29 Jan 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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27 Jan 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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18 Jan 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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16 Jan 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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13 Jan 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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11 Jan 2015

Indian Americans & Indian Grand Narrative - Rajiv Malhotra Lecture

The above video has to be understood in the larger context of the attacks on Hinduism and Indian culture by a small but influential group of Western scholars helped by Indian turncoats. Peter Heehs's so-called scholarship represents only a small segment of this larger phenomena, which has overtaken all the disciples of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother by surprise. It does not pay anymore to be ignorant about what is happening in the rest of the world, especially in America.
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10 Jan 2015

70 Arrested for Bid to Picket Ashram

The New India Express
By Express News Service
Published: 10th January 2015 06:03 AM 

An activist, trying to jump the barricade; and (right) activists staging a protest march in front of ashram on Friday | k ramesh 

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8 Jan 2015

VCK for judicial probe into ashram ‘irregularities’

 The Hindu

PUDUCHERRY, January 8, 2015 

Cadres of the VCK on Wednesday staged a protest here urging the government to order a judicial inquiry into the allegations of sexual harassment and other irregularities at the Aurobindo Ashram.

CPI’s Puducherry unit secretary R. Viswanathan and CPI (M) secretary R. Rajangam also participated in the agitation.

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5 Jan 2015

Organisations to Picket Ashram

The New Indian Express
Chennai, Monday,  5 January 2015

Puducherry: Different organisations will picket the Sri Aurobindo Ashram here on January 7, demanding the intervention of the Central and State Governments to institute a probe by a retired High Court Judge into the alleged harassment and recent deaths of women inmates following their eviction from the ashram.  ENS
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1 Jan 2015

News Excerpts on Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry

The New Indian Express
Chennai, Thursday, 1 January 2015 

Fury on Ashram Alive As 3 House Targeted
Puducherry: The attack on Sri Aurobindo Ashram continues unabated ever since the two Ashram sisters who were evicted on December 18 committed suicide, with three guest houses – Oriya Nilayam, New Sweet Home and Orissa House – being stoned last night.

The Attackers came on a motorcyle at midnight and fled after stoning, said a security staff of one of the guest houses. The Oriya Nilayam guesthouse has been attacked three times resulting in damaged window panes. (excerpt)

The Hindu
Puducherry, January 1, 2015

Asked about the recent protests against Sri Aurobindo Ashram, he [Mr Visweswaran, Puducherry BJP MLA] said that the Ashram should be put in order and its administration should be transparent. He hoped that the centre would take necessary steps in this regard. (excerpt)
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