Thousands Throng Hadshi To See Sai Baba

Thousands Throng Hadshi To See Sai Baba
TNN 31 October 2009, 06:25am IST

PUNE: Thousands of people thronged the village of Hadshi, about 60 km from here, on Friday for a darshan of spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who has been in the village for the last three days.

The spiritual leader’s appearance on the stage near the village led to loud shouts of ‘Sai Ram’.

Chief minister Ashok Chavan’s wife Amita Chavan and former Union minister Shivraj Patil were among the politicians and eminent personalities who have come to the little village on Friday to visit Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

During the three-day discourse, other politicians, including ministers Patangrao Kadam, Harshvardhan Patil and Dilip Deshmukh also sought darshan.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba is expected to leave for Mumbai on October 31.

On Friday, people began gathering at the venue hours before the actual programme started, wherein child stars of a reality show performed a few devotional songs. There were also a number of foreigners among the crowd, who clapped and hummed bhajans along with others.

For Yamuna Deodhar, a resident of Mahad, the trip from her town about 100 km away was one she would always remember simply because she got what she wanted. “A darshan of Swamiji was something I had never expected to take place, so this is definitely a dream come true,” she said.

For Mukund Mule, a financial consultant from Sangamner, it was the social work of Sathya Sai Baba that inspired him to become his devotee. “He and his followers are working for the betterment of the society and the deprived class. I respect that,” he said.

Echoing the same sentiments Sunil Ahire said that he has come for the spiritual discourse after hearing about the work carried out by Sathya Sai Baba’s various organisations. “I have come to this spiritual discourse for the first time. I wanted to listen to the thoughts of Baba and this was a good opportunity for me since the programme is taking place very close to my village,” said Ahire, a resident of Paud village.

Some politicians had come along with their families and were staying near the venue for the last three days. “I had heard his spiritual discourse in the late eighties for the first time. Since then I have been following Baba’s discourses for more than 20 years. I regularly visit his ashram in Puttaparthi,” said Dayanand Londhe, sarpanch of Malad, Baramati, and a former member of zilla parishad.

Times Of India Reference

Create Separate Force To Fight Terrorism: Shivraj Patil

Shivraj Patil Visits Sathya Sai Baba

Shivraj Patil Visits Sathya Sai Baba

Create Separate Force To Fight Terrorism: Shivraj Patil
By Kestur Vasuki

Bangalore, Oct 5: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has asked the Karnataka Government to set up a new force on the lines of Indo-Tibetan border force for costal region to fight terrorism in the State.

Addressing a late night press conference in Bangalore on Saturday, after reviewing the law and order situation, the Union Home Minister said the centre would extend all possible assistance to the State.

Patil was in Bangalore to review the law and order situation and earlier in the day he had gone to Puttaparti to take the blessings of the Sathya Sai Baba.

He also held two-hour discussion with the State Home Minister, Dr. V.S. Acharya, and Governor Rameshwar Thakur.


Shivraj Patil, Not Pranab, Presidential Frontrunner

Patil, Not Pranab, Prez Frontrunner
Javed M Ansari

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil emerged as Congress’s candidate for the Presidential polls after the party confirmed that the government cannot spare External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) at its meeting on Monday had authorised party chief Sonia Gandhi to choose the party’s candidate for the Presidential elections scheduled for July.

The issue was discussed on Tuesday evening at the meeting of the core group of the party comprising the Congress president, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee, and Ahmad Patel.

A formal decision, however, will only be taken after a final round of discussion with all the allies and the Left parties. Pranab Mukherjee initially appeared to be the obvious choice and even had the backing of all the allies and supporting parties. But he appears to have lost out because of his indispensability to the government.

The other names that were under discussions were that of Motilal Vora, Arjun Singh and Karan Singh. Though Patil has emerged as the front runner, the Left parties and the DMK are said to have certain reservations about his candidature. The Left parties believe that he has not really distinguished himself in his stint as the Home Minister. In fact, there are many within the Congress party who also share the view, and many Congressmen are worried about his chances against Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.

By all indications, the Vice President is a formidable candidate and has friends in almost all the political parties. The fear is that if the UPA puts up a weak candidate it might lead to cross voting in Shekhawat’s favour.

Meanwhile, Patil himself is giving little away. A well-known Sai Baba follower, some time back the Home Minister flew down to Puttaparthi to seek the godman’s blessings, besides visiting the famous Balaji Mandir at Tirupathi, last month.