Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Making new rules and regulations for the Ashram

[Any large institution that is involved in publishing needs policies that address individual copyright, the ability of its members to write and publish within the subject matter of their jobs and their role within the institution. It is the nature of writing that it may offend some people, or there may be questions about the right of a person to publish certain material. An institution needs to address this directly. In addition, a large institution needs policies and procedures related to communication and public relations. This issue only shows the current weakness. This "controversy" is common knowledge in the Ashram, in Auroville, and across the world, and is bringing a bad name to the Ashram. There should be a person or an office that is empowered to speak to this, that can be the voice of the Ashram as a whole, that can tell residents, locals, and the world what the actions of the institution are, how it is approaching this matter. In the absence of such a voice, it seems that the institution is throwing itself open to arbitrary actions, movements, and outcomes. Re: Explanation of my Stand wrt The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
by David Hutchinson on Wed 26 Nov 2008 06:24 AM PST
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[Control of representation ... This view would lead to the conclusions that (a) there needs to be an individual or a collective body which will control representations of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and the ashram (with the opponents of Heehs’s book representing such a body); //New rules for the Ashram
The issue of making new rules and regulations for the ashram and its followers is another important one. Larger Issues of "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" Controversy
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Debashish Banerji, Rich Carlson, David Hutchinson, Angiras, Koantum on Sun 01 Feb 2009 09:52 AM PST Permanent Link]

[Re: Hail to Angiras—by Raman Reddy
by RY Deshpande on Sat 14 Feb 2009 03:14 PM IST
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Alok Pandey adds: The point is not who took or did not take the manuscripts. The point is who misused them for devious designs. Raman did not write any book on Sri Aurobindo... nor did he misuse the information access to him to rpove through an article or otherwise that Sri Aurobindo was a coward and a liar or that His adeshas were simply ratiocinations. If it be true that Raman took more manuscripts home and had as much free an access as PH then one must appreciate Raman's discrimination and deep faithfulness to the Work. In that case it is he who should be heading the team at Archives. On the other hand if PH took nothing and yet managed to write a most damaging book on Sri Aurobindo, then one must say that he is nothing short of a manipulative genius. The logic of Angry-us (sorry Angiras) is a skewed one with no bearings on the subject at all. Or is it a diversion of sort. The book is not written by Raman... he is not the subject or object of controversy... yet he is being brought to the centre-stage suddenly. But again where is logic in all this... anyway Reply]

Alok Pandey has endorsed that "Raman... should be heading the team at Archives." But the larger question is whether the Ashram is capable of handling publishing and public relations effectively after the vertical split? [TNM]

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