Timothy Conway said the following about Basava Premanand (an Atheist, Rationalist and Skeptic who publishes the Indian Skeptic tabloid):
Timothy Conway: “Though I disagree strongly with his atheist philosophy and rationalist-skeptic approach, the Indian former SSB devotee (1968-74) turned India’s most notorious ‘guru-buster,’ Basava Premanand, a decades-long critic of Sathya Sai in his periodical Indian Skeptic, also deserves acknowledgment here as one taking a firm and enduring stand for accountability and justice, not just in the case of SSB but with other problematic figures as well. (On the case against SSB, see Premanand’s bulky books, including Murders in Sai Baba’s Bed Room, 2004, and, most recently, Failed Sabotage by SSB through Gerald Moreno, 2007, etc., published by the author at 11/7, Chettipalayam Rd., Podanur 641 023, Tamil Nadu, India)”
First and foremost, Basava Premanand was never a Sai Devotee as erroneously claimed by PhD Timothy Conway. Click Here to view screen captures to SaiPetition.net, Robert Priddy’s Ex-Office Bearers Page and the BBC text to the Secret Swami Documentary. Basava Premanand personally made a submission to SaiPetition.net (which was subsequently replicated on Robert Priddy’s Ex-Office Bearers Page) stating that he was a follower of Sri Sathya Sai Baba from 1968 to 1974 and was the “best worker in the SSB Org., Podanur”. However, in the Secret Swami Documentary, Basava Premanand claimed he was never a follower of Sathya Sai Baba and had been trying to investigate the Guru since 1968 itself. Premanand joined the Sai Organization in an attempt to infiltrate it and expose Sai Baba.
In both the GuruBusters Documentary and the The Independent Article Premanand was said to have been exposing Gurus for nearly 50 years (since the age of 21-22). This means that in 1968 (at the age of 38, or 16 years after he was a rationalist) Premanand was not a follower of Sathya Sai Baba when he joined the Sai Organization in Podanur. Premanand lied about being a Sai Devotee (just as he lied about Moreno being sexually abused by Sai Baba, lied about an anonymous letter alleging sexual abuse being written by a Sai Student, among numerous other blatant untruths).
One will also notice how the moralist PhD Timothy Conway cited Premanand’s book against Moreno on his “biggest and best website on spirituality”. Don’t expect Timothy Conway to divulge the fact that Basava Premanand shamelessly libeled Moreno in that book and that it contains numerous unsubstantiated defamations mostly from Robert Priddy (with citations to Brian Steel, Conny Larsson, Sanjay Dadlani and Alan Kazlev). Moreno discussed this issue in his article entitled Is Basava Premanand Senile, Confused, A Liar Or All Of The Above? and on his Indian Skeptic Page.
This is the type of sleaze, slime and defamatory material that PhD Timothy Conway cites against his detractors. PhD Timothy Conway is a pseudo-moralist and pseudo-spiritualist who must reference sleaze, slime and defamatory material because there is absolutely no verifiable, credible and reliable information to support any of the criminal allegations made against Sathya Sai Baba. The fact that no one has even tried to file a basic police complaint or court case against Sathya Sai Baba in India is proof enough that the allegations against him lack substance and credibility. Neither Sathya Sai Baba nor the Sai Organization have ever been charged with any crime, sexual or otherwise (Refs: 01 - 02).
The burden of proof is on those making the allegations against Sathya Sai Baba. Those making the allegations (including Timothy Conway) have miserably failed to make any leeway against Sathya Sai Baba in a court of law in India despite their loud protests and cry-baby whining to the contrary.
Furthermore, Timothy Conway’s reference to Basava Premanand has amusing repercussions against him, his beliefs and his advocacy of Gurus, Enlightened Masters, Mystics, Hinduism and Eastern Philosophies because Basava Premanand believes that people who believe in these things are Guru promoters, blind believers, cult advocates and superstitionists with weak intellects!
Nice scholarly referencing, PhD Timothy Conway!