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Puttaparthi ghost town blues

Posted by robertpriddy on December 4, 2017

It has long been reported repeatedly – and further detailed on this website recently, Puttaparthi is receding into relative oblivion since the disease-depleted corpse of Sathya Sai was buried, long before all his predictions of how he would live into his 90s. 

This fact of Puttaparti’s spiritual-economic demise is becoming more widely known in India from its own journalists, despite continuing attempts of the Prashanthi Nilayam gang to pretend and preach otherwise. The following article from Firstpost.com is an excellent example of this trend.

With loss of spiritual charm and economic focus after Sathya Sai Baba’s demise, Puttaparthi awaits a miracle

by G.S. Radhakrishna Dec, 02 2017   from Firstpost.com

Even six years after the death of Sathya Sai Baba, hailed by his devotees as a living god or bhagwan, the once small arid hamlet of Puttaparthi in Anantapur district is still mourning. Maybe not so much over the demise of its local demi-god Sai baba, but more over the cascading negative impact of his death on the economy, trade, and loss of recognition and pride for Puttaparthi in the country. “Our town is just like Tirumala without Lord Balaji,” said a local hotelier Mahabaleswar Gupta of Puttaparthi.

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who participated in the 92nd birthday celebrations of Sai baba at the Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi town on 23 November, dwelt on the need to resurrect the institutions – universities, water projects, hospitals, meditation centers – set up by Sathya Sai baba in India and overseas. He urged devotees to keep the “flame of universal brotherhood and service to humanity” propounded by the godman burning.

The death of a town

Following his death after a prolonged illness on 24 April, 2011, Puttaparthi has lost not only its spiritual charm and economic focus but also VVIP attention. The civil aviation ministry has cancelled all flights to Puttaparthi and shut down the Sri Sathya Sai Airport built for Sai baba by corporate L&T group in 1990. Only chartered flights of visiting VVIPs are allowed to land with special permission.

When Sai baba was alive, a regular flow of 25,000-30,000 foreign and several lakh Indian devotees came annually to the Sai baba ashram at Puttaparthi to pay homage to him. And, on his birthdays, special conferences and conventions were organised to highlight the event. However, the controversies after his death and the fight for control among the trust and family members has led to a reduced devotee flow. Not more than 3,000-4,000 foreigners and a few thousand Indians visit the ashram in a year now.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust comprising some close aides of Sai baba is now running activities at the ashram but the absence of political visits and media focus has led to neglect. Nowadays the Prashanti Nilayam and its guest houses have become service providers for political and corporate events, instead of housing devotees. When Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came to Anantapur district for his walkathon in July, 2015, he used the Prashanti Nilayam to meet local Congressmen and address the media. TDP (Telugu Desam Party) and YSRC (YSR Congress) party leaders also use the spacious guest houses built by Sai baba to host prime ministers, chief ministers and industrial giants.

Since 2011, construction activities and registration of assets have also fallen in Puttaparthi. From Rs 5.6 crore in the year ending March, 2011, it dropped to Rs 2.9 crore in 2012-13 and just Rs 42 lakhs in 2016, said the sub-registrar of properties at Bukkapatnam. Nearly 800 apartments are vacant and looking for buyers and some investors have also withdrawn from the flats they had given advance for at Puttaparthi.

Business takes a hit

Gone are the days when the outskirts of Puttaparthi town were dotted with huge colonies of campers in vans and buses, which filled up empty spaces on fields for miles. Though a gram panchayat with less than 10,000 population, the Andhra Pradesh government had upgraded it to a municipality in the 1970s and created a PUDA (Puttaparthi Urban Development Authority) in 1990 converting vacant lands 50 kilometres around the town to residential and commercial zones.

Now with Sai baba gone, most builders, contractors, traders and hoteliers wear a worried look because of the fall in number of visitors. Most of the over 300 Kashmiri traders in handicrafts and artifacts who had a bustling business then have now shifted to Bangalore and Chennai. “I waited for a year for some miracle to occur and bring back business, but nothing has happened and the rich and famous have almost stopped coming, business is fading,” said Mohammed Aslam Khan of Srinagar who has now set up shop at Bangalore’s Jayanagar.

Many locals fear that now only monkeys, donkeys and dogs will dominate the area. Some are hopeful that Puttaparthi will bounce back to life like Shirdi. “No one knew of Shirdi till Bollywood made films about it. Puttaparthi will flourish again, but that will take a long time. I wonder if we can wait that long,” said Gopala Krishna Iyer who runs a once-bustling eatery shop.

“We locals are used to such phases of inactivity as no devotees came when Saibaba was at Whitefield in Bangalore or at the Kodaikanal ashram. But now, we have a permanent off-season and sort of a ghost town in western movies without guests and devotees at Puttaparthi,” said Dinakar Rao, a local advocate who has shifted to Dharmavaram for practice.

In the absence of Sai baba, liquor shops, bars, meat shops and cinema halls have descended at Puttaparthi which did not exist during his lifetime. “Things have changed, but the Sai baba legacy and the activities of the Trust are still revered,” said RV Ratnakar, a Trust member and nephew of Sai baba (son of late RV Janakiram, brother of the ‘godman’).

Waiting for Sai baba

Sai baba’s devotees wait for his successor who, according to his prophecy, will arrive in the year 2030. According to official reports submitted to the Andhra Pradesh government after Sai baba’s death in 2011, the Trust has a fixed deposit of Rs 1,500 crore in banks and earns an annual interest of Rs 120 crore. It also received donations worth over Rs 60 crore a year. Though the Godman had institutionalised the Trust with trusted professionals like former Chief Justice of India PN Bhagwati, Supreme Court judges VR Krishna Iyer, V Balakrishna Eradi and retired Andhra Pradesh High Court judge YV Anjaneyulu, many of them have now distanced themselves from the organisation in view of the power struggle.

Interestingly and with foresight, Sai baba had stalled all attempts by relatives to corner the Trusts and the corpus. There were days when his brother Janakiram sat at the gates of the ashram and tried to interfere in the day-to-day affairs when Sai baba was sick. There are nearly 200 relatives in the extended family, who have opened restaurants, shopping malls, taxi services and become contractors in Puttaparthi, banking on his influence and cashing in on his recommendations. The only reason family was kept away from the Trust was the threat by the Andhra Pradesh government of a takeover in 2011 by invoking the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, 1959 if the power struggle continued. But for now, Puttaparthi awaits a miracle that will change its fortunes.

NOTE: The financial information above is long out-of-date as it refers to the situation just after SB’s death in 2011. This year there is a considerably reduced financial situation, as seen in their annual report:-


Page 10 of the document is a small mention of Income & Expenditures (with no other details); taking into account the donations vs expenses, it looks like they had to dig into their capital fund to the tune of nearly 3 crores to cover expenses.

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Blowing life briefly into Puttaparthi’s corpse?

Posted by robertpriddy on November 25, 2017

Among the various parties interested in the competition between various factions struggling to capitalise on the Sathya Sai Baba ‘reputation’, the following came from an independent person working in Puttaparthi. It is made credible by the article which appeared shortly afterwards in a news outlet entitled ‘Lifeless Puttparthi Comes Alive’ (see below).

“I had a chat with a long time Accountant in Puttaparthi and he was saying how a LOT of things have changed here: “many things have happened” since SB (sathya sai baba) was dead and buried. He said that the majority of people here aren’t devotees, though they don’t speak out. They pretend to be devoted for their own gain. He said the Trust has pretty much lost their power and SB’s family members are just like ghosts, not doing any work but just aimlessly wandering about. Even SB’s inheritor, his nephew Ratnakar, only has influence on a few in the town. He also said that a huge number of people are flocking to the “oracle boy” in Muddenahalli. A number of ashram workers have started to have faith in him and sb’s ashram will no longer let those people in the ashram gates. In fact anyone who is known to go to Muddenahalli will be “encouraged” not to come into Prasanthi Nilayam any more.”


Lifeless Puttaparthi comes alive  THE HANS INDIA | Nov 24,2017

Puttaparthi (Anantapur): The otherwise lifeless Puttaparthi town sans the physical absence of Sathya Sai Baba is now teeming with life, thanks to the week-long birth anniversary celebrations of the Sai Baba. Traders and business houses, who made the town their abode for several decades are languishing in a sense of resignation as the devotees have a feeling that the soul of Puttaparthi is missing.

We always thought that Baba is eternal, and he would live for ever. His sudden sickness and admission in the hospital had woken us up to the reality that Baba after all is in flesh and blood and that death was inevitable, he stated. Many traders are bemoaning that once the celebrations come to an end and devotees return to their native places, once again the town gets reduced to a desolate town.

Devotees say that this was not the case when Baba lived and was a resident in Prashanthi Nilayam. Every day was like a birthday of Baba as the town was flooded with devotees, who used to descend from the world over. Hundreds of foreign devotees were residents of the town. They had purchased Villas and flats and lived for months right under the nose of the Baba. After the soul of Baba departed from the town, Real estate crashed to an all-time low and tens of villas and flats were sold at throw away prices.

Vijay Kumar, owner of Krishna Bhavan told The Hans India that his hotel was running with 12 servers once but now it is running with only four servers. This explains the downslide in business and decline in flow of tourists and devotees. He moaned that traders are today unable to pay taxes due to crash in business fortunes.

Mohan, a police constable echoed the same sentiment like others that there is hardly a traffic regulation problem as the VIP visits have become rare. In the past, traffic regulation was a big challenge and when Baba was alive traffic diversion was the order of the day. However, for many devotees who are kindling old memories, the ghost of Baba is still haunting them and keeping alive fond memories of the past.

By Ravi P Benjamin

I rather liked the idea “the ghost of Baba is still haunting them” which is rather apt, though literally just as absurd as the believers in the Muddenahalli faction who believe it much more literally. For them, Madhusudan (a former student and consort of Sathya Sai) is inhabited by the subtle body of Sathya Sai, which speaks through him, gives darshans and discourses keeping within the mythological and speculative otherworldly ‘teaching’ of old. His disparagers refer to him as the ‘oracle boy’, while his followers actually call him Swami and regard him as a virtual automaton brought to life by the imagined ever-present avatar who is fulfilling his promise to die when he is 94! Search the term Muddenahalli on this blog to learn all about it!

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Death of devotee in Prashanthi Nilayam

Posted by robertpriddy on June 8, 2017

An alleged suicide, but notably the Puttaparthi police are “investigating other possibilities”. Those police have the blackest record over how they handled the infamous murders in Sathya Sai Baba’s apartment in June 1993! Together with the Prashanthi authorities, who are known as masters of deception and cover-up, one can be confident that the truth, if at all unpalatable, will never be known:-

Sathya Sai Baba devotee found dead in Puttaparthi school in Andhra Pradesh
By Express News Service  |   Published: 07th June 2017 04:38 PM  |
Last Updated: 07th June 2017 04:38 PM
ANANTAPUR: A 30-year-old woman devotee of Sathya Sai Baba was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a classroom of Sai Vidya Vahini, a school run by the Sathya Sai Central Trust, at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh  this afternoon.
The woman, identified as Sai Prava of Delhi, used to be a coordinator at Sai Vidya Vahini but had resigned from her post recently.
She was found hanging from the ceiling of a classroom at around 12 noon by workers. As it is the summer vacation, there were no students in the school.
Members of the Sai Baba ashram’s Seva Dal informed the police. Though it is being described as a case of suicide for reasons yet unknown, the Puttaparthi police, who have registered a case, are investigating other possibilities.

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Sai Baba anniversary face-off

Posted by robertpriddy on November 23, 2015

Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham, Muddenahalli

Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham, Muddenahalli Click image to enlarge

Muddenahalli and Prashanthi Nilayam are raising the stakes in an ever more tense battle to take over the profitable brand and devotees of Sathya Sai Baba. In a ‘size does matter’ conflict, both are using all possible resources to outdo each other and gain the crown as the true Sai Baba community. Prashanthi has found access to taxpayer millions for a Birthday Anniversary bash, while Muddenahalli inaugurated a new mandir/auditorium on November 18th (see report – click here )  in preparation for the day. November 23rd 2015 is alleged to be the anniversary of Sathya Sai Baba’s birth. This despite the fact that the only public record of his age shows that the day and the date cleverly claimed by him is wrong by about three years.

In the fantasy world that the ambitious frauds of Muddenahalli have created for disgruntled followers from Prashanthi Nilayam, the claim is “The Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham, a magnificent architectural edifice, was inaugurated today, the 18th November 2015 in the divine presence of our beloved Bhagawan.” Here “in the divine presence” can be translated as: “In the active imaginations of desperate devotees and assurance of oracle boy Madhu Sudan“. Further, the assertion that this building “…stands as a testimony of the Lord’s compassion…” translates more truly as: “Stands as a testimony of the demands of oracle boy coupled with the frenzied brainwashing of the devotees“.

From a YouTube video, oracle or medium boy apes the dead 'Divine Avatar'

From a YouTube video, oracle/medium boy apes the dead ‘Sai Baba Divine Avatar’

The so-called ‘Sukshma Baba’ (same initials as Sai Baba!) copies Sathya Sai more and more, taking private letters from devotees. (Strangely, he has still not donned the orange robe). One must ask, does the ghost of Sathya Sai reach out through Sukshma Baba’s physical arm, or is it simply a mega miracle that no one can possibly understand?  ‘Does oracle boy’s arm go right through sb’s supposed ghostly presence? Or is there another explanation of a more pecuniary nature? The boys who offer the letters are probably duty bound to do so, being students living under the draconian secret regime of the college which was long ago formed on the lines of other all Sai colleges, which restrict all contacts with the outside world but for family. Conforming to what they are instructed, they would usually gain privileges that others who demur do not. As usual, one can see that it is always males who are most prominent in this cult.

Raghunatha Reddy huge subsidy to SB Birth anniversary bash
Delirious devotees worship images of oracle boy Madhu Sudan

 

 

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Sai Baba and extreme water scarcity in Anantapur for years

Posted by robertpriddy on September 22, 2013

Sathya Sai Baba explained the water scarcity cause (as experienced in Anantsapur District and other states):-

Report from The Hindu - just before late rains came at last some days ago. A temporary relief from chronic water problems in those parts

Report from The Hindu – just before late rains came at last some days ago. A temporary relief from chronic water problems in those parts

“Why does water scarcity arise? When there is a decline in Sathya (Truth) and Dharma (Righteousness), the level of water in the earth also declines. As compassion and love have diminished in human heart, water has become scarce. This problem is not due divine fury as some people may imagine. It is because of the rise in evil qualities in man. If people strictly adhere to the path of truth and righteousness, there will never be water scarcity.” (his words from his discourse of 6th May 2000 Sanathana Sarathi, v.43, June 2000, #6, p.165)“ See Sathya Sai Baba explains water scarcity cause

Having often proclaimed himself a Supreme Incarnation of God (Purna Avatar) who is omniscient (all-knowing) and had come to save humanity, he was unable to provide enough rain to raise the sinking water table, which was the chief reason the Rayalaseema Water Project he asked his followers to carry out was such a failure. See http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/villagers-protest-water-scarcity/article3891446.ece

“Divine resolve is always true resolve. Remember there is nothing that divine power cannot accomplish. It can transmute earth into sky and sky into earth. To doubt this is to prove that you are too weak to grasp great things, the grandeur of the universe.” (43rd birthday Discourse, 23 November 1968) 

Sai Baba was claimed to have caused it to rain – or to not rain when unwanted – and he held that prayer and sacrifice  to the appropriate deity (Indra) could bring rain. Yet he failed to provide potable water in the Puttaparthi/Rayalaseema area, though the failure was covered up by all the powers-that-be connected to him. See http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/13/Sathya_Sai_water_projects.html

As long-term devoted server – ‘Divya’ or Eileen Weed – who lived with Sai Baba’s elder sister Venkamma for years wrote (November 21):
“Those of us who lived in Parthi knew that there were serious water problems in Puttaparthi village: at least half, and usually more, of buildings on most Parthi streets were without water (I know this as a fact when I lived there 2001-2005). Due to so many hundreds of buildings built and each one having its own bore well, the ground level water went down so much that many of the bore wells ran out of water. Naturally, the owners were loath to spend money to deepen the borewells, because often there was hardly a handful of residents in each of the lavish, multi-story luxury apartments. Of course, regulations about the number of bore wells were totally ignored due to generous bribes to officials. While I was living there, on the rare occasions that some Parthi villager would, in hushed whispers, speak out to me (in Telugu) about the water projects, they scoffed at it as nearly non-existent, at least as for as they were concerned.
Looks like giving inflated hope to the masses works better than making one’s own small Parthi town livable with water aplenty for its residents – even without water, who in the outside world will come to know? Because no one will speak out.” see Sri Satya Sai 87th birthday new water project

On the desperate water situation in Puttaparthi area:
Karuna Society at Enumulapalli, some miles from Puttaparthi,  wrote: “Our bore well in Karunapalli (Ahimsa Farm) has run dry. Very little water for the animals …!! Narendra has decided to bore a new well. The situation is very critical. There has been a little rain so the salad didnt dry up. The rain is causing different problems with the feeding of the maize grass to the cattle.”
Update  “Thursday…. The new bore well has not enough water. We are trying one more place. Village people objected, gave complaint to the office. we have a severe water shortage in the area. Most water pumps in the villages have run dry. The municipality is providing drinking water through tankers.  Since a few days there is little rain but not sufficient to fill the water level in the soil. As long as I am in India we have not experienced such a long spell of drought.” Update Friday: “The third bore no water. We have to make do with the first boring which will provide little water. If more rain will come then it will fill up.”

Deccan Chronicle 2013-03-22: Anantapur: The groundwater table has plummeted alarmingly in Anantapur district due to scanty rainfall and excess extraction of water. The government has banned the drilling of new borewells in 271 villages keeping in view the poor groundwater levels.

The Times of India 2013-07-20: BANGALORE: Bountiful rain over the past two weeks has filled all major dams, brought down power consumption and eased the tension between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over water-sharing. But it has failed to mitigate the all-important drinking water crisis. The reason for this is the overexploitation of groundwater that has led to drastic depletion of the water table in the state, prompting scientists to sound a danger signal.

Deccan Chronicle 2013-09-13: Anantapur: Heavy rains, filled most of the irrigation tanks in the drought hit Anantapur district. Many big tanks received huge inflows due to overflowing of canals and small rivers in the district. Already more than 100 villages were facing drinking water crisis, since one-and-a-half years, because of rain deficit in the district. The incessant rainfall is the only hope in increasing the groundwater table.

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“… the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on March 18, 2013

Shivarathri, Prashanthi Nilayam, 2013

The whole world??

Indeed, considering Sai Baba claimed “In the days ahead, the whole world will be obliged to come to Prashanthi Nilayam” (p. 320 Sanathana Sarathi December 1991) the photo is less than convincing! It is a tiny handful  in global perspective. The captive audience is no doubt just that, including many aged and failing people who, after half a lifetime or more cannot give up their dependency on their cherished delusions and remain in denial. Many almost certainly are local villagers attracted by the traditional handouts of free prasad and a free meal after the night’s fast too!

After writing this to the person who sent me the photo, I  received the following in reply : “We must not forget that at least 1/3 of that crowd are kids and teachers from the schools – forced to attend, whether they want to or not! (Notice the matching saris on the ladies side). Most of the chair people, I suspect, are the decrepit permanent residents who stick on, until death do them part.”

“The whole world will be transformed into Sathya Sai Organisation and Sathya Sai will be installed in the hearts of one and all.” (Sanathana Sarathi, January 1999 – page 16)

You are going to witness the divine glory of Swami unfolding in the days to come. He will attract the whole world. There won’t be place for people to stand even. You can see it for yourself, what a great change has occurred during the last one month! (Discourse 16 March 2003)

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Puttaparthi declines yet further – Tehelka.com

Posted by robertpriddy on October 20, 2012

Further late news on Tigrett to be posted here soon

scanned excerpt from Tehelka.com:-

excerpt from Tehelka.com on Puttaparthi and Isaac Tigrett

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Puttaparthi report by former long-term devotee

Posted by robertpriddy on July 31, 2012

The former very devoted and extreme “true believer”, known as Divya, who lived in the Sathya Sai Baba ashrams and was very close to Sai Baba’s sister Venkamma and other prominent elderly Sai Baba ladies for many years has posted a number of letters she wrote during the period of her most unquestioning devotion between 1984 and 1989 (she has stated that they extended to 2005. so more can be expected). This important documentation of a devotee’s mindset and events observed at the ashrams (mostly suppressed by the Sai authorities) will be commented on in a later blog. She writes that she is posting these letters for the enjoyment of devotees. In view of the fact that Divya has not yet posted about her subsequent disaffection and the reasons for it useful that this should be known already. At the time she was unable to make her evidence public as she was still living in Puttaparthi and made clear to us that she felt she could have been in danger were they to be posted by the exposé. This reservation is no longer necessary, since she left Prashanthi Nilayam and India in 2005 and returned to the USA where she lives at present.

Divya's dissident e-mail to Barry Pittard scanned - on Robert Priddy's blog

MOST REVEALING E-MAIL FROM PUTTAPARTHI ABOUT SAI BABA’S EARLY DETERIORATION – CLICK TO ZOOM IN

Divya’s parents became dissenters in 2001 and made a website (snowcrest) exposing Sathya Sai Baba as a sexual abuser and more. At the time, Divya commented on that as follows:-  “when my parents became ex-devotees in 2001, they cut off my funds and sent me some of the negative stuff, which of course I tore up to shreds like any decent sai devotee would do!! I had the impression that one or two devotees were making up stories due to not having their wishes fulfilled – the propaganda given by sai himself!” She maintained her faith until 2005 when she volunteered to work with an international group of students and others on literal and full English translations of Sathya Sai Baba’s actual discourses. They were posted on a website under the header ‘premsai’. These translations showed up by comparison the censorious editing done by the editors of Sanathana Sarathi. Consequently, the group was told by the Sai authorities that they must remove all their postings, but the English versions have nonetheless been preserved in full see here.  The reason for her losing faith she stated in an e-mail to Barry Pittard:-

“I became more & more disillusioned while doing the literal discourse translations – all the fumblings, mumblings and contradictions showed this wasn’t the all-knowing god I thought he was. The excuses of him doing it as a “leela” and “playing” became thinner and thinner until I just wanted out. When I heard devotees saying they KNEW what he did to boys were true, but it all had a good reason because sai knows what is good for everyone etc., well, that was just too much for my practical mind to take. I became an ex-devotee without even consciously knowing it. I just went less & less to Darshan and I could not put my hands up in devotion anymore. I just looked at him with a suspicious look on my face!  (full text in scanned page above on right).

It was always the former followers who eventually saw most clearly Sathya Sai Baba as he really was because they had already learned through years the gamut of rationalizations about his every mistake, deceit and failing until they realized how it was all simply a façade of organized appearances. Likewise,  Divya also wrote:-“I am in a unique position at the moment, to observe the actions of sai without a clouded mind, observations which I have been sharing with my parents. It looks to me like sai is fast becoming senile – all explained away by the avid devotees, including a few friends whom I dearly admire for their sweetness, as “taking upon himself the karma of the world,” “enacting a drama of being an ordinary person”. (NOTE These extracts were written in 2005, years after the various DivyaWeed YouTube videos showing her father and others up until 1999 – the year in which the sex allegations began to flood in). 

The Sai ashram authorities were most careful to stop those in the ashram and Puttaparthi from seeing the BBC exposure documentary when it was shown in India on BBC World, as we learned from various sources. Divya told us:-“Guess what? ‘Secret Swami’ on BBC aired here in India on BBC too – about half a year or more after it aired in UK. However, as I sat eagerly down with my TV in Parthi to see it, the BBC channel suddenly went blank after the first five (positive) minutes of the show! It remained blank for over 24 hours, until the last showing was over. Then the channel came back as normal. Quick-thinking Trust Mafia, perhaps?? (Later, I was able to read the transcript from the Internet.)”

Since the letters recording Divya’s experiences in the ashram of Sathya Sai Baba were no doubt genuine and honest, they reveal a lot of facts which the Sai authorities long tried their utmost to bury, they are worthy of further dissemination. Further, they show very clearly the more extreme kind of false hopes, shared delusions and indoctrinated misinterpretations of Sai Baba’s every word and act, they are still of interest when provided with serious commentaries to balance their zealous fervour. This will be shown in subsequent blogs. (See Sathya Sai ashram honeymoon delusions depicted)

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Sathya Sai Schools: Leicester, Puttaparthi, Gothenburg etc. up-date 27/11/12

Posted by robertpriddy on July 20, 2012

Breaking news: Dr. Michael Goldstein, who was trying to cover over the entire matter at Leicester Sathya Sai school has already been replaced as Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation by a certain Gary Beltz. In short, the rule of man picked  by the self-proclaimed omnipotent God Incarnate to lead the International Sai Organisation was overruled by the Prashanthi Council. The official announcement gives no reason whatever, but it is widely known that it is due to the Leicester Sathya Sai school scandal. it is said Goldstein had to resign because of his high-handed and bullying attitude and his going against other hotshots in the Indian Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation and Prashanthi Council (of which Dr. Narendranath Reddy is a Chairman). The school board of the Sathya Sai School, Leicester, have reportedly had to step down, which included director Dr. Madhavi Majudar. More news later on this subject.
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Dr. Michael Goldstein for better or worse

Previously we wrote:-

I am assured by a concerned informant that he has heard  “…from the actual complainants the parents of SS School. These news are 100% true and not made up. The headteacher Usha Lim has reported couple of parents to the police, so things are getting a bit touchy here.” “The drama unfolds  even after all the complaints against headteacher Usha Lim and reporting her to the social services by the parents.  She is still there, thanks to Dr. Michael Goldstein who is the ‘godfather’ supported by Kalyan Ray, while the chair of school directors Dr Madhavi Majmudar and her stooges just obeys their masters.  Parents who had the courage to complain the headteacher to the social services are now in a vulnerable position to face the bullying headteacher Usha Lim.”

So much for the “Love and Light” policy the teachers are supposed to promote! BTW, ‘love’ is not something expressed by sexual advances to a lady half one’s age. The latest development is that: “Vibhuti” powder started appearing all over the school and some superstitious cult members believed this weird  incident and truly believed that their “GOD” has done this to protect the Lims.”

One must realize that probably most of the parents of the pupils at the Sathya Sai school are believers in Sai Baba and his alleged miraculous powers, which involve the appearance of ‘holy ash’ on pictures and elsewhere to ‘prove’ his Omnipresence. It is very convenient to the Lims that this should appear just now, since no such thing has been seen at that school in all the years it has been open. The public will probably not buy this obvious cultist deception and perhaps someone should report the allegedly ‘spontaneous’ appearance of this otherwise unknown very fine ash substance around the school to the local health and safety authorities for chemical analysis and evaluation as to how it got there and whether it can cause allergies or other problems. 

A further comment on developments made on this blog site (see August 8, 2012 at 10:52 am)

images of Usha Lim, head teacher at Sathya Sai School, Leicester

Mrs. Usha Lim, head teacher accused of bullying harassment of child under her care

Mr. Cheng Ho Lim, husband of head teacher Usha Lim and PE instructor at Leicester Sathya Sai School, stands accused of sexual harassment

Mr. Cheng Ho Lim, PE instructor at Leicester Sathya Sai School who is accused of sexual harassment

“News of sexual harassment in Sathya Sai School – I have come to know through parents of this school that the headteacher’s husband (Mr Cheng Hoe Lim) who is a PE instructor in the school is being accused of sexual harassment by a female staff member. All this going on in this school with a Sathya Sai name is revolting. Parents have already lodged a complaint against Mrs Usha LIm the headteacher of bullying and physical punishment to students. Dr Michael Goldstein and Kalyan Ray along with Dr Madhavi Majmudar (chair of school directors) are doing their best to hide this news from the rest of the world. Nice human values they teach eh????” Smith Rajeswar.

Sathya Sai School Leicester abuse complaints:  “The headteacher is accused of bullying, emotional abuse, physical punishment of children. Parents complained to the social services who conducted an inquiry which proved true. Even sexual abuse is heard of. The top officials at Puttaparthy etc. are busy protecting their names and the headteacher’s. This is a shame that this is happening in a school having sai baba name attached to it.” (S. Rajeshwar , who is an ex-Cambridge University graduate working  in London).

This comment was made on this blog site about public complaints investigated by the social services in Leicester about the head teacher (Usha Lim) of the Sathya Sai School in Leicester, UK, which is run by Indian supporters of the cult of the self-proclaimed God Incarnate avatar, Sathya Sai Baba – deceased Deity of all Deities (etc. etc).  The outcome of this allegation of sexual crime is not yet confirmed by any public source. The headteacher is Mrs. Usha Lim (see inset image)

Sathya Sai Baba schools, colleges, educational programmes and his university have frequently been under clouds of suspicion for misrepresentation, false claims and sex abuses and some have had to close down. Some of the reasons are illustrated by the following cases:-

The large Indian diaspora in Leicester has a lot of Sai Baba supporters even now, after his ignominious death and much more scandal besides. Prominent devotees have made this place something of a UK haven for remaining true believers. One of the directors on the board of the Sathya Sai School of Leciester is Dr. M. Majumudar, whose pedagogical standards are far below the UK norm, according to her own published articles. See more on the Sathya Sai School in Leicester here.

Gimle Sai Baba School, Gothenberg, closed down in 2000 due to sexual abuses by Sathya Sai Baba. The leader Britt-Marie Andén discovered that her son had been sexually molested by Sathya Sai Baba, whereupon she investigated among other sex abuse claimants in Sweden and found that she must close the school forthwith.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Education scrutinised a Sai school’s underhand method for getting government funding  The Tokoroa Arorangi Sai school and a Sai school in Murupara were under suspicion of false representation.

Projected Sathya Sai College in Copenhagen forcibly withdrawn due to public anger The Danish national television programme about Sathya Sai Baba called ‘Seduced’ interviewed the mayor of Fredriksberg in Copenhagen, who related that the then recent acquisition with US money of a famous castle in Copenhagen called Arresødal had been made though the Sathya Sai Organization concealed vital facts about their organization and intentions. A former accountant of the Sai Organization in Denmark – my good friend Eddie Helshøi – reported to me the amount was US $6 million, donated by US Sai leaders to a Danish group led by Mr. Thorbjørn Meyer. The plan was to convert the castle into a Sai Baba type school which, in everything but name, would have been based firmly on Sathya Sai Baba’s main teachings, with Sai devotees as key staff, directed and controlled by completely committed Sathya Sai Baba believers. The local mayor was very critical of the sale of this cultural treasure to a group who had been so deceptive about their true nature and plans. The local populace gave various forms of expression to their strong dislike of having as neighbours what they realised, after the Danish documentary ‘Seduced’ is a cultist religious sect, so the project had to be dropped completely by the Danish Sathya Sai Organization.

Sathya Sai School in West Hartford, Connecticut: Elena Hartgering – who is a licensed professional counselor who works with with victims of sexual abuse and incest wrote (2002): My husband and I were serving on committees organizing the Sathya Sai School in West Hartford, CT and the Sathya Sai summer camp in Woodstock, CT. I have also been a workshop facilitator at the regional retreats, and numerous meditation retreats held in our region. Both of us have been officers in our local Sai Center several times; I was vice-president before my resignation in July, 2000. Dr. Goldstein and other officials in the organization are suppressing information, and attacking former devotees who have testified against Sai Baba. There is, for example, a letter from a woman in California which was sent to all Center presidents. In our center it was suppressed by the president and devotions coordinator because they were told to do so by the regional president. In the US freedom of speech and access to information are rights protected by law. This material cannot be suppressed. People will eventually find out as we did and then feel doubly betrayed; first by Sai, and then by the organization and our fellow devotees. Sai devotees resent the organization being labeled a cult, yet these are clearly cult practices and mind control techniques.”

UNESCO Withdrew from SB Education Conference UNESCO Media Advisory: Paris, September 15 – UNESCO has decided it will no longer sponsor nor take part in a conference it had been due to co-organize with the Institute of Sathya Sai Education (ISSE, Thailand) and The Flinders University Institute of International Education (Australia), in Puttaparthi, India, from September 25 to 29. The decision means UNESCO is no longer associated in any way ­ through sponsorship, organization or participation of any kind ­ with the conference on Strengthening Values Education: Innovative Approaches to Teacher Education for Peace and International Understanding.

UNESCO’s withdrawal was prompted by several factors. Certain decisions were taken by the ISSE without consultation, such as plans to hold some of the sessions at the Ashram of the Sathya Sai movement in Puttaparthi, and the inclusion of some speakers in the conference programme without their previous consent. Furthermore, the Organization is deeply concerned about widely-reported allegations of sexual abuse involving youths and children that have been levelled at the leader of the movement in question, Sathya Sai Baba. Whilst it is not for UNESCO to pronounce itself in this regard, the Organization restates its firm moral and practical commitment to combating the sexual exploitation of children, in application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which requires States to protect children from all forms of sexual exploitation and violence. (See http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/10/UNESCO.htm and the advisory on the wayback archive machine at http://web.archive.org/web/20031003020809/http://www.unesco.org/education/highlights/media_advisory.htm)

Sathya Sai University, Puttaparthi  The methods, nature and standards of education on which Sai schools model themselves are set in Puttaparthi and Brindavan by the Sathya Sai education institutions. Unfortunately these are appallingly traditional in outlook with out-dated rules, constant moral preaching and rote learning without investigative freedom or individual uncensored research. Testimony by an ex-Sai University student shows just how the system works -see  ‘Life at Sathya Sai University’ by Kartik Vaddadi

More incisive and revealing accounts of the sexual abuse culture at the Sai colleges and University have been sent to me by a number of former students – some who remain in India and dare not reveal their identities to the public (only to me)… this in view of the fact that some of their friends and acquaintances were shot down in cold blood in Sai Baba’s apartment by the police while he stood by! Read such striking accounts here ‘Dramatic testimony from ex-student at Prashanthi Nilayam also Evidence piles up on male sex abuse by Sathya Sai Baba and teachers also Strong Sai Baba sex abuse testimony from ex-’form boy’ also Sathya Sai College: ex-student tells of awful culture there

Sathya Sai schools have been set up here and there around the world by the more devoted cult members. Many of them have done so no doubt with the best of intentions, but without the information concerning the nature of Sai Baba schools and colleges in India and in the indoctrinated belief that there is something more holy about the work than in other schools – that it will help renew society and promote positive values and ‘spirituality’.This makes it the more saddening that they remain so fundamentally misinformed and refuse to re-examine their own beliefs in any serious way or to study the evidence against them properly. Unfortunately, leading members of the Sathya Sai Organization have – on Sai Baba’s own example – systematically tried to cover up many failing of Sai Baba and especially his institutions… including murders at his ashram (even in his apartment) and his unpunished sexual abuses of young men through decades – especially of his schoolboys, students and foreign visitors. Many devotees nevertheless know of his sexual molestations but – in their utter dependency on him and their beliefs and hopes – rationalize everything however bad as a divine blessing from SB or a payback for bad karma from a previous life and other such absurdities. Many of the young students abused by Sai Baba through the years – his favourites – became teachers at his schools and colleges, and a number of them have travelled to other countries to spread Sai Baba’s (simplistic and very one-sided and inadequate) ideas about education!

Read this important summary of the status of THE CHILD’S DIGNITY AND INDIAN EDUCATION in law and practice.

Sai Baba’s unasked for and unwanted molestations of the genitalia of young men – especially his students – oiling and rubbing them, was openly admitted even by his defenders involved in leading the ‘Educare programme’ – a shocking fact since handling of genitalia without prior agreement even by a doctor – is an offence under the law and even in India. This was confirmed under intense media pressure – and only after many years of keeping it a secret – by several leaders of the Sathya Sai Organization, not least in Denmark and the Central Coordinator in Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Meyer and his close associate Director Jørgen Trygved (On National Danish TV News), have supported this form of molestation of young men and minors. Meyer wrote to me that it is “the age old Indian oil ceremony”. There is absolutely no justification for it, however, and it is neither ‘religiously’ nor ‘spiritually’ significant’, as some claim. No such ‘age-old ceremony’ can be documented anywhere (not surprisingly), and several experts on Hinduism have denied that any such practice is traditionally condoned. (Further documentation concerning ‘genital oiling’ can be viewed at http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/11/dane.htm

See also Revealing e-mail correspondance between Madhavi Majmudar and Serguei Badaev

Sathya Sai Baba cult-biased and Hindu-biassed religious conceptions of morals in ‘Human Values in Education – exemplified by Dr. M. Majmudar

See the UNSECO Media Advisory warning against Sathya Sai Baba due to sexual abuse allegations and the Notice of Withdrawal by UNESCO from an educational conference in Puttaparthi
http://web.archive.org/web/20031003020809/http://www.unesco.org/education/highlights/media_advisory.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20001207234100/www.unescobkk.org/news/aceid-withdrawal.htm

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Puttaparthi has had a tough year

Posted by robertpriddy on June 13, 2012

Not surprisingly, almost the only references in the Indian press in the past year concerning the deceased Sathya Sai Baba have been those reporting the problems he left behind him for Puttaparthi and those dependent on the former ‘avatar’ for their livelihood, as seen here:-

 

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Puttaparthi: Sai Baba property boom slump

Posted by robertpriddy on June 11, 2012

Puttaparthi: The bottom has fallen out of the former Sai Baba property boom during the last year. Property prices rose enormously since the 1970s and land prices multiplied many times over. Investing in Puttaparthi property was always a big risk due not least the many untrustworthy land owners, agents and lawyers selling apartment on the river flood plain and swindling foreigners in many ways over property deals, not excluding the Sathya Sai ashram. The alarm bells about the utter dependency of property prices etc. on the presence in Prashanthi Nilayam of Sathya Sai Baba did not ring much until around 2007 when the Sathya Sai Central Trust to sell off the airport, without any luck whatever, warning thereby that it was a ‘white elephant’ on the property market. (Only a few flights per week and then only when Sai Baba was residing in Puttaparthi). The Sathya Sai Airport was donated by the government to Sathya Sai Baba through a high-level scam by the devotee Mr. M.K. Kaw (see here) who was the Secretary of Civil Aviation and who had been a devotee since the 1960s when Sai Baba’s car stopped beside him while he was standing in a road in Arunachala Pradesh.

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Puttaparthi loses grandeur? Yes indeed!

Posted by robertpriddy on November 22, 2011

Despite the pronouncements about the activities in connection with the upcoming “birthday celebrations” (see Radio Sai Harmony website and saibabaofindia.com) the only remotely significant person they could drag up to attend the birthday function this year is the governor of Tamil Nadu. Gone are the days when PMs and Presidents, starts of screen and stage could be trumpeted as visitors. Why have they all lost interest? It is no mystery to those who read these blogs, at least! The waste of public money and donations continues nonetheless… 800 police personnel paid for by the public, with the Sai authorities using funds to spruce up the village, funds  surely donated by well-meaning but misguided followers for relieving suffering, aiding the poor, improving health care and education.

Visitors to Puttaparthi always had to queue endlessly to get to darsan (obeying bossy servitors’ every command), then sit on the ground and wait endlessly for Sathya Sai Baba to deign to appear. Then he would repeatedly say to the crowd wanting interviews or whatever “Wait, Wait, Wait”. Now there is nothing whatever to wait for, even less than before!


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Dramatic sex testimony from ex-student at Prashanthi Nilayam

Posted by robertpriddy on August 5, 2011

There have, through the years, been a number of quite independent reports of Sathya Sai Baba having dual sexuality, and dual sexual organs too (physical hermaphroditism). Here I am posting information delivered to me by a person whose identity has been checked and found to be valid, but which will not be made known at this stage for our own reasons, obvious to those who know the real nature of the Sai Baba gang in power. There are evidently others who know of the incident and any confirmation from those who were present when the form boy spoke out in public at Prashanthi Nilayam about Sai Baba’s dual sexual exhibition and are willing to contact me can be confident I shall act in complete confidentiality as they may require. Our informant was a student and ‘form boy’ (well known to me nut his name has to be protected) who tells of Rahul Sharma now in Canada:-

“Rahul was a smart looking boy who got close to SB through the help of the teachers, like the Principal Mr. Habbu, who were looking for smart boys to speak in public and to go closer to SB. Rahul was abused in the very first interview. He used to cry a lot. Even when he disclosed it to his father, this stupid man beat his son with chappals in plain view in front of the school. Later on Rahul did a very brave thing which surprised everyone and that is why we think he was thrown out. While Speaking before Sai Baba in public in the Poornachandra Hall, he very clearly stated that swami had shown him in private in the interview room his SHIVA SWAROOP FOLLOWED BY ARDHANARISHWAR ROOP (that means, God Shiva as half man and half woman). For one moment even Sai Baba looked stunned. Later on the boy was given a terrible thrashing for this glaring mistake.

Today, I cannot but respect the bravery of that boy. I think this shows the terrible nature of working at the Sai-schools. I still fail to understand what made” People like Principal Habbu or Munni Kaul partners in crime at Puttaparthi.”

If indeed Sathya Sai Baba was a physical hermaphrodite, the consequences would be enormous for our understanding of his rise to fame. He would have been worshipped by the ignorant villagers as the incarnation of Shiva-Shakti, Shiva-Parvathi and so on, as is still done today in Indian villages to persons with unusual abnormalities. He would have had a free run to dictate to everyone who knew or believed in him as such from his earliest years. I have explored this with reference to early sources etc. in my article Sathya Sai Baba – an enigma or a myth?

As mentioned, this testimony supports a series of similar testimonies through the years. Tal Brooke was told by a close friend how Sai Baba had a vagina, about which he wrote in his first book exposing SB, ‘Avatar of the Night’  (see Tal Brooke – Avatar of Night excerpts).

The same or similar claims are reported in the overview paper ‘A Guru Accused’ by Alexandra Nagel

Further, in and impressive long video interview, Ullrich Zimmerman gives a very credible account of his visit to Puttaparthi and the ensuing private interview with sexual molestation (oral sex) and reports on the apparent Sai Baba’s dual sexuality?

Yet others have reported their experience or perception of Sai Baba as having both sexual organs. Some consider the perception to be a result of hypnosis, which is very easy to achieve when the subject is already a full believer in the omnipotence etc. of Sai Baba. However, the extreme secrecy about Sathya Sai Baba’s condition during his fatal illness and the apparently complete restrictions placed on his doctors’ access to him, reportedly by Sathyajit, his main much younger boyfriend to the last, raise the suspicion that doctors were – at least as far as possible – kept in the dark about Sai Baba’s genitalia. That there was no certified death document nor post mortem also makes it impossible definitively to confirm his having been born with both organs. Had the doctors noticed this, it would have been virtually impossible for them to have said so, as the pressure to cover-up everything about the guru and his misdeeds is so enormous on those within the movement.


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Descriptive reports from earlier times at Puttaparthi with Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on July 13, 2011

One of the ex-students who writes to me now and whose identity must still remain anonymous due recently sent the following:-

It’s so wonderful to know that the expose wild-fire is spreading wildly through the dry desert like environs of Puttaparthi. So many good people left the ashram earlier keeping silent due to the dangers involved. I remember there was a good person, a certain Dr. Bhagvat of great integrity , who was made the in charge of SSS hospital at Prashanti Nilayam (the general hospital). I would be happy to know why he left. I think many good people did come across the misdeeds of Sai Baba and left the place silently.

I am also happy to be a part of the expose in my own way.  I  can stay for certain that Sai Baba was a fraudster, trickster who made people shut up through frightening them or pacifying them in the name of Indian Patriotism, Indian religion, hinduism and spirituality.

Though I do remain my theistic outlook, how guilty I feel that I enjoyed my existence there all the while giving a wrong picture of it and misleading people. My belief system was different then. But I had started to enjoy as a kid in eighth standard the dirty sex as my elders at the Sai College did with me and I really feel so terrible about it. I think all the boys knew very well what they needed to do if they wanted to go closer to Sai Baba and many of the boys did make ample use of the opportunities. After my post graduation, when I realised my mistake, I had stopped going to darshans etc and stopped speaking in public all the stupidly laudable things taught to us. I still cannot digest how and why the teachers there did not question the dirty acts. These thoughts and really troublesome to me now. I do hope that Indians learn a lesson from all this slush and mud dirtying the corrupt Indian system and the Indian media learns to behave in a more responsible manner henceforth.

Mr. V. Srinivasan of WS Industries is a dubious, dirty character and I think the much pro Sai Baba govt (DMK) in Tamil Nadu has been rooted out of power. This idiot tried posing himself as another Bhagwan while doing propaganda about SB. I think he would have donned the SB mantle had it not been for the recent reports in the media. He always posed as some sort of superhuman whenever interacting with other devotees.

Meanwhile it is not long before Guru Poornima, the day when Hindus celebrate their spiritual teachers (July 16th) when Isaac Tigrett is expected to tell what he claims Sathya Sai Baba instructed him to make public. If one were to believe Tigrett has promised, it promises to be something like another Sermon from the Mount, or perhaps a final statement to save humanity from disaster and cause Sai Baba’s students to clean up India and the world and bring in a Golden Age when all will live in peace, truth and harmony – all of which Sathya Sai Baba promised would occur (though the dates given have run out long since). No, one can expect another package of disinformation, false promises and prophesies and lunatic instructions through this Hard Rock man who really believed that Sathya Sai Baba was a sexual abuser and who even said that murder – if done by Sai Baba – would not alter his faith in him!

Now one can read the entire text of Tal Brooke’s seminal whistle-blowing tract ‘Avatar of the Night’ here. This book is interesting not least because it recalls the ashrams, the style, the people from a time when Sathya Sai Baba was far more available than in the 1980s and afterwards. 

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Puttaparthi not what it was with ‘heart ripped out’

Posted by robertpriddy on July 4, 2011

Puttaparthi peace and quiet

Alas for Puttaparthi, despite all, as First Post Economy posts the headline “Puttaparthi cancelled? Sai Baba’s death tests a town’s faith.” It is all the poorer inhabitants suffer first and most, most of their livelihoods having been totally dependent on the popularity of Sathya Sai Baba, which has waned and waned in recent weeks as the one ugly truth after the other has emerged in such irrefutable ways as to convince even devotees that their faith was misplaced. Many villagers knew about diverse dark, criminal incidents connected to Sathya Sai Baba and/or his institutions and had faith almost only in the economic benefits his presence generated for them, but none dare speak out But for once, when there was a big demonstration against the Sai Central Trust when one of their number who was a student at the Sai College was found murdered and his body burnt. For such reasons – and because the “nerve-centre” of its existence, namely darshan, can never come again – one can’t imagine anything like the same influx of followers for festivals. The may be a last effort made for Guru Poornima this year, but foreign visitors will surely be very few and less and less in years to come.

That Puttaparthi could become like Shirdi, which is flourishing, is considered unlikely too since the image of Sathya has been so badly tarnished by so many scandals of such a kind that Shirdi Sai was never remotely involved in: murders, sex abuses, suicides, huge financial irregularities and hoarding of consumer goods!   There will, however, always be true believers in denial of any facts, however clear, that detract from their imagined God Almighty, but those who were able to take a step back and see things in a longer and more insightful perspective knew that this downfall was to come, that the battles between corrupt Sai officials (who were in plenty) would cause turmoil and disgrace. No tears should be lost over the property speculators, big hoteliers, and smart investors in tourist shops, clinics and the like any more than over the brothel owners. It is the fruit and vegetable sellers, the flower ladies, the maimed street beggars and struggling small stall-holders who face poverty, but will the super-rich Sathya Sai Central Trust will be giving them any handouts?

“Puttaparthi cancelled? Sai Baba’s death tests a town’s faith”

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