Mr. Carel Theime, the Dutch man, who put up strong defence on the side of his institution before BBC, had brought out in Auroville Today [ June-July 2008] a reply to the allegations in the BBC story. BBC was neutral. It gave the otherside chance to be heard. That is what journalism is all about. Dr.Karan Singh when contacted by personal as well as official email or through telephone, by the journalist did not respond, hence in last minute, this Dutchman was assigned the task to defend foreigners before BBC. Let me quote what he wrote about me without my comments to leave it to public to evaluate its content:
Another ambiguous witness is Mr. Nandhivarman, the ‘local politician' from Pondicherry , who is most probably the person who made the ludicrous statement, mentioned in Ms. Wright's first email, that “because of Auroville, Pondicherry is becoming the brothel of South India ”. Mr. Nandhivarman hosts many websites. A posting on one of them, dated April 9, 2008, is called “My fight against Auroville soon in Televisions Options.” In it, he refers to Sri Aurobindo as ‘a failed godman' and to The Mother as ‘a Frenchwoman … who found the key to death but is now dead – perhaps she had lost that key.'
Auroville doesn't escape his ire either. “There exists a so-called international city, a dream of the Late Mira Richard, known as Mother of Aurobindo Ashram. That can be said to be the story of deceit. Right from the beginning their aim is to establish a Vatican type of autonomous state.” Nandhivarman continues to lambast Auroville for its lack of leadership and aspiration for Divine anarchy, which he sees as an attempt at creating a lawless society which is against the laws of the land. His website shows many similar curious statements, which makes one question his rationality.
But Ms. Wright doesn't seem to have been subject to such questioning. Many of the statements she makes in the video can be traced back to this particular website. The words ‘ Vatican status', which appeared in the transcript (though edited out in the video); the insolent reference to The Mother; the reference to Divine Anarchy – it's all there. In another attempt to tarnish the image of Auroville she talks in the video about new people being ‘inducted' to Auroville. In the original transcript, the word used was ‘initiation' – it was corrected by Auroville into ‘probationary period' but deliberately not used, to create the impression, as one of Auroville's supporters wrote, that “Viewers who do not know Auroville, upon watching the documentary, may be led to think ‘Ah, here again is one of those weird sects, deluded by some ideal or the other, but only living in dissolution and perversion'.”
The Honourable Dutch man who finds fault with me describing French woman as French, thundered before the BBC, that there has been ONLY ONE CASE of PEADOPHILE not handed over to police but sent out. He refers to Mr. Didier Kieme, because he was nabbed later. But anyone who heard him shout in anger through BBC telecast can recall his total denial of ANY OTHER CASE. But in his own words, what he writes in Auroville Today, he admits about three cases. Let me quote his own words:
As can be expected, local authorities visited Auroville soon after the broadcast. High-level officers of the police and Immigration Office were concerned, for if Auroville was indeed a place where paedophiles could indulge in criminal behaviour, how was it that they were unaware of it?
The Working Committee informed the Foreign Regional Registration Officer about the cases Auroville had been dealing with in the last 15 years: 3 Aurovilians had been asked to leave on the basis of suspected (but never proven) paedophile involvement; one Newcomer was found guilty and had his probationary status ended and the authorities were informed; one guest was found guilty, sent out, and the local authorities were informed; and the attention of the police had been drawn to two persons who were roaming the area and had been bothering minors. Auroville explained that a large number of guesthouses and home stays have come up around Auroville – the Repos community on the beach alone is surrounded by 163 (!) small guesthouses – and that Auroville cannot be held responsible for what happens there.
The question ‘why' Ms. Wright decided to relate child abuse to Auroville remains as yet unanswered. Child abuse, according to a report in the daily newspaper The Hindu, of December 26, 2007, is rampant in Chennai. According to a survey conducted in 2007 by the Tulir Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse, more than 40 per cent of the children in Chennai from all social strata report various forms of sexual abuse. Rumour has it that paedophilia also thrives in the tourist town of Mahabalipuram . Why did she concentrate on Auroville?
“I think she was out for a scoop,” says Mauna. “Child abuse is a problem found everywhere in the world, including India . Ms. Wright tried to connect it to Auroville to show we allow it to happen and do not act against it; and in the process to denigrate Auroville's ideals and good name. She dismisses The Mother as ‘a French woman'; she falsely states in the transcript that Auroville strives for Vatican status; she lies that Aurovilians don't pay tax; she misinforms that Auroville has no money, no rules and no leaders; and she portrays Aurovilians as arrogant Westerners who repress the poor local population and take undue advantage of them which is another falsity – for only 60% of Auroville's population are foreigners. And if she would have compared the lives of people who have been associated with Auroville since the beginning with those of people outside our geographical area, she would have found how much Auroville has done for the surrounding villages.”
By his own words, Carel Theime lets the cat out of the bag.He admits three incidents while he had boldly told lie before BBC, that apart from only one incident, no other case was there.But now he admits having sent out three. The charge all along is if there is strong suspicion about child abuse, why Auroville Foundation fails to report to the Police. After all as the Dutchman Carel Theime claims before BBC, that the Foundation is headed by a Joint Secretary level I.A.S officer is the Secretary. Why that Secretary is sidelined even in BBC interview. When Chairman Dr.Karan Singh backed out to defend, if that is true, the Secretary must have faced the camera to defend the organization he looks after and is responsible to Indian Parliament. Wherefrom a Dutchman, who is in lowest rank in hierarchy, comes to defend crimes committed by foreigners. Our charge is that Secretary's wings are clipped. They are made puppets in the hands of the extra-national influences that rule the roost.Mr.Carel Theime, who admits THREE INCIDENTS and who ADMITS that they were sent out with honour, also talks about Chennai, Mahabalipuram and the 163 guest houses in near vicinity of Auroville where peadophilia crimes do occur, over which he has no control.
The first ever media expose by Tamil investigative journal Nakkeeran by its sub editor Mr.Prakash, who stayed in my house for few days, tracking the peadophile \triangle of Chennai, Puducherry and Goa, and subsequent media exposures cannot give exemption to Auroville.Like cross border terrorism, Auroville and Puducherry are just 10 kilometers away, the visitors or guests or anyone who comes to Auroville or one who are residents, can come to Puducherry and commit crimes and go back. Even these 3, actually the number is more, as time passes same Mr.Carel Theime will admit, he needs time to refresh his memory, after being sent out from Auroville stay in Puducherry.
The girls of erstwhile USSR states frequent India, visit Delhi and reach Chennai and Mahabalipuram, apart from Auroville. If a verification is made on the passports of these Russian woman, sorry my communist friends, I have great regard for USSR and October Revolution, but I cannot avoid mentioning their nationality, since I had called Mr.Carel Theime, a Dutch as Dutch which in no way is derogatory, the purpose of their frequent visits could be unearthed. Our fight is against Puducherry, Chennai or Mahabalipuram or Auroville should become another Hongkong or Thailand. There many trusts run by foreigners, which needs a probem. Mr.Carel Theime who talks only about BBC, is silent on the charges made against the functioning of the so-called trusts under Auroville Foundation. Their own reports suggest all is not well within Auroville. Hence we demand all trusts be wound up and brought under Auroville Foundation, as departments. An Indian citizens making such a demand to Indian Government is not illegal, and Mr.Carel Theime must know he lives in India, not a sovereign state ruled by Ex-Maharaja of Kashmir Dr. Karan Singh...
[FINALLY DURING THE JUST CONCLUDED VISIT OF DR.KARAN SINGH AS REPORTED IN THE HINDU of 28 th Monday 2008, Dr.KARAN SINGH IS HAPPY THAT THE UPA HAD WON TRUST VOTE. THIS THE LEADER OF OPPOSITION MR.LAL KRISHNA ADVANI MUST TAKE NOTE OF.A POLITICIAL APPOINTEE SPEAKS LIKE POLITICIAN WHILE CLAIMING TO BUILD AN INTERNATIONAL CITY TO HOUSE FOREIGNERS IN INDIAN SOIL.... N. Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai]
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