Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Please resign

[With Saturday’s serial terrorist strikes in Delhi supplying further grist to the meet’s anti-minorities subtext, the focus inevitably shifted to the muscular rhetoric of Narendra Modi, who is increasingly seen within the party as its winning card.
It was back to familiar territory as the man at the helm during the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom expounded on the pet themes of terrorism and minority appeasement. The emotive agenda he sketched for his party featured POTA, SIMI, Afzal Guru, the Amarnath Yatra, Ramar Setu, Bangladeshi immigrants, reservation for Dalit Christians, religious conversion, and the Sachar Committee recommendations.
Opinion - Editorials BJP’s Hindutva conundrum The Hindu Tuesday, Sep 16, 2008] [Kandhamal: Fresh violence erupts as mob shoots cop]

[July 7th, 2008 at 9:01 pm Rich responded... in fact I do cite some of the Integral Yoga followers under a Fundamentalist critique. I have engaged much too often with Hindu fundamentalist appropriating Sri Aurobindo’s text to their own ends... I do believe Sri Aurbindo would have nothing to do with Hindu Nationalism of today, 7:57 AM] 11:47 AM

[Take, for example, the question of whether I should continue to be the Chairman of the Auroville Foundation. I feel I've done it for ten years, that perhaps someone else should take it up now. But the moment I say that, everybody (including the people who may not have been so keen on me) says, “No, no, please stay.” So how does one get out of these things?! The whole Auroville experience has been a great learning experience for me. I remain indebted to Auroville because it has strengthened and deepened my psychic relationship with Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. Quite frankly, the inner purpose of my visit this time was to assess whether I should continue as Chairman or not. And I must say that after this morning's meetings I'm going back with a more positive frame of mind. I really did feel for the first time that things are beginning to happen here. interviews with Dr. Karan Singh, Current issue August 2008] 12:23 PM

Dr. Karan Singh has again dodged the resignation question with clever ambivalence. By his own admission he has “done it for ten years,” and “someone else should take it up now.” No one is indispensable and especially as he is not a devotee of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, we request him to resign from the post of the Chairman of the Auroville Foundation immediately.

In the absence of our independent political habitat, Savitri Erans earlier were forced to side either with UPA or the NDA. Many hardcore Hindutva sympathizers have managed to infiltrate into our organizations and are holding responsible posts. We need not be influenced nor intimidated by them. As Manoj Dasgupta has chosen to crown himself with glory of authoring a biography of the Founder-President of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, we request him to resign immediately from the post of the Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, Puducherry.

Finally, Peter Heehs as Director of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives and Research Library, Puducherry has flouted his mandate in such an utterly mala fide manner that it borders on betrayal. We also request him to resign forth with from the post of the Director of the Ashram Archives. [TNM] 10:08 AM

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