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Tanya Datta And The Secret Swami

Posted on: October 10, 2009

Tanya Datta And The Secret Swami

Tanya Datta is a British-Asian journalist and writer living in the UK. Tanya Datta made her TV debut in 2004 when she investigated allegations against the revered Indian Guru and humanitarian Sathya Sai Baba in a BBC2 program entitled “Secret Swami”.

Tanya Datta wrote an article promoting the “Secret Swami” program in exclusive association with Basava Premanand (a known critic and defamer of Sathya Sai Baba since 1968) entitled “Sai Baba: God-Man or Con Man?”. Tanya Datta also holds Basava Premanand in such great esteem, she figured him prominently on her official domain (click screencap to enlarge):

Tanya Datta Official Website Prominently Figures Sai Baba Critic Basava Premanand

Tanya Datta’s Official Website Prominently Figures Sai Baba Critic Basava Premanand

Tanya Datta’s close association and work with Indian rationalists, skeptics and atheists (Refs: 0102030405) lends credence to the perception that Tanya Datta is biased against Gurus and her output about Sathya Sai Baba is similarly interpreted.

An Open Admission Of Bias About The “Secret Swami” Video:

Andries Krugers Dagneaux (former webmaster and “Main Representative, Supervisor and Contact” for the largest Anti-Sai Site on the internet, Reference) made several very disturbing claims that Michelle Goldberg (from, the Danish Radio (which produced the Seduced documentary), Tanya Datta (correspondent for the BBC in the production of the Secret Swami programme) and the BBC itself accepted, promoted the views of and were sympathetic with Ex-Devotees: Reference!

As a matter of fact, the IHEU (International Humanist and Ethical Union – An Atheist & Rationalist group) said the following about the “Secret Swami” Program:

“The documentary had considerable input from IHEU and some of its member organizations in India during production, and prominently features B Premanand and Professor Narendra Nayak, leaders of the IHEU member organization India CSICOP.” (Ref)

Suppressing Anti-Guru Bias In The “Secret Swami” Documentary:

Interesting enough, Khushwant Singh (an Indian Journalist consulted in the Secret Swami programme) stated in the GuruBusters video that he holds Anti-Guru and Rationalist views. Mr Singh said, “What you cannot prove by your reason, we reject…I reject God…I can only be wishful and say I hope that rationalism will thrive in this country as it has in some others.” For some mysterious reason, Mr Singh’s Anti-Guru and Rationalist views were not divulged in the Secret Swami programme.

Bill Aitken’s Opinion About The “Secret Swami” Program:

Not only has the repeatedly been accused of bias, Bill Aitken (an expert in comparative religion and a travel writer) said about their program against Sathya Sai Baba:

“The latest in these so called exposes is a BBC documentary whose agenda was so predetermined to denigrate Baba that it stooped to the unethical use of a spy camera. In a last farcical gesture, the producer hired some roadside entertainers to attempt to simulate Baba’s chamatkar. The result is so ludicrous that it leaves the viewer wondering as to who is funding this bizarre display of hostile reporting. The BBC is ultimately governed by the Anglican establishment, and churches in the west are losing out financially to the appeal of the Sai Baba movement. As a commercial broadcaster, the BBC’s opting for sleaze would have the dual advantage of discrediting a rival as well as getting good audience rating. The Church of England can have no objection to programmes that weaken perceived threats—like the papacy or Hindu holy men—to its (declining) influence in the world. Posing as a lion in Asia, the BBC is a mouse in Britain. It dare not criticise public icons like the Queen, who happens to be the supremo of the Anglican church.” (Reference)

Pertaining To “Secret Swami” Witness, Alaya Rahm

In “Response To Form Interrogatories” in Alaya Rahm’s self-dismissed lawsuit against the Sathya Sai Baba Society (Form Interrogatory No. 6.3, Set One) Alaya Rahm fully admitted that he had been a daily user of illegal street drugs and alcohol from 1995 – 2005. Consequently, during Alaya Rahm’s “Divine Downfall” and India Today Anti-Sai interviews and during the filming of the BBC Documentary “Secret Swami” and the “Seduced By Sai Baba” Danish Documentary, Alaya Rahm was under the influence of illegal street drugs and alcohol while relating his alleged sexual encounters with Sathya Sai Baba. This crucial information wholly undermines Alaya Rahm’s credibility and irreparably compromises the integrity of his claims. Needless to say, Alaya Rahm’s alcoholism and drug addiction have been purposely suppressed from the general public by Anti-Sai Activists, the Rahm Family and the media (Ref).

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