Puthenveetil Radhakrishnan And Sathya Sai Baba
Smear Campaign By Professor P. Radhakrishnan
P Radhakrishnan Menu (click on a link to go to relevant section):
- Introduction To Dr. P. Radhakrishnan
- Dr. P. Radhakrishnan's Unusual Blogophilia Affliction
- Correspondence With Dr. P. Radhakrishnan
- Dr. P. Radhakrishnan's Deception And Damage Control
- In Conclusion
Dr. P. Radhakrishnan is a professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies in India and is a social scientist. He believes in the Jain concept of rationalism and has had numerous articles published in books and journals. He has published the following books and monographs:
- Religion, Caste and State, Rawat Publications, 2006.
- The Perfidies of Power: India in the new millennium.
- Progress towards Education for All: The Case of Tamil Nadu (With R. Akila).
- Peasant Struggles, Land Reforms, and Social Change: Malabar 1836-1982
Radhakrishnan seems to enjoy beating his own drum on blogger and has created numerous blogs to push his views on various topics, including Sathya Sai Baba. The following list contains known blogs (there very well could be more).
Deleted / Renamed Blogs:
On December 1st 2006, I emailed Radhakrishnan about his deceptive blog against Sathya Sai Baba (entitled "saibabasexabuse") and received a cordial reply in which he told me:
P. Radhakrishnan: "You are also most welcome to post your comments on my blogs. That is how we engage in debates and unravel whatever we can."
Therefore, I took him up on his word and here is the following conversation that ensued on the "saibabasexabuse" blog ("equalizer" is my blogger name):
Equalizer: December 1, 2006 6:13:00 PM IST
Dr. Radhakrishnan, I would like to comment on the article you referred to by Paul Lewis about 'pedophilia claims' against Sathya Sai Baba.
I am deeply disturbed by the fact that ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba have been publicly boasting on the internet that they worked in exclusive association with Paul Lewis to write this article specifically against Sathya Sai Baba. This type of hidden bias is reprehensible.
As a matter of fact, a critic of Sathya Sai Baba (Sanjay Kishore Dadlani) posted in a Yahoo Group on April 24th 2006 that a coming exposure was due in November 2006 in relation to the UK Sai Youth Group. Come November, Paul Lewis publishes a very poorly written article against Sathya Sai Baba about the UK Sai Youth Group. Coincidence? I think not.
This critic is now boasting how he and other ex-devotees were working with Lewis for the past 6 months! Needless to say, nowhere in the article does Lewis divulge the fact that he is advocating for critics and their negative agenda against Sathya Sai Baba. This bias is to be condemned.
Those opposing Sathya Sai Baba wage an unremitting smear campaign against him that accuses him of 'serial pedophilia' and the sexual abuse of "boys" and 'children'. These allegations are fallacious, unsustantiated and wholly untrue. There are no testimonies from 'boys', 'children' or parents of children that supports the erroneous claim that Sathya Sai Baba is a 'pedophile' who engaged in sexual interactions with children. To date, there are no court cases, police complaints, affidavits, public grievances or lawsuits from any parent alleging that Sathya Sai Baba sexually abused his/her child. Not even one single legitimate complaint.
Paul Lewis so poorly researched his article that he completely left out the recent developments regarding Alaya Rahm (the BBC "Secret Swami" prime witness) and his self-dismissed lawsuit against the Sathya Sai Baba Society. Alaya Rahm self-dismissed his lawsuit after a witness came forward who refuted all his claims. Needless to say, this information is publicly available on the internet for anyone possessing remedial google-searching skills.
I was also deeply disturbed by the fact that Paul Lewis inaccurately quoted the US State Dept. warning. He said...warning after reports of 'inappropriate sexual behaviour by a prominent local religious leader'... Lewis happened to leave out the crucial word 'unconfirmed'. The warning reads (not mentioning Baba by name): "... unconfirmed reports of inappropriate sexual behavior by a prominent local religious leader..." (Ref).
Lewis also claimed that Baba was 79 years old and he was inviting the UK Sai Youth Group for his 80th birthday celebrations. Baba is going to be 81 years old this year and he already celebrated his 80th birthday celebrations last year. Is this the poor type of journalism, bias and inaccurate research that The Guardian promotes and supports? A full response to Paul Lewis and The Guardian is provided below:
Paul Lewis' Hidden Bias In The Guardian UK Newspaper
I am also uncertain why you posted that picture of Baba with male devotees. None of those devotees have ever come forward alleging they were sexually abused, nor was that picture associated with Paul Lewis' article whatsoever.
P. Radhakrishnan: December 1, 2006 8:37:00 AM IST
Dear Equaliser, At the outset let me say that I am perplexed by your name. What are you equalising? Don't you think it is better to have your identity revealed?
As of Sai Baba, the article on him is only a bit of the information I have used. Did you go through my article carefully? There is reference to a longish piece already published.
Did you read Vir Sanghvi's write-up in The Hindustan Times?
As of the male-photograph used, it is for the readers to interpret. What would have been your reaction if I had used a photo of women?
Did you see the items on the side bar of the blog and the two subsequent blogs?
I think breast-beating does not help. How will you explain so many Sai Baba devotees turning against him over the years? Once you start defending a charlatan you will have a lot of explaining to do. I am glad you only said you feel disturbed, which is in some sense understandable.
Equalizer: December 2, 2006 1:48:00 AM IST
Dr. Radhakrishnan, this issue is not about my blog name. It is about your Anti-Sai position that you can only support with newspapers articles, which are inconclusive at best.
If you claim to be the great scholar and researcher you claim you are, you could have easily discovered that my full name is divulged on my website, which is connected to my blog identity.
Although I do not wish to make this a personal attack, I am once again amused at your poor researching abilities and lack of concern in regard to the allegations against Sathya Sai Baba. If you were thorough in your research, you would have known that I already responded to Vir Sanghvi's tabloid-like article (which was argued based on personal opinion, and not facts):
The Truth About Vir Sanghvi
Your Anti-Sai bias is evident. Although Sathya Sai Baba has never been charged with any crime, has never been convicted of any crime and has never had even one single complaint lodged against him (first-hand) by any alleged victim, you are taking a picture of Sathya Sai Baba with male devotees and are directly associating it with sexual abuse allegations. This proves that you have ulterior motives that are based on emotions and subjectivity, rather than objectivity. I think this shows whom is guilty of 'breast-beating'.
Please do utilize your great researching skills to make a factual case against Sai Baba. You won't get far. The allegations against Sathya Sai Baba are based on speculation, assumption and mental whimsy. All the alleged victims have not even tried to file a basic police complaint in India (as would be required of anyone making a public grievance against others). Nice to see you have jumped on the conspiracy-theory bandwagon.
So what was Radhakrishnan's next response? He responded by creating a new blog against Sathya Sai Baba (entitled "saisex") in which he used the same deceptive picture that he used on his former blog and promptly deleted the blog I posted my comments on!
Update: On December 11th 2006, I informed Radhakrishnan about this webpage and told him I was not willing to play his disappearing blog games anymore. On December 22nd 2006, Radhakrishnan emailed me back and said that he re-named the old blog "prk1.blogspot". Since it is tedious keeping up with Radhakrishnan's deleting and/or renaming of blogs, I won't update the list anymore. The fact remains that Professor Puthenveetil Radhakrishnan purposely uses pictures of Sathya Sai Baba standing among men and deceptively associates these pictures with allegations of sexual abuse. Such shameful hypocrisy, it is unbelievable.
People like P. Radhakrishnan use their professions and status to push their subjective, emotional and personal views against Sathya Sai Baba, instead of relying on objective facts. As stated many times before, the objective facts speak for themselves:
- Sathya Sai Baba has never been proven to be a "charlatan".
- Sathya Sai Baba has never been convicted of any crime.
- Sathya Sai Baba has never been charged with any crime.
- Sathya Sai Baba has never had even one single complaint lodged against him by any alleged victim, first-hand, in India. As a matter of fact, not even one alleged victim has even tried to file a basic police complaint or court case against Sathya Sai Baba in India (the only place where courts would have jurisdiction over Baba as an individual defendent).
These are the cold, hard facts and no rationalist, critic, skeptic or ex-devotee can provide a scintilla of verifiable evidence to the contrary.