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The making of BBC’s film “The Secret Swami” and key unpublished facts

Posted by robertpriddy on November 5, 2013

The following mail containing vital information concerning the making of the BBC film “The Secret Swami” in 2004 is at least of historic interest. It  was fowarded to me by an exposé activist. Though it was confidential at the time, there is no reason to suppress these facts any longer.  The mailer was Basava Premanand, India’s former chief rationalist who was honoured by the government with its highest award for the promotion of scientific values among the public. He was one of the BBC’s chief contacts in India in the preparation and making of the film “The Secret Swami”, and the previously unpublished information in his mail throws light on the process and editing of the film.

NOTE: The links and purple text inserts within the mail have been inserted by me, Robert Priddy, for those who do not know to whom or what Premanand was referring. Eamon 

Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 12:12 PM
Subject: re

Dear friends,

Hereby I am acknowledging the mail of:
1. email from Glen dated 2.5.2004 sent at 11.12 pm Re: John Purcell (Glen was Glen Meloy, one of the first disaffected after 1999 who helped the BBC greatly in the USA. John Purcell was an outspoken youth having been sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba when still a minor)
2. email from Barry dated 2.5.2004 sent at 10:24 pm Re : John Purcell
3. email from Barry dated 2.5.2004 sent at 3:44 pm Re: Eamon confusion, Future Co-production ideo, BJP questions – Siddharth Sharma and any Jesuit – Hindutva Problem?

I am replying to your questions one by one. On 29.4.2004 Eamon and David Savill (note: Eamon Hardy, director and David Saville, producer)  have written to me that he can fly over to India if I want him to in May. I replied them that due to election it would be difficult to find Police Officers as they will be very busy in election duties. And if the government in Andhra changes they will be able to speak freely as they will have to be very careful of Naidu (N. Chandrababa Naidu Chief Minister for Andhra Pradesh)  who may put them to problems. Though it may not be possible for the government to dismiss them they will be harassed much.

The Interviews BBC didn’t film:-

1. Meeting Ravi who escaped from murder along with Vijay Prabhu to get the present addresses of the youths seduced by SSB.

2. Exposing Gopalakrishna Baba who claims to be a female and SSB the only male and that he is a Pathivrata. He was a bed mate of SSB. (Gopalakrishna Baba lived in a small Sai Baba temple in Bangalore)

3. Exposing Vibhuthi falling from SSB’s photographs at Karwar which was mishandled by Eamon Hardy.

4. Interviewing Mr. Rajan, the then Joint Director of CB-CID and other high ranking Police officers who investigated the murders on 6.6.1993.

5. Exposing Halagappa in Srirangapatnam where Vibhuthi comes from the SSB photos there and Amrit flowing from the lockets and under the concrete feet of SSB. Also film the opium plantations as opium is mixed in the Amrit.

6. To meet Sandeepan Chatterjee.

7. Meeting Vijaya Kumari (her brother is my neighbour whose father was alleged to have been resurrected thrice. Also to interview her on the 1st Bed mate of Sai Baba “Krishna” whom SSB called “Radha”.

8. Interviewing Diwakar Muthu Krishna who had married N. Radhakrishna’s sister who died in mysterious circumstances and who was the person who stood near the interview room and was also a bed mate of SSB.

9. Interviewing Neptune (sexually-abused by Sai Baba Neptune Chapotin)

10. Interviewing the Editor of Vijaya Viharam Mr. Ramana Murthy

11. Interviewing the Shop who supplies Vibhuthi to SSB.

12. Interviewing the Jewellers to sell jewellery to SSB to create them (Canadians interviewed Ashwath Narayana)

13. Interviewing Balaji whose kidney was stolen from SSB superspecialty hospital (Canadians interviewed them)

14. Interviewing the wife of a police constable who gave her Kidney to be transplanted to her husband and she has also a bill for about 10,000/- for purchasing medicine for her husband after the transplant but her husband died within a week.

Though arrangement were fully made by me to meet them and I went to Bangalore I was informed that they would meet them with the help of their staff and they failed because they phoned them first for permission for the interview.

What they filmed:-

1. Interviewing the mother of a youth who was murdered in 1987 as he ran away when he was to be sexually abused and later he was murdered by burning in the College Campus in day light and the police closed the case as suicide. All the school students protested before the police station and their parents were warned of police action against them.

2. Interviewing the father of murdered E.K. Suresh Kumar (you have mentioned him as a friend of Sidharth Sharma). He came to India to file a case about the murder and has given me power of Attorney to go even to International Courts. Being afraid of problems in India he has left for Malaysia after the interview.

3. They interviewed the then Home Secretary who has noted on the file of the murders in 1997 that action has to be taken against the police officers and the culprits behind the murders was Dora then Commissioner of Police and after retirement also filed a writ petition against the Government for closing the case on a confidential Govt. Order. It was dismissed. I had only 6 days with them from 26th to 31st March and I had to leave for Punjab to attend the National Conference of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations.

4. Interviewing Dr. Bhatia and Joshi the HRD Union Minister.

5. They interviewed my advocate Mr. K.N. Balgopal

6. They interviewed me for a full day and went through some records and letters from Supreme Court judges and politicians who have written to me that fighting SSB is futile and to use the money for some better purpose. At any rate the documentary when it is released would be an atom bomb.

7. Whom all they interviewed directly I don’t know.

As Mr. Eamon wanted to interview the above in May I wrote to him that it will be possible only after the election as all govt. officers and politicians would be busy in the election duty and will not be in their office.

My reply was sent only on 30th night and I am waiting for Eamon’s reply. As soon as I get I shall inform you.

He was very much interested to see a photograph wherein SSB is having oral sex in 1976 with an Indian youth. I have kept it as a trumph card in my case if the Supreme Court tries to dismiss our special leave petition. I have told BBC that they will be given the first preference when we are ready to publish it. (The photo was later stolen by a major burgling of Premanand’s house) I also have informed him that in the internet there was a mention of SSB having oral sex with an overseas student and if it is true I can ask my friends to contact them so that they may fly to the country. I am wondering whether you have been able to get information of the photograph and the address. I have written to you about it and am waiting anxiously to know whether he has been traced.

BBC did not make use of me for interviewing the Indian Youths who were sexually molested. I wanted to go and meet Ravi who escaped from being murdered to get the present addresses of molested youths who would come forward to be interviewed. As at that time I was financially very bad I asked for a loan of Rs. 20000/- to go about tracing their present address. I was informed by Eamon that they would themselves investigate through their staff.

What you have said in your email of 2.5.2004 sent at 3.36 pm you are correct of what BBC is up to.

Let us wait for 17.6.2004 on which date the documentary will be telecast and watch the outcome. The first exposure of SSB’s miracle shown in Guru Busters with a dozen of VVIP politicians as witnesses produced by Indian TV Doordarshan made for SSB’s propaganda film telecast by BBC, it was me who managed to get a copy and send it to my friend in London “Robert Eagle” who made the Guru Buster film. I believe I have touched most of the points raised by you and we have to wait for the release of the BBC documentary on 17.6.2004. Then I would plan for the future.

Regarding the Affidavits from the abused students please see to the following.

1. That their statements have records to prove that at that time they were in Puttaparthy, that they were called to the interview room etc., This is very necessary. It is not enough to say that they were used for sex by SSB. It would be necessary to produce these records in the court.

With regards

B. Premanand

Since his death,  the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations (FIRA), an apex body of more than 75 rationalist, skeptic, secularist organizations in India, has instituted an award in memory of its founder-convener, B Premanand.  This award will be given to people who have given valuable contribution towards secularism, scientific temper, skepticism, rational inquiry etc in India.

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Sathya Sai Baba – BBC Radio interview on his death

Posted by robertpriddy on May 1, 2011












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Here is a transcript of the radio programme in which a presenter interviews Ranu Mehta Radia of the Sathya Sai Baba School in Harrow, North London and journalist Mick Brown.

“Now, Sathya Sai Baba was an influential Indian guru who attracted followers from around the world. (his origins are summarised) then the announcer states that Sai Baba invested in a “water irrigation system for the whole state of Andhra Pradesh”

Comment: That is ridiculously bad reporting. His followers dominated a drinking water system – not at all for irrigation – to an uncertain number of villages (near to Puttaparthi), but only in the relatively limited Rayalaseema area. It represents a small faction of the whole of Andhra Pradesh and a very minor percentage of the state budget for water supplies. How come professional journalists make such over estimations and blunder about easily investigated facts?

Interviewer: We spoke to Ranu Mehta Radia, a devotee of Sai Baba, who founded a school run on his principles in Harrow. She described the experience of seeing the guru at his ashram.

Radia: When you first arrive there it seems that you’re all in a slumber, and, and suddenly, you know, this awakening comes. Where it’s like he’s
pulling away all the the material desires way from you and you suddenly feel very light and he takes you on a completely different consciousness.

Comment: This is called the ‘honeymoon’ period, when – after endless waiting and countless prayers and yearning (often for years) the devotee – already invariably convinced of his divine nature – gets to see him at last. It seems like fulfilment, to be in the presence of God. Yet more so when he looks at one, and again blesses one, allows one to touch his feet… then perhaps even get an interview and see him perform his ‘miracles’ like a conjurer. One feels as if one is walking on air… the lightness is a result of one’s own longings and desires being fulfilled. He does not remove material desires as she says – followers fight long and hard to do so, and the result are not all that visible to long-term observers of devotees! The talk about raised levels of consciousness is all subjective, of course… it is not noticeable that Sai followers are even a cut above the ordinary as regards awareness, sensitivity, compassion… nor are they lacking in selfishness, as any visit to the ashrams will confirm (I can say this honestly after 18 years trying to assist them as a leader of the Sathya Sai Organization in Norway). Sai Baba did not change anyone, people change themselves (often only in imagination or in boast) but those who believed in him got a kind of initial boost.

Interviewer: All this just by being in his presence?

Radia: Absolutely and he comes out with this great energy aura around him.

Mick Brown: He was certainly the most famous Indian swami of recent times.

Interviewer: The journalist Mick Brown visited Sai Baba’s ashram as part of the research for his book ‘The Spiritual Tourist’.

Mick Brown: A lot of his reputation was based on the claims that he could perform miracles and these miracles ranged from what may appear to be the fairly mundane of materializing various devotional objects – materializing what’s called vibuthi, this holy dust, from his fingertips up to the full-blown 24-carat miracle you might say it of resurrecting people from the dead and healing the sick and so forth. In fact if you think of all, pretty much all the the miracles that were claimed of Christ, these were claimed at one time or another of Sai Baba.

Interviewer: And his following was enormous, wasn’t it?

Mick Brown: Yes, it’s very difficult to calculate just how enormous, I mean estimates range from 3 mill around the world up to 10 million, a following that spread through Europe, America, Australia and not just the sixties’ hippies, as it were, who made the pilgrimage India in the 60s in search of enlightenment, I mean his followers in the West would include psychiatrists, doctors, professionals and so – yes a very large and extensive network of Sai Baba groups and Sai Baba centres around the world.

Interviewer: What did he actually look like (as?) he moved amongst the people in that way?

Click on image to read his original debunking article on Sathya Sai Baba

Mick Brown: Fairly tubby – as he grew older – and ah he wore a long flame-coloured silk robe – ah – which trailed on the floor as he walked and his most distinguishing characteristic was the aureole of frizzy afro hairstyle, almost like Jimi Hendrix.

Dr. Michael Goldstein (recorded from ‘The Secret Swami’ documentary film): “We believe that – ah – Sri Sathya Sai Baba IS Jesus Christ, that Sri Sathya Sai Baba IS Buddha, that Sri Sathya Sai Baba IS the founder of all of the world’s religions. Sri Sathya Sai Baba has always been l-ah, ah – God.”

Interviewer: Did you think he was a god?

Radia: I think over the 35 years that I have been following him I would say that he was certainly a representation of one of the most divine people that I have encountered.

Comment: In other words, Radia did not believe Sathya Sai Baba’s central claim, the he was and always is God, who created the Universe and who sent Jesus to earth. This was required of all bona fide members of the organization. Obviously she baulked at answering the question properly, and no wonder –since he has been so widely exposed to be a charlatan and ignorant of so many facts – that she did not want to be taken for some kind of deluded fanatic in believing his oft-repeated claim of being omniscient, omnipotent etc.

Interviewer: Of course, his foundation had a lot of money, some say 5.5 billion pounds in that foundation, do you think he was guilty of exploiting his followers in any way?

Radia: Having observed him for 35 years, he has lived a very, very simple life. If people felt that he was probably getting the rich to give, it was for a very very good purpose.

Comment: This is contradicted by the opulent apartments he has himself decided to built for himself, the fact that he never has to lift a finger for anything whatever and that he had done no hard work since he got his ashram back in the 1950s. He just talks, walks, talks, walks… and also rides everywhere in the most expensive cars available, and on chartered airline jets. He in definitely not averse to a good spread, as is known from his visits to members of his Trust for meals. He is visibly the opposite of a sannyasin in his behaviour, but the deluded think they see saintly self-denial despite everything. Further, he tricked people into donating, largely by giving them cheap trinkets (often rings with what he called ‘diamonds’ and large one in) and they were so grateful that they donated many, many times the value back in money, work, time and energy. Not one Sai Baba diamond has ever been proven to be genuine by any professional assayer! But the contrary has! (See here)

Interviewer: There have also been some allegations of sexual abuse from some former acolytes. How did you feel when you heard those allegations?

Radia: That was absolutely shocking, there was absolutely never never any indication that there was any abuse. You k now I have come into contact with a lot of students throughout my years, particularly in the early days when they were using my home as a – as a – transit and there was absolutely no indication that he was interested in any kind of sexual advances towards the students, in fact you know he loved them to bits.

Comment: The excessive denial pattern is there, as usual with those who have invested their lives in believing this guru to be holy. A person who only could possibly have seen Sai Baba most infrequently in interviews and at his walkabout darsans was in no position to judge what he did the rest of the time, especially since she is a woman and Sai Baba mostly steers very clear of them in his daily doings- it is a man’s world in the ashrams! Nor would students be likely to tell her – a fully signed-up believer – what they had experiences because the consequences could be very grave. Ex-students were murdered in his bedroom and many claimed some of them had been sexual abused too. Besides, UNESCO investigated the Sathya Sai Baba sex abuse claimants, as did the US State Department and the BBC World film makers (“The Secret Swami“. All warned against him and they could not be challenged in any court! No UN body has ever had any connection with the Sai Baba set.up, despite constant attempts by followers, since the UNESCO advisory

Mick Brown: The allegations of sexual abuse I think took on real heat with the advent of the Internet when people began to come forward and exchange information and this culminated in very serious attempts to try and bring Sai Baba legally to book for this.

Interviewer: Did it have some of the charactististics of a cult? Were there dangers for those who were drawn into the following of Sai Baba?

Mick Brown: I personally think it did have the characteristics of a cult, certainly a personality cult around him, and that was one of the things that I felt most strongly in the ashram and that I found most oppressive. In a sense people almost believe in that whatever they had done, whatever they were doing, whatever they were about to do was somehow being refracted through the desires or wishes or intentions of Sai Baba.

Interviewer: What do you think the impact will be at his death?

Radia: Oh, we’re going to keep it alive so I think you know that there’s a very long legacy now for the er Sai – Sathya Sai Baba and I think he’s left immortal teachings for you know people who followed him

Interviewer: Rania Mehta Radia on Sathya Sai Baba who has died aged 84.

(from the BBC:

Mick Brown is a journalist and author. He wrote about his visit to Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram in  ‘A Spiritual Tourist in India A Personal Odyssey through the Outer Reaches of Belief. London: Bloomsbury. 1999. ISBN 0747542821.’
He wrote a major article exposing Sathya Sai Baba after meticulous research – ‘Divine Downfall’ in the Sunday Telegraph.

UK Minister Tony McNulty Finished? Indian Guru Sai Baba Link Should Be Probed
Swindling politician Tony McNulty association with the UK Sathya Sai Organization
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

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Indisputable facts about Sathya Sai Baba by BBC

Posted by robertpriddy on July 26, 2008

Among the many facts that cannot be disputed in the BBC documentary ‘The Secret Swami’ are the following items of major importance:-

1) Sai Baba’s public lie exposes him as a total charlatan

Sathya Sai Baba 'collapses' for the BBC

Sathya Sai Baba ‘collapses’ for the BBC

In 2004, while being filmed by the BBC during the Shivarathri festival, Sathya Sai Baba failed to produce the expected golden egg-shaped ‘lingam’ from his mouth and soon collapsed (whether really or feigned). He was helped off into a private room by servitors. On his return he spoke about the incident saying that the lingam (the egg-shaped golden object) weighed three tons. Sathya Sai Baba was filmed making this mendacious and absurd statement (and the direct translation of his words) by the BBC! This alone is sufficient to condemn him as a complete charlatan in the eyes of any unbiased person. Besides, the lingam is seen not to emerge from his mouth – but from a towel he was holding! (See transcript and/or choose a video clip)
Andrew Billen of The Times also wrote: “Producing necklaces and rings from thin air may seem small beer to us, but then we have watched Derren Brown. And there is no doubting Baba’s miraculous ability to raise money to pump fresh water to remote villages in Andhra Pradesh and to build a new, free hospital designed by one of Prince Charles’s favourite architects, Keith Critchlow (worryingly, given his proximity to the Crown).”

Isaac Tigrett worships Sai Baba

Isaac Tigrett worships Sai Baba

2) One of Sai Baba’s foremost devotees and donors, Isaac Tigrett, believes in sexual abuse by his guru. Andrew Billen, of The Times (of London) wrote:-

“One of the richest supporters of the Indian guru Sai Baba – no less than Isaac Tigrett, co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe – told his interviewer that he was perfectly willing to believe that Baba was simultaneously a) quite likely a paedophile and b) God incarnate.” from The Times (of London) Andrew Billen. Here is a short excerpt of the BBC interview with Tigrett:
Tanya Datta: But even if it was proven to you that Sai Baba was a paedophile and a serial sex abuser, you¹re saying it wouldn’t change the fact that he is your guru. (Tigrett laughs uproariously)
Isaac Tigrett: Absolutely not. Absolutely not. He could go out and murder someone tomorrow, as I said, it’s not going to change my evolution, it’s not going to change the good things that have come out of my relationship down there.
Tanya Datta: Does that mean that some part of you believes there could be some truth to the rumours?
Isaac Tigrett:Oh, absolutely I believe there is truth to the rumours.
(See full transcript and/or video clip).

3) Vile sexual abuse and threats by Sathya Sai Baba alleged:
Tom Adair in The Scotsman wrote: “The programme gathered American former devotees who claimed that Sai Baba had abused them, had exposed himself to them, indulged in oral sex and then sworn them to secrecy. This sexual degradation had shaken their faith. These victims included a father and a son who were alleged to have been abused over many years. It was implied that many Indian boys had also been taken advantage of but were too scared to make public statements.”

That the last sentence is true, many former devotees worldwide in good standing in their professions and wider communities can attest, including former prominent leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization. Survivors of sexual abuse of young males by Sai Baba and certain of those close to him have confidentially shared their accounts of abuses and other deceptions not only with others, including qualified and experienced counselling professionals but and also with leading media such as the BBC, DR (Denmark’s national broadcaster, and major newspapers in the several countries. The accounts are deeply saddening and extremely convincing. (see short video clips) Some Sai students have also posted their accounts on the Internet, though mostly anonymously for obvious reasons, not least considering the murders of students that took place and were condoned by Sathya Sai Baba and the ashram.

Karl French of the Financial Times wrote: “Sai Baba is allegedly given to subjecting some of his young male acolytes to a “ritual healing process” in which he rubs oil into their genitals. Those seeking a definition of denial should tune in to hear Tigrett insist that his devotion to his guru would be undiminished even it were proved beyond question that these accusations are well founded.”
Note that they were admitted (in e-mail and/or on National Danish news TV) by leading Danish leaders in the Sathya Sai Organization, who denied that it could be any form of sexual molestation (see here).

Terry Ramsey in The Evening Standard U.K. wrote: “Let Alaya, a young American man who is one of Sai Baba’s former followers, explain about a private meeting he had with the guru while a boy: “He took me aside and put oil on his hands and told me to drop my pants and rubbed my genitalia with the oil. Then he pulled me close and started kissing me hard on the mouth. And this is just one of the milder allegations of abuse. Sai Baba, it seems, has been doing this sort of thing for years, but no one ever dared question him.”

Alaya Rahm tried to get legal redress against Sathya Sai Baba to book via a case against the US Sathya Sai Organization, but since a case against Sathya Sai Baba in absentia was disallowed and since there was no registered organization in the USA, the case had to be withdrawn. Meanwhile, he has not withdrawn a single word of his allegations, not have any of the other 30 or so persons who have made public statements alleging being sexual abused by Sathya Sai Baba. Sathya Sai Baba cannot be sued in India, for he has up to now been protected by the highest authorities from investigation and attempts at prosecution for sexual and other crimes. See Alaya Rahms Lawsuit vs Sathya Sai Society of America – Joint Statement by the International JuST Group and the Rahm family

4) ‘Cold-blooded’ Police Executions in Sai Baba’s bedroom:

Mr. V. P. Nair, former Home Minister of the Andhra Pradesh government

Mr. V. P. Nair, former Home Minister of the Andhra Pradesh government

VPB Nair, former Home Secretary, Andhra Pradesh, at the time of the murders (see transcript/video clip)
It is essential to note that any inaccuracies in the film were trivial and do not affect the main thrust of the evidence, which all neutral press observers regarded as very damning.

With gross dishonesty, proxy defenders of Sathya Sai Baba (eg. Gerald Joe Moreno) on the Internet and elsewhere have made much of the small inaccuracies, as they did, for example, in the case of the Paul Lewis article in British newspaper The Guardian [and always do on every issue]. See, The Indian living god, the paedophilia claims and the Duke of Edinburg Awards This technique is used wilfully to mislead and cover-up, since no Sai defender can refute the facts documented by the BBC as pointed out in the above.The same applies to Sathya Sai Baba’s chief propagandist, Prof. G. Venkataraman, head of a Sathya Sai Baba world-wide radio broadcasting network.

Further Reading The BBC’s ‘The Secret Swami’ – A Revision

Information on the Public Petition for Official Investigations of Sathya Sai Baba and His Worldwide Organization
See also Devotee attacks on the Sai petition and petitioners

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