6 Jun 2013

Breaking News -- Trustees send Police to arrest old woman who criticised Manoj Das Gupta

This morning while Abala (aged over 60 years) was peacefully eating her lunch upstairs in the Ashram Dining Room, the Ashram lawyer Nirmal Swain brought a policewoman to her. The policewoman asked, "Are you Abala?" When Abala confirmed her identity, the Policewoman said, "Come at once to the Police Station because Matriprasad has filed a complaint against you from the Trustees' Office!" Nirmal threatened, "Come at once otherwise we will take you by force and drag you out!"

Abala courageously said to them, "I will surely come, but now I am eating food, then I will rest, and then come at 3 pm."

In a threatening tone Nirmal said to her, "Come by 4pm otherwise we will come and arrest you from your house and throw you in jail where you will rot for the rest of your life!"

Abala then informed her friends in the Ashram. Two young men went to the Police Station and asked what kind of complaint has been registered. The policemen there at first evaded clear answers and then fnally said there is no complaint that they know of.

The nature of the complaint, its contents, or its suppression are still unknown. But a few years ago Abala is known to have openly criticized Manoj Das Gupta and blamed him for abusing Sri Aurobindo through Peter Heehs and his book.

Enquiries are on with senior officials. This is a developing story and we will keep you updated. Stay tuned!

The double standards of our corrupt Trustees lie exposed: when Sri Aurobindo is publicly abused, Manoj Das Gupta (Managing Trustee) advises all to do nothing and prefers to keep a "dignified silence"; Manoj Das (former Trustee and scholar) advises all to do nothing and let Mother take care of things while we must blindly obey the "superior wisdom" of the Trustees. But when the Trustees are criticised or feel that their absolute power is questioned by an old helpless woman, then they call the Police inside Ashram premises to arrest her and throw her in jail, and spend lakhs of Rupees to fight her in the Courts!

But why did the Trustees bring the Police into the Ashram Dining Room to arrest an old, helpless, "weak and sickly" woman (as Manoj Das has described Abala earlier) at the exact time when she is having her lunch? It appears that the Trustees wish to "create an example out of her" (words used by Dilip Datta when the Trustees filed cases against other helpless women over ten years ago). And the easiest way is to create an atmosphere of fear in the Ashram Dining Room, where all would see the Police dragging out a hungry old woman from her meal. To have arrested her at her house would not have the same dramatic effect and would not send the message of fear to the entire Ashram community as vividly!

It is also clear that the Police are wilful agents in the hands of these corrupt Trustees and they can be made to do their bidding in violation of all legal norms and due process of law.



  1. Comment by Sricharan Singh:

    When Manoj Das Gupta, the Managing Trustee of the Ashram, encourages, protects, finances and supports legally and morally Peter Heehs, an American Taxi driver who is at present an inmate of the Ashram, to denigrate the Mother and Sri Aurobindo through a book of about 500 pages and correct their works like Savitri and The Prayers and Meditations, what is the fault of Abala, a truly consecrated inmate of the Ashram to blame Manoj Das Gupta for his anti-Guru and anti-Ashram activities? While in the case of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo’s insult, M.D.G. advises the Ashramites to maintain dignified silence, why does he use Matriprasad and Nirmal, Manoj Das, Dilip Dutta and other sycophant Trustees to bring the police to the Ashram Dining Room during lunch time to arrest Abala, a helpless, weak and frail lady in order to protect his own prestige? The Mother had envisaged such activities of the Trustees long before and had said, “The Ashram no longer belong to me.” (Agenda, Vol. 13, p 188, May 19, 1972) When an ardent disciple showed this comment of the Mother to Nirodbaran, he promptly said, “Yes, the Ashram now belongs to two Manojs and one Dilip.” We can add that these two Manojs and one Dilip are ably assisted by Matriprasad and Nirmal Swain in all their nefarious activities by the Lord of Falsehood.

  2. Manoj Das Gupta has gone mad! He has to step down due to age,senile factors from the trust. The sooner the better!!

    A devotee.