Mar 4, 2015

The Colonial Native Vs The Hindu – by Vamadeva Shastri

A defeatist tendency exists in the psyche of modern Indians perhaps unparalleled in any other country today. An inner conflict bordering on a civil war rages in the minds of the country’s elite. The main effort of its cultural leaders appears to be to pull the country down or remake it in a foreign image, as if little Indian and certainly nothing Hindu was worthy of preserving or even reforming.
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Feb 26, 2015

Sri Aurobindo's Marriage (Part 2) -- by Raman Reddy (republished)

Heehs then concludes on the basis of this evidence that it was “the usual desire for gratification” that was presumably a factor in Sri Aurobindo’s decision to get married. Now is this scholarship or speculation? I thought historians base themselves on concrete evidence and not on what imaginary characters say in Vedantic commentaries. If the teacher in the commentary speaks as if he has had marital relations, does it prove that Sri Aurobindo went through the same experience in real life? Extend that argument to other authors in their respective fields and you can come to ridiculous conclusions. How many novelists would be accused of committing murder, robbery and rape just because they have convincingly described them in their crime thrillers! [extract]

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Feb 22, 2015

Evicted sisters observe token fast

The Hindu
Sunday, February 22, 2015

PUDUCHERRY: The sisters, who have been evicted from Sri Aurobindo Ashram-run premises, along with members of civil society organisations on Saturday observed a token fast in front of the BSNL office here demanding the Centre to direct the Puducherry government to take over the administration of the Ashram.
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Feb 21, 2015

Hunger Strike on Darshan Day

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Feb 18, 2015

AVOID GROUPISM – by Raman Reddy

[The following letter of Raman Reddy to the Golden Chain magazine (run by the alumni association of the Ashram School) was published in the August issue of 2005. We republish it here because of its relevance in the present context and the number of criticisms that have been raised on our blog against the stand taken by the Golden Chain Fraternity in the current crisis at Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Readers should be informed that Reddy dissociated himself from the magazine after the directors of the Golden Chain decided to become mere tools in the hands of the Ashram Trust instead of taking their own independent stand in the matter. So much for “the hero warriors” of “the great battle of the future” that they were supposed to become! – Bireshwar Choudhury]
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Feb 12, 2015

The Golden Chain Fraternity – Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust Nexus – by An Alumnus-Disciple

It is the self-regarding desire-driven leap of faith of alumni and Ashramites and would-be Ashramites that endorses SAAT’s administration as that of the Mother Herself. And in return for their defence of its assessments, policies and actions, SAAT certifies them as truly committed to the Mother and Her Ashram, hence its legitimate inmates or fit to be admitted as inmates, and admits their children to its SAICE. The criteria Sri Aurobindo and the Mother demanded for admission as sadhaks to Their Ashram have thus been clearly overridden. – Extract

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Feb 5, 2015

Sectarianism or Loyalty ─ by Nolini Kanto Gupta

MODERN culture demands that one should not be bound to one creed or dogma, swear by one principle or rule of life or be led blindly by one man. Truth, it is said, has many facets and the human being is also not a Cyclops, a one-eyed creature. To fix oneself to one mode of seeing and believing and even behaving is to be narrow, restricted, sectarian. One must be able to see many standpoints, appreciate views of variance with one's own, appraise the relativity of all standards. Not to be able to do so leads to obscurantism and fanaticism.
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Jan 29, 2015

Comment on "Who Represents the Ashram?" – by a Devotee and Disciple

If anyone has to be blamed for the possibility of a government intervention, it is the Trustees themselves. First, they behave with an absolute authority wherein no one has any right to question their decisions. Then they go about systematically diluting the work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by turning the Ashram into a free-for-all place where anybody who can please them can take all the benefits. By doing this and by constantly finding legal and police solutions, they have acted worse than government officials and attracted such forces into the temple of the Lord.
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Jan 27, 2015

Who Represents the Ashram? – The Hornet’s Sting

The other day, while having lunch in the Dining Room, someone asked me if I have done right in going against the Ashram. I was completely taken aback at such an absurd question. I answered back as to how one could ever think of going against our most revered Guru’s Ashraya [refuge] which He and the Mother have founded with so much pain and struggle against all possible odds. I always think of our Ashram to be the nucleus of a greater world. If anyone thinks that going against the present Trustees is equivalent to going against the Ashram, then he or she is mistaken one hundred percent.
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Jan 18, 2015

Centre for probe in Ashram case

Deccan Chronicle / Chennai, Saturday, 17 January 2015

SC urged to appoint retd judge for investigation

J. Venkatesan / DC
New Delhi, Jan. 16

The Centre on Friday urged the Supreme Court to order a fair probe by a retired high court judge into the allegations of sexual harassment of women and children in Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry.

The allegations, through a number of complaints by the inmates of the ashram and local MLA, include misappropriation of ashram funds, illegal sale and lease of ashram properties for personal gain by the managing trustees of Aurobindo Ashram Trust.

Attorney General Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, told a bench of the Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice A.K. Sikrit that the centre had filed its reply to the notice on a writ petition filed by Dr. Gayatri Satapathy and others seeking a probe into various allegations.

The petitioners alleged that the acts of omissions and commissions of the trustees of the ashram had resulted in sexual harassment of women who were associated with the trust either as inmates or otherwise; against minor inmates; medical negligence in providing hospital facilities; and denial of food, shelter, medical support and other basic facilities to the inmates.

They alleged that the Union of India and the Puducherry government, though had an obligation, had failed to intervene in the abysmal state of affairs in the ashram and the serious plight of the inmates. They wanted the Centre to frame an appropriate law to impart transparency and accountability into the administration of the ashram and till such time the law was enacted, to administer the affairs of the ashram.

They also sought a proper enquiry into the various allegations against the trustees.

The bench took on record the Centre’s reply and posted the matter for further hearing on January 27.
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Jan 16, 2015

Aurobindo ashram affairs should be probed: Centre

The Indian Express
 Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Posted: January 16, 2015 2:07 am

Accentuating the chances of a judicial probe into allegations of sexual harassment of women and children at the Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry, the Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it favoured an independent inquiry into the affairs of the ashram. The Ministry of Home Affairs, in its affidavit, has stated that the accusations of sexual harassment, mismanagement and irregularities at the ashram were serious enough to initiate an inquiry.
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Jan 13, 2015

NHRC Seeks ATR on Ashram Sisters

The New Indian Express
Chennai Tuesday 13 January 2015

Puducherry: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Chief Secretary of Puducherry to submit an ‘Action Taken Report’ within four weeks on the matter of the sisters being evicted from Aurobindo Ashram. The Law division of NHRC has sought the report. ENS.
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