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By: Sundara Krishnaswami
June 03, 2007
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(The author is vice-president in an international management consulting
company and is an avid student of Sanatana Dharma.)
This is a comment on the article by Dr. Gopal Alankar:
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I was present at the January 21, 2007 meeting that Dr. Gopal Alankar is
referring to. The point that Sri Sathya Sai Baba made was plain and
simple, - that we must live united among ourselves.
The "U" word (Unity) sounds strange and almost threatening to us nowadays.
Politicians do not manipulate democracy as Dr.Alankar says but rather they
use the democratic system and manipulate the receipt of votes to stay in
power. One clear approach in "unison" that all politicians seem to employ,
in this manipulating process, is to divide the people on the basis of
petty, artificially created entities, instill and nourish base emotions
among people, promote mistrust in society and turn fine, innocent,
gullible human beings into believing they are worthless. The divisive
approach that politicians are employing is harming everyone but
themselves, and helping no one but themselves. Every ordinary human
being"s happiness and welfare is sacrificed to keep a few politicians in
power and wealth. If dividing people and society to achieve one"s selfish
end, regardless of what happens to ordinary man"s happiness and welfare,
is not sinful, then what is?
Sri Sathya Sai Baba called this as "maha papam" - because that is what it
is, a great sin! Someone needs to speak up for societal unity and harmony
- someone with distilled moral courage and a real care for the welfare of
the people. No politician is campaigning on the basis of unity; no
journalist - freelance writers such as Dr. Alankar included - is making an
issue of the lack of unity in the society and the politicians" approach of
"divide and rule". May be Dr. Alankar, who "is retired and enjoys writing
about societal issues", should consider educating the people and
politicians , through his writings, on the exalted adminsitrative systems
and practices employed by the likes of Parikshit, Rama and Dasaratha and
other great kings and rulers from our past.
The fact that millions of people visit Sri Sathya Sai Baba and the fact
this includes politicians from India and around the world is not a
sinister thing. It is said in the Mahabharatha that Dhuryodhana could not
find a single good person in the world and Yudhishtra could not find a
single bad person in the world! The one world appeared radically different
to them! The world reflects what you are. It is perfectly alright if Dr.
Alankar doesn"t like Sri Sathya Sai Baba. But he should be honest in what
he writes. He should not portray his personal dislikes as journalistic
Why am I saying this? Because the facts tell a different story than what
Dr. Alankar says. It is a well-demonstrated scientific fact in the medical
field that cure results only where there is faith. You"ll never go to a
doctor you don"t have faith in, for example. You believe "crocin" will
cure your headahce - so you take it. etc. In the same way, Sri Sathya Sai
Baba cures the people who go to Him with full faith. For people who are
ailing and who have faith in the "allopathic" medicinial system, He has
built the hospitals. By the way, here is an important fact Dr. Alankar
omitted to mention. These hospitals, that Dr. Alankar disparagingly
dismisses, have provided medical care for more than 5 million people so
far, about half of them earning less than Rs 10,000 per year and about 85
% earning less than Rs 30,000 per year; more than 120,000 people have been
given super-specialty surgical care - all these at absolutely no cost to
the patient. The caring atmosphere that pervades these hospitals is
something to be personally seen to be believed. I have travelled
extensively around the world and I"m quite familiar with the advanced
medical care provided in developed countries. I can categorically state
that there is no other place on earth where such an exemplary quality
medical care is available to the needy, absolutely free of cost, in an
environemnt of love and unity among people (doctors, nurses, volunteers,
staff and others). In fact, this sytem is an exemplary solution to the
medical care malaise prevalent in the world!
If Dr. Alankar really wanted to make a case for a separate Telengana, then
he should have done so. If he believes "divide and rule" is where it is
at, then he should stste that and also tell the reader why he says that -
not based on some personal likes and dislkes but on the basis of what is
enduringly good for the society. He should say how a divisive society is
not a "maha papam".
I would urge Dr. Gopal Alankar to refrain from writing such scandalous,
worthless pieces in the future. He has a readable writing style however
and I respectfully request him to consider if his future pieces are in
consonance with his conscience before he hits the "send" button on the
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