THE DESPOT IDI AMIN - THE MYTH OF SAI BABA'S INFLUENCE OVER HIM
Rumours about Sai Baba's intervention to delay expulsion of asians from Uganda rebutted. Plus a television interview on NRK (Norwegian National Broadcasting) made on the occasion of the release of the film about Amin, played by with Forest Whitaker
CLICK HERE FOR BRIEF VIDEO CLIP WHERE IDI AMIN TELL HOW HE KILLS PEOPLE ON GOD'S ORDERS
In a discourse he held on Christmas Day (25/12/2006)
Sathya Sai Baba recounted his visit to East Africa - including Uganda - in 1968. During this he spoke most affirmatively about the brutal despot
and Dictator Idi Amin (and this on Christmas Day of all days of the year!). Idi
Amin was a self-admitted murderer who had at least five wives
and 23 children (plus hundreds of 'lady friends'), who fed enemies to
crocodiles, reportedly kept some of his victims in his deep freezer,
and - according to persistent reports of his staff who escaped - even
tasted human flesh! SEE excerpt from the said discourse on official site here, and also the hilarious official report on it!
The myth about Amin in the Sai movement, told me many times when I was
the national leader for Norway in the Sathya Sai Organisation for close
on 18 years, was that Sai Baba had gone to stay with a Mr. Patel and
not least so he could meet Idi Amin and tell him to postpone the extradition
of asians (mostly Indians) from Uganda for one year. It was said that
those few Indians who were devoted heeded Sai Baba's alleged warning
to them and supposedly left without losing their possessions, others
left later and lost most or all they had. However, this does not fit
with the dates or any know facts at all. There is no reliable testimony
to support the story
nor could I get any sensible, consistent
answers from some Indians who were Sai followers whom I met in London
in the 1980s who had fled Uganda.
Some other reliable Amin quotations:
"On 4 August 1972, Amin gave Uganda's 50,000 asians (mostly Indians of Gujarati origin) 90 days to leave the country, following an alleged dream in which, he claimed, God told him to expel them." (Wikipedia)
"In 1972, he expelled virtually the entire Asian population, including about 50,000 Indians, saying he had been ordered by god to do so in a dream. He also usurped the business and wealth of the Indians, many of whom were traders, leading to the country's economic collapse." (The Hindu)
Idi Amin A Gentleman?
Reporting on Sathya Sai Baba's - so-called 'Christmas discourse' of December, 2006, Dr G. Venkataraman, second-in-command of his worldwide organisation, refers to one of the world's most gruesome men, the heartless African dictator, as "Mr Idi Amin".
At this URL, Dr G. Venkataraman speaks of how thrilling was Sai Baba's account in this 'Christmas' 2006 discourse of his 1968 visit to Uganda! But oh, what an inspiring figure was Idi Amin to refer to in a Christmas message! In case G. Venkataraman or anyone badly informed of Idi Amin's evil deeds and regime, here and here are BBC reports at the time of his death in August 2003 and a list of resources.
This strange Sai Baba 'Christmas'! discourse can be found here. In it, Sai Baba speaks as though the meeting with Idi Amin, one of the world's worst dictators, torturers and murderers, was a moving, warm and delightful event. Sai Baba has said that, in his own lifetime, he will clean up his "own backyard" (India). Unfit and pathetically doddering (though he promised he would never after 60), he has abjectly failed to do that, just as he certainly didn't clean up Idi Amin or Amin's Uganda in which this monster - for all his weeping devotion to Sai Baba - slaughtered an estimated 400, 000 people.
Happy to refer to the raping, cannibalistic Idi Amin as 'Mr', G. Venkataraman is also happy, elsewhere, to label Sai Baba dissenters as akin to the demon in the Krishna story called Jarasanda. He adds: "it was finally left to the hefty Pandava Bhima, to tear Jarasanda to pieces, literally". Indeed, should former devotees prefer to be left to a tearing-to-pieces by the likes of Idi Amin, who delighted in feeding enemies to crocodiles, or of G. Venkataraman with his gleeful wish-list for the fate of those who question his 'God'.
A most warm appreciation of the monster, Idi Amin - by Sathya Sai Baba, Xmas Day
The despot Idi Amin - the myth of Sathya Sai Baba's influence over him
The last King of Scotland - God's orders and Sai Baba The Spirit of Christmas
Sathya Sai Baba and dictator Idi Amin plus Dr. G. Venkataraman
Dr. G. Venkataraman, propagandist in the limelight
The following account shows what kind
of person Sathya Sai visited and makes so much of...
Trevor Grundy of the Daily Telegraph wrote: http://ismaili.net/timeline/2002/20020802dt.html
During the early hours of Saturday August 5, 1972, General Idi Amin, Life President of Uganda, Conqueror of the British Empire and the Last King of Scotland, had a dream. Still in his pyjamas, the
six-foot three-inch former British Army sergeant called some of his senior military advisers into the State House in Kampala and told them that God had ordered him to expel the Indian/Asian community. That morning in Nairobi, I and other editors of the tabloid newspaper The Nation read the first news agency reports describing how The Almighty had also ordered Amin to take over Asian-owned hotels, mills, breweries, sugar refineries and cotton factories.
In Amin's dream, God told the general to nationalise all of the houses and flats owned by Uganda's 80,000-strong Indian community, made up of Hindis, Muslims and members of the Aga Khan's small but wealthy sect, the Ismailis. The Ugandan Life President gave non-citizens just 90 days to leave the country.
That same day, 18 leaders of the Indian community - wealthy, usually optimistic men - were summoned into Amin's awe-inspiring presence. They shook their heads in disbelief when they heard what he had to say. They had all "milked the Ugandan cow without feeding it", and had ripped off the economy by sending millions of Ugandan shillings to relatives in Britain. They should make plans to get all the members of their universally detested community out of the country by November 9. "If you don't go by then," Amin told them, "I will make you feel as if you are sitting on fire."
In Nairobi, the mood among Kenya's much larger and even more powerful Indian community was of good-humoured incredulity. Weren't Ugandan asians Idi Amin's best friends? He had said so dozens of times since overthrowing the quasi-Marxist President Milton Obote the year before. In January 1971, Ugandan asians had joined hands with blacks and whites and danced in the streets of Kampala when they heard that the "Redeemer" Amin had ended the corrupt and always menacing rule of Obote.
The day after Amin's thunderbolt announcement,
I joined a close Ismaili friend, who worked as an accountant at
The Nation, a paper owned by the Aga Khan, for a family picnic. Mansoor
told me that Idi Amin was so erratic, he would probably retract his
expulsion order within a few days. "He has probably had a row with
the British High Commissioner, Richard Slater," he suggested. "He
was probably rejected by some Indian beauty and wants his own back,"
said Mansoor's wife, as we laughed and enjoyed our picnic.
"I consider myself the
most powerful individual in the world" Idi Amin
Footnote:Trying to escape the facts, without success The pro-Sai libelers CO2000 (Lisa de Witt of Arizona) and the untrustworthy 'Joe108' who is Gerald Moreno of Las Cruces, New Mexico, have tried to avoid the key facts and the above issues by making a big thing out of the composite nature of the image wherever they can, calling it a 'false picture' etc. - but in fact it is an excellent figurative representation of the actual situation. They also ignored the blog where the image was shown with the caption THIS [MANIPULATED] IMAGE INDICATES THE ACTUAL RELATIONSHIP (see here). The impostor Gerald Moreno, who actually writes under the name of sathyasaibaba on his wordpress blog, himself manipulates images (here is his most vulgar masterpiece where he hides behind the names Equalizer and Premaperme) http://sanjaydadlaniexposed.blogspot.com/2005/12/dadlani-likes-merged-images-me-too.html and distorting people's faces! With their agenda of total denial of every single fact they wish to avoid, the mendacious pair rely almost entirely on tendentious side-issues, baseless slurs, and untrue claims as the backbone of their obsessive denial agenda.