Professor G. Venkataraman a common plagiarist
Posted by robertpriddy on January 9, 2014
Dr. G. Venkataraman, head of Radio Sai and much else among the Sathya Sai institutions at Prashanthi Nilayam, has assumed the role of a kind of ‘intellectual figurehead’ to remaining devotees (as far as ‘intellectuals’ in that genre actually exist!). On the website he rules over, he wrote at length explaining developments in our scientific knowledge of the cosmos… though nothing scientific appears there that is not taken from the work of others and available in hundreds of books and other media. Venkataraman was a physicist working for the Indian government’s nuclear programme and, as all who support the Hindu-nationalist state with its huge militaristic and nuclear ambitions, received all the gongs and titles that fall to the warmonger supporters from autocratic rule (i.e. democratic elections, but rule by the dominant an elite and of corrupt nest featherers).
I have met Venkataraman briefly together with V.K. Narasimhan and I know his CV. Indian atomic physicists like him and Kalam built on the real ground-breaking work of the Americans and others, with the initial help of his mentor Dr. Bhagavantam. By the time he worked on Indian nuclear weapons, how to make nuclear bombs was widely known and it was almost only a matter only of money and politics, as well as intelligence from defectors and spies. Rewards from the Indian State, its politicians and elite power brokers followed almost automatically, however unoriginal the ‘feat’ was. Venkataraman is living proof of the fatuity of Sai Baba’s claim that India needed no protection by bombs, but only through dharma (and himself!). So much for the practice of non-violence and strivtly following Sai baba’s advice not to make nuclear weapons!
Plagiarisation: Dr. Venkataraman only copied his information on astronomy and astrophysics from from other scientific authorities, just as a modern Western high school student would do for a paper using the Internet and librtary sources. To academics with probity, it seems amazing that he did not once attribute anything he reproduced from other sources its originators! He litertally and blatantly plagiarised from others without any mention of these sources, which is actually illegal! The absence of references to published articles on science or academic subjects, is regarded as dilettantism by scientists and scholars. The innocent and uneducated in India and elsewhere may well believe that Venkataraman discovered such things himself, when he is simply promoting himself as if he were an authoritative researcher. This, plus his belief that Sai Baba, who had chosen him as a mouthpiece, was (is) none other than God the Creator of the Universe marks him out as a bogus!
Outright plagiarism by a man given many Indian awards. This shows a lot about the system in India and how dishonest academics benefit from it. Both text and an artists’ image at http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Vol_05/01MAY07/04-SFI.htm were ‘lifted’ from denisdutton.com/einstein_eddington.htm by Prof. G. Venkataraman, without acknowledgement.
He also took the following images, all without acknowledgement:-
‘The Big Bang’ image from science.hq.nasa.gov/universe/science/bang.html
Venkataraman posts his pretentious lectures on the radiosai website he directs, where he is safe from any peer review, let alone criticism from within the Sai Baba movement, since such is absolutely not allowed! At the Sathya Sai educational institutions – where servile respect for elders and their views a rule broken only at great personal expense, no teacher or student would ever are to put a critical question to Sai-luminaries. Protected from inquiry within the passive circle of co-admirers of Sathya Sai Baba, Venkataraman – with his Lord and Master holding the chain behind him – was able figuratively to bark down anyone in his vicinity who might dare to disagree with his more highly doubtful views. The wider world of genuine researchers will not be impressed in the least and his ramblings – if they ever gain much circulation – will be a laughing-stock.
His absence of basic scholarly standards in plagiarism is only aggravated by his pretentious and extra-scientific main agenda. He presumes to inform us of 1) The Cosmic origin of man. 2) Man’s Cosmic connections. 3) Man’s Cosmic responsibilities, and 4) Man’s Cosmic Destiny, no less!
These (male-oriented) titles show him setting himself up as a kind of ‘spiritual mouthpiece’, misusing the name of science as a tool in an attempt to inculcate religious belief – that is, faith in his Lord and Master – Sathya Sai Baba, as the Incarnation of God Almighty in this Age.
|He writes in Part 4 of his 7-part series entitled “In Quest of Infinity” on his Radio Sai website “You know, when I think about it all, I am simply wonder struck. On one side of it is God who has created the Universe in which all these wonderful things happen. On the other side, there He is in human form in Parthi, going about as if He is not aware of any of the mysteries in the Universe” See here or view excerpt scanned from that page (Click on thumbnail to enlarge)|
Dr. Venkataraman writes – as if he knows directly and authoritatively – of God and his existence etc. (actually – he really thinks he knows God personally as Sathya Sai Baba!) All the signs of pseudo-philosophy on a wholly belief-driven agenda are there, for he only parrots Sai Baba’s beliefs and propaganda without any critical thought whatever, even when they are wholly preposterous and in conflict with the most established scientific and historical fact (see overview here).
See a small example of how this Professor Venkataraman promotes Sai Baba:-
Sai Baba was his God and patron, and Venkataraman was and remains his beneficiary (having received from Sai Baba an expensive new Japanese car paid for by funds donated by well-meaning followers who thought the money would go to raise the poor instead! (such as myself, alas, having once contributed enough to buy a number of cars). Venkataraman did not refuse to accept the brand new Japanese vehicle as a personal gift from his Lord (who always lied that he had no money or property anyhow) and so became yet more of a consumer than before… one who immorally accepts what amounts to a bribe for allegiance paid for by money donated for the good of the poor, unhealthy and uneducated! Under Sathya Sai Baba’s direction, Venkataraman willingly compromised himself. [Four other Sai-VIP’s accepted identical free cars]. See disclaimer
Dr. Venkataraman was known in the ashram as a having been a very depressed person due to the death of his son. Sai Baba capitalised on that – he was a cynic user of people for as long as it suited him – reassuring him that his departed son was with him. It makes no difference how smart and educated a person is, they are all easily deluded when in emotional and ‘spiritual’ straits. So Venkataraman evidently believed everything SB told him, but somehow he managed to rationalise Sai Baba’s sheer ignorance of physics, which V. knew to be a load of rubbish, without saying a word of dissent. He threw all caution to the winds and proclaimed he was able to see God directing the universe every day beside him. Priceless credulity! Moreover, there is massive compelling evidence available, testimonies and affadavits which prove beyond a shadow of doubt that he was not what he claimed to be, but a sexual abuser, complicit murderer, briber, major deceiver, liar, who died ignominously under suspicious circumstances and so on.
Dr.G. Venkataraman – physicist ‘explains’ Sathya Sai Baba Dr. G. Venkataraman rambles on denigrating scientists and science and promoting Sathya Sai Baba – as God descended to earth – and his most spurious speculations (‘teachings’) about an invisible beyond.
G. Venkataraman’s out-dated and fallacious ideas – part two Propagating Sai Baba’s anti-scientific views, Dr. G. Venkataraman – former physicist – attacks science and scientists in general for the usual sins that religionists hold them to be committing. These I refute at some length, as called for.
See four-part article ‘The Sathya Sai Organization’s Deception and Propaganda Exposed’ refutation of Dr. G. Venkataraman’s mendacious and confused attack on Sai dissidents
Dictator Idi Amin – Sai Baba’s warm recollections The gullible ex-scientist Dr. G. Venkataraman enthuses over Sai Baba’s relations with most gruesome dictator Idi Amin, with crocodiles and more!
Dr. G. Venkataraman the most gullible physicist alive https://robertpriddy.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/dr-g-venkataraman-the-most-gullible-physicist-alive/
Dr. G. Venkataraman’s delusions and cynical cover up
Sathya Sai Baba, Dr. V. Venkataraman and Idi Amin apparently make good bedfellows, according to the arm appreciation of Amin by Sai Baba in a Christmas Day discourse, as reported eagerly by Venkataraman. This was indicated by a photographic image made of the happy threesome, which was not a fake, but a construction to bring home the relationship, as was made clear when it was posted. See this image and the controversy it cause at The last King of Scotland – God’s orders and Sai Baba The Spirit of Christmas