Saturday, January 21, 2012

Personal political and religious ambitions of the editor cast a shadow


The “Savitri Era” group of blogs and the so-called “honeycomb” of websites (listed below) are created and administered by Tusar N. Mohapatra, President of the Savitri Era Party.
The only position that is maintained consistently in all these websites is that the future of Sri Aurobindo’s and The Mother’s teachings and vision is best left in the hands of the Savitri Era Party.
However, there’s a small detail that the founder of the Savitri Era Party seems to be ignoring. Both Sri Aurobindo and The Mother created certain institutions such as the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville which were designed to carry out Their work. Moreover, They also spelled out rather clearly how these institutions had to be administered.
That the Savitri Era Party does not figure in any of these schemes is understandably an irritant to someone who has appointed himself as the flag-bearer of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.
It is therefore of no surprise that the Savitri Era party is always happy to present, carry and propagate any information that might show that the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville are riddled with problems. As a result of that any information which gives a hint of a controversy immediately appears on the Savitri Era Party’s websites.
As a result of that, even some of his sympathizers have not resisted to lable these blogs and websites as “bazaar blogs named after Savitri”. Links to Tusar N. Mohapatra’s websites: […]
This is best illustrated when some of those people like Raman Reddy and RY Deshpande who never complain when Tusar Mohapatatra spreads misleading and wrongful information about and against the Ashram on his various blogs, also suddenly find themselves at the receiving end.
But to their credit, in spite of their double standards, they have aptly called the “Savitri Era” blogs “bazaar blogs named after Savitri” which sums up the kind of information that is disseminated on these blogs.
- While Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and vision are vast, it is unclear how the dangerous cocktail of religion and politics advocated by the editor of these websites fits in with Sri Aurobindo’s approach to spirituality.
- The personal political and religious ambitions of the editor cast a shadow on the intentions of the editor.
- The editors persistent attack on the management of the Ashram and his repeated calls for the resignation of the Managing Trustee betray the editors personal ambitions of seemingly wanting to determine the fate of Sri aurobindo’s teachings as well as that of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram institution.
Concluding observations:
Those who are interested in the personal views and opinions of the editor of these websites, especially to study the various nuances of the extent to which Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy can be interpreted, can visit these websites, if they have the time for such an excercise.
Apart from that these website have very little to do with the purity of the message of Sri Aurobindo’s poem Savitri (in whose name some of these websites are called) or the clarity of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy or the humility, dignity and soberness of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. 

Lastly, we do not claim to posses the Truth, but we believe that we can help remove those obstacles that come in the way of or obfuscate Truth - especially those obstacles that are in the form of deliberate misrepresentation and distortion of facts or the creation of myths – by providing more reliable, accurate and  complete information. Administrators.

Timeout telegraphindia.com
January 21 at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, 8 Shakespeare Sarani; 6pm: A discussion on Barindra Kumar Ghosh's The Tale of My Exile, published by Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. Speaker: Dr Sachidananda Mohanty. Co-ordinator: Anurag Banerjee.

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