Was deeply devoted to Sai Baba - who is arguably the most powerful Indian guru in history - for 25 years. At his behest, and as an unpaid service, taught all three years intake in the Humanities degree course at the Sathya Sai College at Whitefield, via Bangalore, South India for most of 1977-1978. Spent a number of very happy years in India, a wonderful culture, which can thrive in the future if only the corrupt leaderships can be overcome, and provided she does not succumb to the hollow materialistic dazzle of Westernization. In October 1999, read the accounts of Terry Gallagher, first head of Australian Sathya Sai Organization and others. These spoke of Sai Baba having sex with boys and young men, and of other disturbing anomalies. Made extensive investigations globally, finding much corroboration from families and individual survivors themselves - many of whom did not know each other. There was no doubting their excellent standing in their professions, trades and wider communities. The accounts were heartrending. They were typical of many decent, law abiding and caring seekers, from various cultures who have sought spiritual guidance from Sai Baba or other teachers. There was, of course, a major social trend of Westerners seeking out Eastern teachers, escalating from the sixties onwards. Became towards end of 1999 member of an international network of former Sai Baba followers, which included a broad cross-section of educational and cultural backgrounds. Among this number were some outstanding mental health professionals familiar with the various cases, and we campaigned - even as others, mainly in the USA, had attempted a little before us, to get the allegations out into the open as much as possible, although strongly safeguarding the details of the vast majority who wished their harrowing accounts not to be made public - or in some cases not unless there were bona fide court or governmental or institutional investigations. Glen Meloy, of southern California, USA, who had been a follower of Sai Baba for 26 years and who died in 2005, and I worked closely on many initiatives, as have more recently Robert Priddy, former head of the Sathya Sai Organization, Norway, and I. It is unfortunate that many of these activities have often to be conducted on a need-to-know basis, but the extreme sensitivity of the issues, including (especially in India) the physical or mental safety of survivors and their families, enforce this. Many in the Sathya Sai Organization are decent and good, and for many years, before some of us became aware of the leaders’ dereliction of duty of care, and of accountability and transparency, among them were our dearest and closest friends and colleagues. Losing them was not the least of the shocks. However, there are some among the leadership in the Sathya Sai Organization who are engaged in extreme cover-up, and who have proven unaccountable to the media, the public and to their own rank and file. Hence the BBC’s term, The Secret Swami. The SSO is very wealthy, influential and powerful, with an exchequer rated in the billions, and has become ever more of an authoritarian cult over the years. Former devotee activists have often displayed a great willingness to verify and to share information with well-reputed bona fide investigators from media, government, civic and academic institutions, and so on.