Now Ramachandra Guha, renowned historian and author of India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy, is close to concluding that instability is India’s destiny.
Mr Guha argues that democracy and nationhood in India face six complex challenges. They are:
- Large sections of the population in the restive north-eastern states and in Indian-administered Kashmir want to break away from India
- The festering Maoist insurgency threatens to further undermine territorial integrity in vast swathes of central and eastern India
- Religious fundamentalism is “receding but by no means vanquished.” A “sullen peace rather than an even-tempered tranquillity” prevails in the country
- Public institutions are getting corroded. Political parties are increasingly resembling family firms; the police and bureaucracy are heavily politicised; corruption is rife and patronage triumphs over competence
- Massive environmental degradation is promoting scarcity of resources and leading to discord and inequality. The poor suffer most from land grabs, deforestation and soil and water pollution
- Growing economic inequities. One example: India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, is worth more than $20bn, and his new home is a 27-storey high, 400,000 sq ft building in Mumbai, where 60% of the population live in grimy slums
What did Sathya Sai Baba’s endless talk and few social projects achieve?
Compare the above points with the tremendous and repeated boasts of Sathya Sai Baba that he was revitalizing India, cleaning up corruption and heralding a Golden Age which would eventually spread to the entire globe from a unified India! (see inset scan on the left).
“Today is Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. I am making a promise today that the people of all the countries, viz. Pakistan, China, Germany, Russia will be united. That should be our goal. The goodness of Bharat will lead to this unity.” Sanathana Sarathi Sept. 2002, p. 267
The projects which are the keystone of Sathya Sai Baba’s remaining reputation (as to water, health, education and his university) are but drops in the ocean and are proportionally minor in relation to government projects, and all the less impressive when compared to the still unfulfilled needs of the populace. I contributed what was for my family a lot of money to the Sai Trust and following its work closely, but repeatedly found that these projects were nearly all mismanaged and the results were of low quality (in all three areas). Yet the Sai organization was able with the aid of huge donated funds to propagandize and bribe their way – also in the Indian media – to cover up all the many failings to which I and others refer.
See here:- India will lead the world – Sathya Sai Baba