SATHYA SAI BABA -
ON INDIA AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS
HIS WORD BELIED BY HIS ACTIONS (written in 2006)
As the scans of his discourses here show, Sai Baba has repeatedly condemned both the possession of atomic weapons and those countries which develop them, calling their leaders 'moral dwarves'. Despite this, he befriended for many years the man who was known as 'the father of India's atom bomb', Dr. S. Bhagavantam. (Scientific Advisor to the defense Ministry). Later he supported the government of Vajpayee, which revelled in the explosion of Indian nuclear devices, and even now in 2006 he made the man who developed the first rocket delivery vehicle for nuclear weapons, India's President, A.J.P. Kalam, the guest of honour at his 81st birthday celebrations in Puttaparthi. Sai Baba has extended his full support to all these 'nuclear' governments! In his Janus-faced way, Sai Baba is a Dr. Jekyll in word and a Mr. Hyde in action! Only blind faith devotees cannot realise this.
So how does this fit with his maxims like "Help Ever, Hurt Never", "Serve All, Love All"? What happened to Sathya Sai's much-touted "human value" of non-violence (ahimsa), in this ever more militaristic State? "Why Fear When I Am Here" when India increases its de fence budget by leaps and bounds (28% in 2003, 17% in 2004 and 10% in 2005) to ca. 830 billion rupees ($19 billion) in 2005. Sai Baba has supported all the governments since the recommencement of nuclear tyesting, despite his constant talk of how India is the land of peace and non-violence and can never rely on atomic weapons:-
adherents of Sai Baba who believe that he is doing the "Task"
he set himself, to set India's house in order (before he sets the
entire world straight!), and thus is trying to influence the government.
Yet he has promised he would unfailingly raise India to its
supposed former moral and spiritual glory (i.e. very ancient 'Bharatiya'
culture which he claims was prevalent in far gone days, thousands
of years ago). He boasts that his will is indomitable, he is omnipotent!
See Sai Baba's Mission - Words and Facts http://www.saiguru.net/english/conclusions/commentaries-Serguei.htm
What international observers report, however,
is a continual decline into rampant militarism, major political and
social corruption, religious strife and mass killings of Muslims,
bombings of Hindus and continual (sometimes hardly reported) murders
of Dalits, brides, Christians and infanticide of girl babies. Meanwhile,
the vast poverty is not alleviated, huge city slums proliferate, ever
more rampant AIDS epidemic and some of the world's worst crime
and corruption in all sectors, and the prostitution slave trade is
still booming. UNICEF
states "an estimated 246 million children are engage in
child labour. Of those, almost three-quarters (171 million) work in
hazardous situations or conditions". India is the largest example
of a nation plagued by the problem of child labour. Other estimates
Rights Watch 1996, 1) cite figures of between 60 and 115 million
working children in India -- the highest number in the world .
What Sai Baba called his own "backyard", India, still succumbs to soaring overpopulation, massive illiteracy and innumeracy, 40% of its population under the poverty line, and endemic lack of institutional reform. It spends ca. zero percent of GDP on health care in the public sector. There is vast environmental pollution and despoliation of air, water, flora and fauna, endemic widespread violence, child labor, high infant mortality rates, female foeticide, rapid spread of Maoist insurgency in many parts of India, including in Sai Baba's state of Andhra Pradesh, owing to lack of agrarian reform and dependence on security forces to suppress. India has a chronically poor record in the education of medical personnel and a low share of the world market in manufacturing exports. And so on it goes
Click here to see more 'Sai Baba and India’s atomic arsenal'
See also How far is it to Dharma? http://www.exbaba.com/articles/dharma.html
See also The Poet President and the Creator of the Universe
A Brief History of India's
As early as 26 June 1946, when addressing a public gathering in Bombay, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, soon to be Indias first Prime Minister, said: "As long as the world is constituted as it is, every country will have to devise and use the latest scientific devices for its protection. I have no doubt India will develop her scientific researches and I hope Indian scientists will use the atomic force for constructive purposes. But if India is threatened, she will inevitable try to defend herself by all means at her disposal."
After Nehru's death, a reprocessing plant and the CIRUS research reactor, began operating in 1960. The first Chinese nuclear test was in 1964, barely two years after India lost the war with China and the "peaceful nuclear explosion" of 1974.
The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in March, 1998, with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had already been a devoted follower of Sathya Sai Baba for two decades (but evidently no follower of his 'human values' like non-violence!). On 11 May 1998, the Buddha's birth anniversary, India tested three nuclear devices. Two days later, two more tests were conducted. After these tests, the Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee triumphantly announced that India was now a Nuclear Weapon State. Vast crowds celebrated this achievement with great enthusiasm in India's major cities.
See the news which shook the worlf when India's Prime Minister - Sai devotee V.J. Vajpayee - boasted of the bombs!
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