Need for transparency in religious trusts

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  1. Vyom

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    The metronome-like regularity with which gold, silver, cash and other valuables are being unearthed from Prashanthi Nilayam should raise certain issues that warrant the attention of all right-thinking people. It may be that Shri Sathya Sai Baba was a spiritual guru of the Cabinet ministers, Supreme Court Judges, industrialists, senior civil servants and other rich and famous, and the masses alike, and held nearly god-like status in the psyches of many millions. Perhaps it was for this very reason that his followers showered him, his Trust or his Nilayam, with all that wealth to help him along his many philanthropic activities. Perhaps that is the reason the large cache of unaccounted wealth does not raise many eyebrows, and even the media - which has otherwise shown a heightened awareness towards fiscal irregularities of late - has exercised uncommon restraint in reporting these daily discoveries. No wonder there has been little critical analysis of this phenomenon in the media or in the government circles. However, there are many reasons why we must all be concerned.

    First and foremost, at least in law, Shri Sathya Sai Central Trust is a trust like any other - governed by the same rules, regulations, laws and by-laws of the land as any other Trust. There is no reason in law why the logic, rationale and reason that govern other Trusts - on why they should not receive unaccounted donations in cash or kind from anyone and everyone; why they should not accept such donations without the givers' PAN; why they are accorded tax-exempt status for receiving monies; why the use of the gifts received by them are governed under various dos and don'ts and a horde of other checks and balances governing their receipt and use of donations - should not apply to the Sathya Sai Trust.

    The same logic must also be applied to religious trusts, including those governing the loftiest of temples, churches, mosques and gurdwaras. Tirupathi and Padmanabhswamy temples may be the largest, but there are dozens of others that receive large contributions from public without any trail.

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  3. malluowl

    malluowl Regular Member

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    Transparency is welcome, but how many of these god men will allow it. And if there is transparency, can it be trusted and who will audit them?

    In my opinion, all religions in India should be audited. Why, because I am sick and tired of religious heads( HINDU, MUSLIM & CHRISTIAN) and God men & women amassing all this wealth and then using it as political leverage.
    Politicians in India are spineless to enforce any laws much less financial irregularities, so I do not see it happening unless too many of them create a mess, even then laws will be passed with too many loopholes.
     
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    The media is busy with other "important" issues right now, but hopefully sometime in the future when they have no hot issues, they might bring this up and initiate a debate that will bring about a law for maintaining transparency in religious trusts.

    Other than media, only groups of common citizens can come up and force the government to think about a law in this regard. But common people are not directly affected by this issue, so any chance of that is quite bleak.
     

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