[Alok Pandey’s Reply to "The Larger Issues behind the The Lives of Sri Aurobindo Controversy"
For all Ashram related matters, it is obviously the Ashram Trust that enjoys the full authority. For PED (Physical Education Dept of the Ashram) matters, it is the PED that decides, and so also for most departments. There is no doubt about this. That is why the Ashram inmates welcomed the PED decision whereas they remained silent (though somewhat sorrowfully) at the decision of the Trust. at 8:05 PM]
The PED decision as regards the book is patently ultra vires and Alok Pandey’s attempt to rationalize it is laughable. When Pandey himself vents his complains against the Trustees in public, no one is going to believe in his all-is-well verdict. "The Ashram as an institution" would do well to plug its systemic loopholes as early as possible in order to avoid further embarrassment. [TNM]