Quotation of prediction made by Sathya Sai Baba to John Hislop
On his supposed 85′th Birthday, Sathya Sai Baba’s claims about how his life mission would unfold can well be examined and evaluated. The total transformation of India as an engine, not only of economic growth, but also as a shining moral example to the peoples of the world which would regenerate them all and introduce a new Golden Age has frequently been promised by Sathya Sai Baba. He has long since pronounced that his own students would transform morals in the nation (see quotation below left), but this prediction has failed most miserably. One absolute precondition of India entering the good company of law-abiding, morally accountable societies is that the endemic corruption should cease, at the higher levels of society at the very least. No nation can lead another if immorality like tax evasion predominates in finance and business. That it does so in India most certainly cannot seriously be refuted:-
From BBC World ‘The Hub’ with Nik Gowing – 18 November 2010:-
India has lost hundreds of billions of dollars through corruption since Independence in 1948. That’s according to a report from a Washington think tank. It is called Global Financial Integrity. It monitors the flow of illegal money worldwide. It says India has lost an average of US$19 billion worth of assets per year between 2004 and 2008.
Joining us live from Washington is one of the report authors, Dev Kar, a former IMF economist:-
Nik Gowing: Dev Kar, where does the money go or where has it gone?
Dev Kar: Most of the money goes to the banks in developed countries like the United States, the United Kingdom and a large part goes to offshore financial centres around the world, such as Cayman Islands, Singapore…
Nik Gowing: Is the central accusation here one of money laundering or is it just bad accounting?
Dev Kar: It is basically money laundering and tax evasion on the part of individuals and corporations in India.
Nik Gowing: There is a difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance – one is legal, one is not… which of the two are you saying it is?
Dev Kar: Tax avoidance is legal but tax evasion is not. So it is tax evasion and not tax avoidance.
Nik Gowing: Is it possible to track the degree or the tempo with which this has been happening since Independence. Can you peg it to a particular government, a particular prime minister?
Dev Kar: No. It is not possible to do that with any degree of accuracy. All we can say is that, from 1948 to 2008 there has been a on-going problem and the problem has been increasing, unfortunately, after economic reform started in 1991, because we can see the faster growth of these transfers after 1991.
Nik Gowing: Are you saying that you have proof to back up your claims, or are they simply allegations?
Dev Kar: No, there is proof to back up these numbers. The strongest such proof is looking at the deposit statistics compiled by the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland. These are basically private sector deposits in banks and offshore centres. Now, we know these private sector deposits are mostly illegal because exchange control regulations do not allow private individuals in India or corporations to stash away foreign exchange in that jurisdiction without permission of the Government of India.
The famously unfulfilled 'promise' prediction
No doubt how much faith Sai Baba put in his students - but so far without known true national achievements
The majority of top political and other prominent figures stash away their gains in foreign currencies in Swiss and diverse offshore banks – evading tax. Sathya Sai Baba pointed this fact out to a former friend of mine, an Indian Administrative Service officer at a private dinner given in 1996 by Mr. Prasad, one of the board members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust. There he told the IAS official, V. Ramnath, that India is not really a poor country, but for its rulers stashing away in Swiss banks an amount of money at least equal to the country’s entire national debt! Ramnath related that Sai Baba said he had warned the Prime Minister and the President (then Narasimha Rao and Dayal Sharma) of this and had instructed them not to make so many super-expensive state visits with huge convoys of vehicles and hundreds of Black Beret commandos wherever they went. But, said Sai Baba, they go on doing it and do not listen to me. So much for the results of the self-appointed renewer of moral values in Indian life!
If Sai Baba really were anything like a world saviour avatar controlling the planet, how could it result in such a pig’s breakfast? India is one of the most truly terrible places on earth for its huge number of children in the slavery of prostitution, bonded sweat-shop labour, and its vast number of paupers and illiterates still being driven to city slums for sheer survival. These calamities are enormous and are not diminishing.
The endemic nature of Indian corruption: India’s social structure where caste and extended families are the key components of life have led to the culture of nest-feathering by politicians and public officials to an unprecedented degree. Sathya Sai Baba has complained of nest-feathering to numerous politicians, including Prime Ministers and Presidents who worship him, but without any visible result whatever. This shows how, despite all his boasts, he has had no effect at all on improving the very fundamentals of life in India. Once a man gets elected to an office, the entire extended family expects benefits – whether direct financial contributions or, as often as not, the use of influence to improve their employment status or business opportunities.
A distorted ‘vision of Sai’ was sent us in an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org as follows,
“…see for yourself the enormous control that this being has on the planet”. Of course, the overwhelming majority of people on the planet has not noticed any such huge influence. He has inspired some people to start schools, pay for projects to provide water locally in Andhra Pradesh and to finance two hospitals etc. But these are as drops in the vast ocean of India’s calamitous situation, let alone that of the whole world!
“Sai Rules the World” Unbelievable to most, this is what many devotees I have met actually believe, because Sathya Sai Baba has put this delusion about in various announcements he has made about the world coming to his feet, the world soon already becoming one big Sathya Sai Organisation and all becoming transformed:-
“Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call themself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness — Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region. You may go to any country, but you refer to yourself as belonging to the country of Bharat. For example, there may be Karnataka State or Tamil Nadu State, etc., but, they are all parts of a larger country called Bharat. Without the country, the States cannot exist. You are all Bharatiyas first and last. Hence, you say that you came from Bharat.” (from Sathya Sai Baba’s Convocation Discourse 22-11-2008 at http://www.sathyasai.org/discour/2008/d081122.html)
This statement confirms what was reported earlier by Barry Pittard ‘World Hindu’ by 2030. VHP’s Singhal Reports Sathya Sai Baba Told Him
With population and poverty out of control, AIDS, corruption and poverty ruling large parts of Africa and Asia and so on. The world’s wilderness environment and countless species and living resources are disappearing faster and faster, suffering and unnecessary death is as rife as ever, I watched Sathya Sai Baba parading for two decades and I eventually learned from many inside contacts, investigation and analysis that he is far from being in control of almost anything he claims to be. He is most certainly not in control of yours truly!
See also Sathya Sai Baba’s (un)Birthday (not born on 23 November 1926)