they, over many decades, were a part of the international Sathya Sai Organization. This work should proceed.