Sunday, September 13, 2009

I don't want to add to Mohapatra's traffic

letter received from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek
I’ve received an email from someone identifying himself as Ulrich Mohrhoff. Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. Pondicherry, India. Managing Editor, AntiMatters.

Mr. Mohrhoff says:
“PLEASE do not refer to any of the blogs maintained by Tusar Mohapatra as ‘the Aurobindo site.’ With his many cross-linked parasitic blogs, this character has achieved an altogether undeserved prominence among Google searches for ‘Aurobindo.’ (It’s the same technique by which porn site bootstrap themselves upward.) Mohapatra’s agenda is political (he’s even founded a party!) and is best characterized by this insufferable quote:
‘The path has been charted out by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo 100 years back. We must follow it, we must tell others to follow it, and we must persuade others to follow it. We have to cajole others to follow it. And if need arises, we must force others to follow it.’
— Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, ‘Savitri Era Party’ ”

Although I don’t know Ulrich Mohrhoff and can’t vouch for this, it does have the ring of truth about it. I’d been wondering why a respectable organization would do nothing on its blog but repost the words of others, endlessly. It looks like they weren’t doing so.

In any case, this seems likely enough that I will change a couple of words in the preceding post. [ADDENDUM: Actually, I will delete the post, since I don't want to add to Mohapatra's traffic, under the --likely-- circumstances.]

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