What did the Sai Baba exposé achieve?
Posted by robertpriddy on March 26, 2016
The main activists in the Sai Baba expose on the Internet – the JuST group and former Prashanthi security official Hari Sampath’s circle – were concerned to bring Sai Baba to justice and, with that aim, all possible evidence and testimony was gathered, studied and sifted, then publicised in articles on the Internet. At that time we knew that the Indian government . several of its Prime Ministers and Presidents – had already long since been inducted into the cult in one way or another. (For proof, search any PM or President’s name in th search box on this site) It soon became evident that there was a powerful clique in the judiciary around the former Lord Chief Justice, P.N. Bhagwati, that blocked and covered-up all petitions and legal attempts to indict Sai Baba. This included the current P.M. Narasimha Rao, a devotee himself, who – together with his Home Minister, S,B. Chavan (also a devotee) – caused the closure of the CBI investigation into the 1993 police murders in Prashanthi Nilayam (over which independent township Sai Baba had complete control). The CBI had taken over the investigation from the corrupt police, whose machinations were so blatant and became public, that an independent body simply had to be engaged. (http://saibaba-invigilator.blogspot.com/2006/12/sai-baba-protected-by-supreme-court-of.html)
After very intensive discussion over several months in 2000, the 32 members of the JuST group (http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/26/JuSTGroup.htm) hammered out and agreed upon a petition in an attempt to awaken the world to the crimes of Sai Baba and bring him to justice. It was supported by many former prominent devotees including a dozen or more founder members of the Sathya Sai Organisation and received over 1600 signatures. Another aim of this was to ensure as far as possible to gather people who otherwise had no other viable way of stating their dissent and/or contacting former devotees after they left the ashram and organisation than via the internet, all being spread to the world. It was seen as essential to forewarn persons who were getting interested in or involved with Sai Baba and so protect those among the world public who would be vulnerable to the propaganda and indoctrination, with all the ills that eventually followed for most of those who joined the cult. In this the exposé was highly successful, since it soon affected the organisation, which withered very substantially and became unable any longer to recruit more than a few and almost no educated persons. The world media began to adopt a much more critical stance towards Sai Baba. Today his following amounts to less than 10% at more of the numbers it formerly enjoyed. It has been extremely weakened internationally, and is further split into at least two main factions which war against one another in propaganda and the courts.