Sathya Sai Baba Passes, Mortenson Hospitalized, Indian Woman to Try Out for WNBA

Hard to keep up with the plethora of news that does the daily rounds? Never fear, Divanee is here! Allow us to recap what you missed this past week in politics and global issues. This week the focus is on the passing of Hindu guru Sathya Sai Baba and Greg Mortenson’s hospitalization, as well as an Indian WNBA hopeful.

Sathya Sai Baba Passes Away

Sathya Sai Baba, revered Hindu guru. Image courtesy of indiatalkies.com.

The venerated Hindu guru, who had millions of followers worldwide, passed away Sunday in southern India at the age of 84. Prior to his death, Baba spent a month in the hospital receiving breathing support and dialysis. Known for his wild hair, Baba was said to perform miracles, conjuring jewelry and Rolexes at will. Scores across India and around the world mourn the death of a man they consider irreplaceable. Reports estimate that thousands will pay their respects to the departed guru before his funeral in Puttaparti on Wednesday. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi have already visited Baba. As yet, there is no named successor to his trust, which is reportedly worth $8.9 billion, used to set up spiritual centers as well as hospitals, schools and universities. (via Associated Press)

Greg Mortenson Hospitalized

Greg Mortenson in Central Asia. Image courtes of ikat.org.

“Three Cups of Tea” author Greg Mortenson was admitted Sunday for heart surgery to repair a hole in his heart. In the midst of allegations surrounding the purported misrepresentation of facts and abuse of funds for his first book, Mortenson canceled speaking events in Boston due to his hospitalization. Now, with a government investigation underway, it is possible that Mortenson may be responsible for repaying $23 million in taxes retroactively. (via The Telegraph)

First Indian Woman Gets a Shot at the WNBA

Geethu Anna Jose will try out for the WNBA this month. Image courtesy of Hoopistani.

Geethu Anna Jose will become the first Indian woman to try out for the WNBA this month. The 25-year-old, six-foot-two center will train with the Chicago Sky, LA Sparks and San Antonio Silver Stars. The Kerala native spent two years playing in Australia’s professional league and now looks to make the leap to the American basketball scene. “There is pressure and high expectations,” Jose told The Associated Press. “The Indian basketball community is excited, but then, it is also my dream and I am going to go out there and give it my best shot.” (via Associated Press)

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