Posted by robertpriddy on June 29, 2011
from The Hindustan Times
The Press Trust of India published the above information, printed in The Hindustan Times, Wed. 29th June, 2011. The trustees of the Sathya Sai Central Trust decided, contrary to all former practice by the Trust, to pay income tax on the jewelry, and advanced Rs 9.75 crore (that is 97,500,000 rupees equalling US$ 2,173,776.-). Yet stranger than the decision to pay tax, when no official body asked them to pay. The privilege of exemption with regard to income is still kept by the Trust until further notice. The amount of the income tax seems to be quite strange – 97 million rupees. But the amount of cash in SSB’s rooms was 115 million. What is the income tax based on? If were the cash currency it would amount to 85% tax. Jewels are mentioned and there was much gold and silver too. How did they estimate what the tax should be, when to value of the inventory was not then obtained? It seems very like some kind of diversion manoeuvre, and could it even be a bribe of some kind to whatever powers-than-be in this matter… officialdom or public opinion? Does the Sai Trust think it can usurp the authority of the taxation authorities and decide what tax to pay according to their own rough estimates? The case i bizarre and one smells a rat, and even a sinking ship.
Excerpt from official Prashanthi Nilayam publication of Christmas Sandesh 1998. Don't laugh - but who doesn't know that Paul never met Jesus or "went up to him".
See?R.J. Ratnakar - the nephew of Sathya Sai Baba – finally gave a press interview. He had a rather unconvincing out-of-context smile on his face, which strongly suggests that he was following his guru’s advice and example (until Sai Baba went into old age depression), namely, to keep up a smiling face when under criticism. He reminded me of what a devotee, Rita Bruce, said of the typical Sai official, Mr. Suri of the Book Trust, when I asked if he was the one who smiled when he talked. She replied “He smiles only while he is lying”. Ratnakar lied most outrageously saying that the Sathya Sai Central Trust was entirely transparent… when no one but insiders could get to see any breakdown of the overall published annual figures. That or possibly also officials who had their hands in the pot for bribes? (This is India, don’t forget, not the land of probity by a very long way). His claim that it is the millions of Sai devotees who he cares for is to be balanced against the fact that – if he gets to run the Trust or be part of it – the income is the major concern. That is why he wants to pacify devotees!
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R.J. Ratnakar can be accused of:-
1) the blatant lie that the Sai Trust is “transparent” (but it only so to trustees – only minimally to government. Andhra Pradesh authorities proclaimed they had no information on the Trust dealings when the story first broke). He has spoken of “vested interests” behind the critics, but this is an empty mantra repeated by numerous Sai officials… there is absolutely zero evidence for this and I should know as I am in touch with nearly all who have written criticisms in 10 years… all are independent, mostly ex-followers who have been abused in one way and another!
2) Steering very clear of the key controversy and the hidden facts around it all – the confinement and death of SB
3) Having been known indisputably to try to sideline Sathyajit, who certainly he knew was against Sai Baba’s will, so as to retain control himself. In fact, it was reported that he intended to pronounce himself at Sathya Sai Baba’s spiritual successor!
4) Not forwarding proof of who the money in the van were owned by or what it was for, or why it was in cash – not cheque and not accounting for the episode where many lakhs of cash were apprehended by a bus passenger
5) Being ‘son like father’. Having grown up under a father who was widely known in Puttaparthi – and among foreign visitors – to have run a brothel outside the ashram near the Ganesha gate, he is the son of a liar who takes after his father. His father Janakiramiah, younger brother of Sathya Sai Baba, became a multi-millionaire property magnate in Puttaparthi. He was known by V.K. Narasimhan to have blackmailed the police into executing four young men trapped in Sai Baba’s bedroom (on the pretext that they had tried to assassinate Sai Baba, which SB himself denied!). The famous words were uttered about the execution by Ratnakar’s father to the Home Minister S.B. Chavan – closeted together with V.K. Narasimhan – “Dead men tell no tales” And he and Chavan laughed out loud at that! When Narasimhan told me this in a lowered voice in private early in 1997, it led to my investigating intensely and having to bite the bullet – that I had become deluded by Sai Baba and his many supporters and that all I had done for 18 years for the organization was for a sham. (see a brief account of V.K. Narasimhan’s words as noted in situ in 1997)
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Posted by robertpriddy on June 29, 2011
CNN-IBN’s Face the Nation debated the issue “Sathya Sai Trust under scanner - Is spirituality an industry?”, with special reference to Sathya Sai Baba, whose huge secret hoards of gold, silver and currencies plus much more was recently revealed. Hosted by top TV journalist Sagarika Gosh-Sardesai, Face the Nation is one of the most watched programs in India were invited panelists discuss some key issue, The audience is eventually invited to vote through text messages or emails. Several millions vote every night and a percentage result is given. Yesterday the vote on the issue pertaining largely to Sai Baba showed all of 87% of viewers critical of gurus with money.
In some ways, the issue of the intercepted cash camouflaged much more serious issues. The Sai Trust has already been instructed that it must give up its complete non-transparence of finances in any case. But, for example, one can but wonder what the audience would have voted had the REAL deceptions issue been broached, namely, what happened behind the intense security around Sai Baba who could not even be seen by his relatives when in intensive care? Who was in control and why was the casket and embalming information ordered weeks before he wads declared dead. Did he die naturally or was he disconnected from the life support on Easter Sunday for show, and by whom?
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See the exceptional FTN program here. http://ibnlive.in.com/videos/163428/ftn-sathya-sai-trust-under-scanner-is-spirituality-an-industry.html As a preliminary to the Face the Nation debate, CNN-IBN Editor in Chief Rajdeep Sardesai put some tough questions to Sathya Sai trust lawyer Naganand on the most watched News program in the country “India at 9″. Both Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Gosh-Sardesai were quite critical of the Sathya Sai trust http://ibnlive.in.com/videos/163424/sai-trust-evading-probe.html
Most of India’s national TV channels are doing major shows on the Sai Baba matter since it has become prime time material. The hostility of audiences based on the revelations about Sathya Sai Baba and the battles within the Sai Trust makes a striking change from previous treatment of him and his minions in most of India’s media for many years. This bodes ill for the future of the Sai Baba ashrams and all the institutions originally generated from them. Though powerful political manipulators – right to the top in Indian government for decades – helped Sai Baba escape justice and major exposure within India itself, much of the can of worms – as long known to thousands of ex-followers – has opened and cannot easily be closed.
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Posted by robertpriddy on June 29, 2011
PRELIMINARY NOTE Please see the fuller exposé of slanderer and fantasist O.P. Sudrania
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For the record, the following shows how the blanket denial of the most outspoken ex-devotee critics of Sathya Sai Baba have been denied access to commenting by most Indian newspapers for years. Influence, money have stitched up the India media, with few honourable exceptions. Now the Indian media are at last opening to criticism of some of Sai Baba’s and his institutions many deceptions, and it is surfacing on a major scale too. Yet the Hindustan Times – which once bravely published a damning article based on true facts (see here) has relapsed into a most unprofessional and extremely biased attitude towards my attempts at posting comments there (on the page ‘Puttaparthi protests over mishandling of Sai trust funds’ on-line at http://www.hindustantimes.com/Puttaparthi-protests-over-mishandling-of-Sai-trust-funds/Article1-713799.aspx). They had already removed to rather excessive comments by someone signed in as ‘Iyer’ who berated a comment by Osudrania (aka Dr. Om Prakash Sudrania) which contains untrue statements about an international conspiracy against Sai Baba (not supported by any evidence whatever, as none exists). I commented to Osudrania’s comment in a reasonable tone, presenting facts under my full and correct name. Since my comment was disallowed even after nearly one day, I posted a short announcement to the moderator, which surprisingly appeared instantly (without moderation). It was as shown on the right:-
I therefore tried to post again with my factual statements, but it did not appear as moderation intervened. It never appeared. It was as follows:-
Dr. Om Prakash Sudrania earlier posted a plethora of misinformation on the comment page of the Telegraph (UK) after the Obituary of Sai Baba there. His style was that of a humble questioner (reminiscent of Uriah Heep) – but with a powerful denial of facts and events shining through. He was most firmly refuted with facts and made to look an arrogant know-all. See the key part of the debate at Hans de Kraker: telling comments on Sai Baba on The Telegraph obituary. His statements were contested by the brave and honest Dutch-Australian businessman Hans de Kraker, who described how Sathya Sai Baba abused him sexually and he had filed an affidavit to that effect, and also how he was present at the time of the infamous 1993 executions in Sai Baba’s bedroom, despite Osudrania first ignorantly having claimed he was not!. Osudrania also appeals to the book ‘Miracles are My Visiting Cards’ by Professor Haraldsson, not mentioning that the book contains full details on how Sathya Sai Baba was exposed as a liar about Walter Cowan! See what Haraldsson’s true opinion of Sathya Sai Baba is – an incorrigible homosexual with self illusions and a boasting ‘Napoleon’ type person, most likely a split personality:-
Professor Erlendur Haraldsson – by Robert Priddy: very revealing materials!
Erlendur Haraldsson and Robert Priddy on Sathya Sai Baba
An academic’s response to revelations about cover-up of sex abuse etc.
FURTHER NOTES ABOUT MR. OM PRAKASH SUDRANIA
What Sudrania writes against me reminds of the metaphor ‘Like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there!’ He has NO evidence to present to clear Sai Baba of any of the charges of sexual abuses, or connivance to cover-up the murders in his rooms, while there is much documented indicating this easily found on the Internet from most reputable newspapers abroad – and a few in India too! Sathya Sai Baba repeated endlessly that he is the omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent God, Saviour of mankind – as well as the Deity of Deities at whose feet every prayer addressed to any deity will eventually come! Dr. Prakash sees nothing excessive in that, he calls Sai Baba a ´great saint´and figuratively grovels at the thought of him, spouting the aphorisms Sai Baba gave (with Professor Kasturi as writer/editor as SB´s English was almost non-existant at the time).
It is evident that Sudrania has fallen for beliefs based on “the principle–which is quite true within itself–that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” (Author? Someone who boasted of ruling the world!)
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