Monday, January 7, 2013

A representative system for selection of trustees with restricted tenure

Enough of Falsehood – Ashram Trustee resigns! from Critique of The Lives Jan 7, 2013 This morning saw high drama in the Board of Trustees of the Ashram Trust…
Overwhelmed by the circumstances and under pressure of his own conscience, this morning Albert Patel, the senior-most Trustee of the Ashram Trust, submitted his resignation to the Trust Board, and walked away from the Board meeting. RYD - January 7, 2013 9:07 PM Congratulations, Albert-da!

Letter of Kittu Reddy, Ranganath Raghavan & Sumita Kandpal to Manoj Das Gupta on 2 July, 2010 To Manoj Dasgupta
We thank you for the letter dated 21-6-10 containing the reply to our questions…
15. You have mentioned that the Trust Deed is a sacred document and that you are humbly discharging your duties in letter and spirit. We are sorry to say that we do not agree with you on this issue. Your actions and conduct in the last 20 years or so are not in keeping with this.  On the contrary you are using the Trust Deed as an instrument to keep absolute power in your hands without any accountability.
16. The present situation in the Ashram is very disturbing and precarious. The discontent among Ashramites with the Trust management is very wide-spread and many among them may resort to inviting outside intervention. It is quite possible that government intervention may occur. This would certainly not be desirable.
Keeping this in view, we would request you to please act with responsibility and understanding. Apart from the demands already made by Pranabda regarding Peter Heehs, we request you to initiate the changes needed in the Trust Deed, which having been drafted more than half a century ago, is not fully relevant to our present conditions. The changes suggested are as follows:
a)    Restrict the tenure of office for trustees to a fixed limited period.
b)    Set up a legal mechanism for the selection of trustees, based on a representative system.
c)     Ensure transparency and accountability in the administration of the Ashram.
If these suggestions are accepted, a dialogue could be started between you and a selection of senior sadhaks of the Ashram.
This process will pre-empt all possibility of government intervention. But if these suggestions are not accepted, the consequences may be very serious for the future existence of the Ashram. It would be best to solve the present problems within the Ashram community itself. If we fail to do this, there are dark days ahead for us. Kittu Reddy Ranganath Raghavan Sumita Kandpal. Posted by General Editor at 1/06/2013 11:43:00 AM

Ned used to blog as spiritofnow initially. She was writing about her personal concerns occasionally referring to The Mother & Sri Aurobindo before she formally launched The Stumbling Mystic with more or less similar content and style. Ned (Nehdia Sameen) passed away on June 15, 2012.  

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