At ‘Call For Media and Government Investigation of Sathya Sai Baba’, see the article:


India, Corruption and Sathya Sai Baba and His Chief Servitors

Posted by Barry Pittard on December 27, 2010 

“It strikes me that the writer uses the notion "that it (the corruption) parallels" in a systemically misleading way. Surely a more helpful contextualization of the corruption issue to be seen in Sathya Sai Baba and his core servitors is a notion not of 'parallel' but of symptom. This is to say that - apart from the fact that corruption can be found in any social system - many of the Sai Baba-related corruptions reflect aspects deep-rooted in the Indian social system. It would, of course, be absurd to say that all the corruptions to be seen in one part of a social fabric are replicated in every other instance. For example there are Sathya Sai Organization programs which serve human beings without discrimination on the grounds of caste or creed. A discussion would need to be complex, and attempt some weighting of relevance among phenomena often encountered in India as guru worship, demagoguery, casteism, nepotism, and elitism of various kinds, superstition and dependence in matters such as astrology (not least among the elites), vast social inequality, dowry, and so on ....”