Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Another gem from Banerji is, “I'm not one of these people who hold that the Ashram is a ‘destined’ place of some kind.” This remark, of course, relates to the Ashram as a colony and individual choice.
But if we look at Sri Aurobindo Ashram as the Mecca of Savitri Era Religion, then it is difficult to agree with Banerji. Apart from being a round the year tourist attraction, the Ashram casts a spell on devotees on a dozen annual occasions to converge there. The lure of Auroville too adds to the numbers. Mamata Banerjee, responding to popular demand, announced a new direct train to Puducherry recently, whereas Debashish Banerji, regrettably, pretends to be deaf.