Professor Baba Booster
File under: Hands Where They Don't Belong and Hagiographic Circus
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded University of California, Davis, associate anthropology professor Smriti Srinivas a
Although he lives a modest lifestyle, Satya Sai Baba has managed to become a religious guru for over 10 million devotees worldwide, according to Smriti Srinivas, associate professor in anthropology.We're inclined to question Ms. Srinivas' objectivity, as the California Aggie article makes no mention of any of the substantial controversy surrounding the Baba.
Sai Baba has attracted followers from various social and religious backgrounds, a movement Srinivas said to be a "transnational phenomenon."
After 10 years of research and field work in India, Kenya and the United States, Srinivas said she is ready to finish her book on this religious guru and his global influence.
Besides finishing her book on the international Sai Baba movement, Srinivas is currently doing field study for her next book on the Sai Baba movement, specifically in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
We never have to worry about our own objectivity, though. It just doesn't exist in these matters. Sort of like Fox News, we suppose.