Dr G. VENKATARAMAN
former adviser to India's Defense Research and Development Organisation (working in connection with nuclear weaponry, of all things).
Deputy Chairman of the Prashanthi Council who was teaching at the Institute and Director of the Prashanti Digital Studio and Radio Sai Global Harmony.
Venkataraman has been deluded - and has further deluded himself - into believing that Sathya Sai Baba created the entire Universe - a physicist who fails to apply the slightest scientific method to his belief. He holds that Sai Baba created the process of evolution itself, but where is his evidence! Clearly there is none whatever and can never be any! He has certainly not studied his Grayling nor neurophilosophy, nor even understood Dawkins' ground-breaking popular book 'The Selfish Gene'. Venkataraman suffers from typical Indian religious spiritualism with its in-built aversion to all genuine self-critical thinking. Believing in most Indian mythology as fact, he is wonder-struck by Sathya Sai Baba. He is keen to imprint on his readers that, in studying anything about science, they are observing 'The Glory of God'. This is, of course, an assumption and is not even a testable hypothesis, being a vague (undefined and indefinite) conception which is entirely non-operational. It is wrong to write about science from the viewpoint of a 'true believer' in Sathya Sai Baba as God the Creator Incarnate, as Venkataraman does.
Dr. Venkataraman takes after Sathya Sai Baba and all others who try to convince through 'sham reasoning'. Philosopher C.S. Peirce explained this as 'pseudo-inquiry aimed not at finding the truth but at making a case for some conclusion immovably believed in advance'. Trying to foreshorten science to fit onto the Procrustean bed of religious belief, forcing personal and subjective interpretations onto scientific facts and theories - while presenting oneself as 'a scientist' while one is writing mainly as a believer is to disqualify oneself completely as a serious thinker. When the patina of well-known scientific facts is stripped off, only preaching what Sai Baba has claimed remains.
Here is Dr. Venkataraman's take on this bogus God Avatar:-
Science and Belief in God To accept Sathya Sai Baba as a universal teacher also means accepting 'Creationism' (see here ). That is a totally discredited quasi-theory, banned from education by a 1987 Supreme Court ruling. Venkataraman's attempt to misuse science to support his belief in God does not befit anyone who truly bends to the scientific spirit. Among the many millions of scientists today, believers in a God creator and regulator of the universe are in a tiny minority which is continually decreasing. As Professor Dawkins, a world-famous scientist as a foremost geneticist and evolutionary scientist and also as a non-believer in religion, has pointed out in his super bestseller The God Delusion - hardly any truly notable scientists today believe in God. (read his 1'st chapter). Dawkins writes: "The only website I could find that claimed to list 'Nobel-Prize-winning Scientific Christians' came up with six, out of a total of several hundred scientific Nobelists" [The God Delusion paperback - page 126]. Another interesting research shows how scientists in general are far less religious than average
Einstein was not a religious believer in God Venkataraman has promoted many famous scientists in his popularistic series on the Internet - as if this thereby lends credence to his main contention: to believe in God. Religionists - especially Sai followers in their endless hagiographies - try their utmost to allege that many scientists are believers, particularly referring to the incomparable Albert Einstein. However, Einstein wrote: "It was of course a lie when you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly" (see here). The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naive." [Albert Einstein in a letter to Beatrice Frohlich, December 17, 1952; Einstein Archive 59-797; from Alice Calaprice, ed., The Expanded Quotable Einstein, Princeton, : Princeton University Press, 2000, p. 217. ] Einstein used the word God occasionally but never in the religious sense or as a Creator [as in 'God does not play dice'- an analogy for causal determinism, in which Einstein did believe].
According to the official report of the Shivaratri festival, Sai Baba has been giving (yes, giving!) cars away:
On the occasion of Mahashivarathri, Bhagawan felicitated five long-standing devotees for their invaluable contribution and dedicated service in Bhagawan's institutions and service projects, and gifted them each with a new car.
Dirt poor villagers watched as five of his his fat cat VIP's: Head of Prashanthi ashram, Chackravati, 'propaganda minister' Dr. G. Venkataraman and Co.) were given expensive new Japanese cars out of funds donated for 'good works'! Sathya Sai Baba's younger brother, Janakiramiah, who was a blackmailer of police, a trusted Central Trust member, Janaki Ramiah, was a super-rich speculator on local property died some years ago.
Not exactly a hard-up man by any measure having held top posts in India - Dr. G. Venkataraman gladly accepted a brand new, expensive Japanese car by Sathya Sai Baba out of funds donated to help the poor and needy (NOTE SB claims to own nothing at all! This is what devotees’ donations (including large sums by my wife and I) are evidently used for more and more, i.e. helping rich and influential Indians! Dr. Venkataraman should have been too ashamed to accept it or at least had the moral decency to give it to help the poor instead!
Agent in the cover-up of widely testified accusations of criminality: Dr. Venkataraman has also taken upon himself the role as the principal official defender on the Internet of Sai Baba against the world-wide allegations of sexual abuse and being an accomplice to murders and their cover-up. He also endorses fraudulent claims of 'materializations' (many of which were definitively not such), plus many documented lies by Sai Baba, false promises and self-serving (mostly failed) prophesies and predictions and massive, ignorance of much of human knowledge plus unsurpassed, self-aggrandisement. in the interests of damage control, G. Venkataraman downplayed and blatantly denied reports leaking from Sai Baba's ashram by devotees relating to Sai Baba's ill health, which caused him to change the schedule of his public appearances and also having his movements restricted to being driven around in a golf cart.
Dr. Venkataraman has also took upon himself the role as the principal official defender on the Internet of Sai Baba against the world-wide allegations of sexual abuse and being an accomplice to murders and their cover-up. Hen claimed that he had never found any student who said he was sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba. However, seeing he is the top VIP defending Sathya Sai Baba in every possible respect - and seeing that students have been brutally murdered at Prashanthi Nilayam in 1993 at the very least - one would not have expected abused students to confide in this utterly compromised person. Unlike persons who stood forth to defend those abused by Sai Baba (including Barry Pittard and myself who have personal friends who were sexually abused).
Venkataraman was also one of Professor Erlendur Haraldsson's chief informants when he re-edited his book 'Modern Miracles' in 2013, and it is easily seen how he was strongly influenced by that excessive 'true believer' and unscrupulous cover-up agent . He also endorses fraudulent claims of 'materializations' (many of which were definitively not such), plus many documented lies by Sai Baba, false promises and self-serving (mostly failed) prophesies and predictions and massive, ignorance of much of human knowledge plus unsurpassed, self-aggrandisement. in the interests of damage control, G. Venkataraman downplayed and blatantly denied reports leaking from Sai Baba's ashram by devotees relating to Sai Baba's ill health, which caused him to change the schedule of his public appearances and also having his movements restricted to being driven around in a golf cart.
Not exactly a hard-up man by any measure having held top posts in India - Dr. G. Venkataraman wilfully accepted a brand new, expensive Japanese car by Sathya Sai Baba out of funds donated to help the poor and needy (NOTE SB claims to own nothing at all! This is what devotees' donations (including large sums by my wife and I) are evidently used for more and more, i.e. helping rich and influential Indians! Dr. Venkataraman should have been too ashamed to accept it or at least had the moral decency to give it to help the poor instead!
Dr. G. Venkataraman claims he has never found any student who said he was sexually abused by Sathya Sai Baba. However, seeing he is the top VIP defending Sathya Sai Baba in every possible respect - and seeing that students have been brutally murdered at Prashanthi Nilayam in 1993 at the very least – one would not expect abused students to confide in this compromised person. Unlike Barry Pittard and myself, as we have stood forth to defend those abused by Sai Baba, including personal friends, and promised strict confidentiality to all who do not wish publicity and its likely consequences of harassment and worse, especially within India.
The amateur philosopher and plagiarist: Venkataraman reviews at length developments in our scientific knowledge of the cosmos... though nothing scientific that is not found in hundreds of books and other media. Venkataraman was a physicist working for the Indian government's nuclear programme. However, he has copied his information on astronomy from other scientific authorities. Yet he does not once attribute anything he reports to its originators or to other scientific sources! He has even plagiarized text from the Dennis Dutton website, without any mention. This failure to cite any references in articles on science or academic subjects is regarded as dilettantism by scientists and scholars. The innocent and uneducated may well believe that Venkataraman discovered such things himself, when he is simply promoting himself as if he were an authoritative researcher. This marks him out as bogus. In addition to this absence of basic scholarly standards, he has a pretentious main agenda. He presumes to inform us of 1) The Cosmic origin of man. 2) Man's Cosmic connections. 3) Man's Cosmic responsibilities, and 4) Man's Cosmic Destiny, no less! These (contra-feminist) titles alone reveal that he is setting himself up as some kind of 'spiritual mouthpiece', misusing science as a mere tool in an attempt to inculcate religious belief - preferably faith in his Lord and Master, Sathya Sai Baba, as the Incarnation of God Almighty in this Age.
Outright plagiarism by a man given many Indian awards. This shows a lot about the system in India and how dishonest and underachieving academics benefit from it: Both text and an images were 'lifted' by G. Venkataraman from denisdutton.com/einstein_eddington.htm by Professor G. Venkataraman, who also took the following images, all without acknowledgement:- 'The Big Bang' image from science.hq.nasa.gov/universe/science/bang.html 'An Expanding Universe' from http://www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/Phys-SNAP-dark-energy.html 'The Periodic Table of Elements' is from http://www.scientificpsychic.com/health/chemistry.html (on which he has even imposed the logo of Radio Sai! 'The Chandra Telescope' images come from starbulletin.com/2000/01/14/news/story1.html and from http://whyfiles.org/223orbital_astro/images/chandradiag.jpg The images of white dwarfs are falsely sub-titled "www.radio sai" but they are taken from http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/Images/science/hubble_m4wd.jpg He uses copyright images from the Anglo-Australian Observatory at http://astro.ic.ac.uk/Research/Stellar/images/aat050.jpg
See also The Last King of Scotland and Dr. G. Venkataraman. It is in a discourse on Christmas Day 2007 (no less!) that Venkataraman enthused over how Sathya Sai Baba having blessed his devotee dictator Idi Amin
THE SATHYA SAI ORGANISATION'S DECEPTION AND PROPAGANDA EXPOSED - part one - part two - part 3 - part 4. Venkataraman fronts the despicable and hypocritical cover-up
of the Sathya Sai movement by its leaders and followers through false statements and confused, tendentious reasoning in denial of the facts. He insults the intelligence of educated readers and viewers of the quality media, who are often concerned about social justice, moral and ethical issues
Dictator Idi Amin - Sai Baba's warm recollections The gullible ex-scientist Dr. G. Venkataraman enthuses over Sai Baba's relations with most gruesome dictator Idi Amin, with crocodiles and more!
Dr Venkataraman, a victim of emotional blackmail?
Apologist for Sathya Sai Baba
Atomic physics Venkataraman-Puttaparthi style. Deeply intriguing
Dr. G. Venkataraman's delusions and cynical cover up