Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Puttaparthi’s white elephant airport plea

Posted by robertpriddy on June 1, 2016

Direct flight to Puttaparthi sought  The Hindu May 31, 2016
“The Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation on Monday wrote to the Chairman of the Airports Authority of India, emphasising the need for direct flight service between Vijayawada and Puttaparthi. Federation executive director P. Bhaskar Rao in the letter mentioned that Puttaparthi is world famous for its association with Sri Sathya Sai Baba and every year, millions of devotees throng the town which has an airport.”

Comment: “Millions of devotees throng Puttaparthi every year”? Indeed, that is a truly vast overstatement. Though the Sai propaganda machine frequently boasted of millions of visitors to the birthdays, it has been proven quite impossible. The entire ashram and village could not accommodate more than maximum 500,000 even for a day. The birthdays where there were most visitors only just filled the Hillview stadium, which has a capacity of maximum 300,000 when jam-packed, according to the ashram engineer. But since Sai Baba died in 2011 the numbers have shrunk to a tiny fraction of the former numbers, and the movement split into warring factions, the larger segment moving to Muddenahalli which is far from Puttaparthi.

“Mr. Rao said Anantapur district has potential for development as it is located close to Chennai and Bengaluru. He said Vijayawada and Anantapur are not well connected by road, travel time is around 11 hours. Having a direct flight would help the increasing number air passengers between these two places who are now using the Bengaluru airport, he added.”

The traffic at Puttaparthi airport in its heyday was absolutely minimal, and then only around festival times. A regular weekly flight had soon to be discontinued. To restart when the use was so minimal even at big festivals is an absurdity, as is the hope it would increase traffic between Chennai and Bangalore!  Already in 2007, the Central Trust tried to sell the airport off, but there have been no bidders. (See Sathya Sai Airport “white elephant” for sale!) The airport itself was a result of illegal operations by Mr. Kaw, a devotee who was Secretary for India’s Airport Authority at the time. It was all paid for by the government and donated to Sai Baba! See http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/16/Ramnath_Mr_Kaw.html

Puttaparthi was indeed famous for Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and the world now knows that he was a sexual abuser also involved in the execution of four devotees in 1993, besides numerous cover-ups of massive corruption and bribery. Since his crimes and scams were exposed from 2000 onwards, his following and organisation have been reduced to relative peanuts. No surprise that the pie in the sky ideas to make Parthi more popular as a tourist attraction, even restart flights, is falling on deaf ears. How can the devotees continue thinking that Sathya Sai Baba was who he said he was? Making excuses for all the outlandish, unfulfilled predictions? Ah, the power of faith and delusion! Human nature, creating a more idealistic world inside their heads, where they are the chosen ones!

 

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Sathya Sai Airport “white elephant” for sale!

Posted by robertpriddy on October 31, 2007

The Sathya Sai Airport is now on the market. This is one of Sai Baba’s several white elephants, one which stood unused (except for the odd VIP visit by private jet) for years and has handled nothing but occasional charter flights (only two-three per week at best) since then. This is how the self-proclaimed defender of India’s poor and suffering’s lets money be used for most wasteful self-publicity projects.

The Sathya Sai International Airport, Puttaparthi: In such a desperately poor State as Andhra Pradesh, the airport seemed very wasteful, having stood unused for years before the first commercial flight arrived and was still used less than ca. 5% of each week. Sathya Sai Baba’s trusted editor, V.K. Narasimhan, was present at the interview in 1990 where airport authorities attended. He told me how SSB convinced Indian Airport authorities to finance and build the large (allegedly Jumbo jet capacity) airport near Prashanthi Nilayam, telling them that they would earn 10 lakhs of rupees in the first year. No paying passengers even flew in or out during the first year, The frequency of traffic, at best about 2-3 flights of medium jets per week for several years at periods – and when SSB was in residence – ensured that earnings were minimal and well below costs. It was virtually closed often in the 1990s. It is trutly hard to rationalise such a huge waste of taxpayer funds in such an impoverished land! The reason can only be Sai Baba’s patently obvious desire for ‘name and fame’.

MKKaw

Later I learned from my (former) IAS friend, V. Ramnath, that Mr. M.K. Kaw (see image above) was the Secretary of Civil Aviation who had been a devotee since the 1960s when Sai Baba’s car stopped beside him while he was standing in a road in Aranachala Pradesh. Amusingly, Sai Baba had has Mr. Kaw – who is a relative heavyweight – actually sit on his lap during one inverview with his family. This is the man Sai Baba influenced to get his airport built.

Mr. Kaw tried to trick his superiors but was caught out

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The Indian Express journalist from New Delhi, Swati Chaturvedi, exposed and documented (7 Feb. 1998) the corruption of Mr. M.K. Kaw – a favourite devotee of Sathya Sai Baba acting on his behalf. As Civil Aviation Secretary, originally arranged for Indian Government permission for the Sathya Sai Airport to be built. No one knows who funded it, as the Sathya Sai Central Trust financial accounts are not open to public scrutiny, but the same Trust apparently ended up owning it.  He wrote “It took barely 48 hours for M.K. Kaw to clear an international cargo hub at the Sai Baba Trust-run airport at Puttaparthi in Karnataka. Kaw also directed that all help from the Government, including setting up a customs office, be provided to the private trust. ” However,  the Minister of State Jayanthi Natarajan confirmed that Kaw’s order had been overruled and the matter referred to [Minister C.M.] Ibrahim. Kaw refused to comment In the process of clearance, Kaw has bypassed both the Ministers. September 17: The Sathya Sai Baba Central Trust applied to the Civil Aviation Ministry to set up an international cargo hub in Puttaparthi.  Indian Express Minister aborts an unofficial “miracle”  (deleted at source, click on image above to see full text)

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