“Indian democracy: one man, one bribe. Salman Rushdie’s famous quip has rarely been more apposite.
The scale of corruption in modern India is astounding. The size of bribes and kickbacks is enormous, the stories of corruption astonishing, and the audacity of corruption’s big players ever more apparent. India has become a great power, but it has done so without washing away the canker of corruption.” (BBC)
In yet another vain attempt to raise its plunging reputation among Indians, the Sathya Sai Organization and related bodies have publicised an unconfirmed report by a devotee saying that Anna Hazare, who has won so many hearts in India, had lost his heart to Sathya Sai Baba! This is another attempt at disinformation – the implication made is that Sathya Sai baba was behind the success of Anna Hazare. Such backward thinking is the hallmark of Sai Baba devotees, all in total denial of his criminality and failure to fulfil even a fraction of what he had constantly boasted he would. Anna Hazare has never cited Sai Baba in any public forum – though he probably did make positive comments to a Sai devotee who had declared himself to him. This kind of politeness to believers in other figures than one follow is most common in India. But Hazare is now known throughout India as a Gandhian… and one who put Gandhian action before mere words.
Though Sai Baba stole Gandhi’s famous words (as engraved on his tomb) that “My Life is My Message”, there is a world of difference between them. Unlike Gandhi or Hazare, Sathya Sai Baba never took the slightest action in defending against injustice or violence (other than words, which he constantly derided as empty if not acted upon). He never once stood forth in the protest against the massive and horrific injustices that plague his most calamitous land (as he himself once called it). He did nothing to change the corrupt culture, on the contrary – he overlooked(even including ‘liquor barons’ and known criminals) who are among the most corrupted and corrupt of the corrupt. Last but not least, he corrupted an inestimable number of male youth and boys by his sex abuses – as testified by so many upright persons around the world. Anna Hazare is most likely, as so many others in India, not aware of the documented facts about Sathya Sai Baba’s sexual abuses and involvements in murders and their cover-up, with the aid of corrupt PMs and Presidents. So far no Indian journalist (writing in English) appears to have asked Hazare if he was in any way a devotee of Sai Baba. Until such a time as he should declare his devotion in public, the Sathya Sai propagandists’ report and interpretative conclusions should certainly not be trusted.