Sathya Sai Baba and the Duke of Edinburgh Award
Posted by robertpriddy on July 7, 2007
Sathya Sai Baba boasts about ‘his’ mission and achievements more than any previous figure of the kind he wishes to be recognised as – holy and selfless. The wannabe Nobel Laureate is still also wishing to have his name associated with that of the Duke of Edinburgh! Any kind of association will do to draw the wool over his devotees’ eyes, it seems! His publicists (with Dr. G. Venkataraman as chief spin doctor) have claimed that he was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Award – which is a blatant lie, even though a certificate was made out in his name by a youth in UK who partook in the award scheme (thousands are awarded this certificate anyhow). The matter was raised with the Duke of Edinburgh’s staff and they demanded that the Sathya Sai authorities removed this false publicity from their website. They did so, but have reintroduced it in publishing on their official website the edition of ‘Sanathana Sarathi’ containing announcement of the award to Sri Sathya Sai! They have to sneak in this way to make Sai Baba to appear to have won even such a commonly given youth award! At an official dinner after the furore, the Duke of Edinburgh’s top executive assured our contact there that no such further mistake will ever be made! The issue of false representation was covered internationally in the press, after an article appeared in The Guardian (see here).
That the award is given most liberally to participants in the vast Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is shown by the fact that there is now an official website called “Find old friends from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with Friends Reunited“. However, Sathya sai Baba has not been listed there – and we can safely say a registration on his behalf will not be accepted.
This is only another move in Sathya Sai Baba’s totally immodest attempts to become world famous and recognised by the high and mighty of this world. The materials proving this is very considerable – see here and here and here