You probably don’t know who Sai Baba was. Well, rest consoled that most Indians have no notion who Billy Graham or Jerry Falwell were, either.
But Sai Baba was a force in India, and his passing this morning leaves the nation in considerable shock. His spiritual “school” was economically powerful and well-connected within the Indian political world.
Nation mourns Sai Baba’s death, Manmohan Singh calls him iconic figure
Published: Sunday, Apr 24, 2011, 19:44 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
… Governors, film personalties and top sports figures also hailed Sai Baba, saying he was an inspiration for many.
Expressing “deep and profound sadness” over Baba’s death, the prime minister said he was a spiritual leader who inspired millions to lead a moral and meaningful life even as they followed the religion of their choice….