Sunday, September 26, 2010
Who earns money by selling Sri Aurobindo’s reputation?
[I had then said that payment of commission to agents and middlemen was common. But, rather than order a probe, the Rajiv Gandhi government flatly denied any wrongdoing and termed the allegation a "conspiracy". This was a mistake.
It was pathetic to see Rajiv, well-meaning but ill-advised, later telling Parliament: "I can assure you, Mister Speaker, that I or my family members have not received any money." He never recovered. India recovers from years-old ‘Bofors fatigue' New Straits Times, Oct 5, 2009 by Mahendra Ved]
The book took birth from the womb of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the author was the chief of the archives who incorporated research conducted by the staff in it. The Trust vetted it and entered into necessary agreements with the publisher. The Trust also retained its right to receive the royalties. And now when it says that it “has nothing to do with the book,” then to whom it is fooling?
Moreover, what the Trust has said after two years is less important now than the question why it had to say so; what are the compulsions? It is a pathetic moment for Manoj Das Gupta. And if the “Trust does not approve” the book, then the devotees have a right to know what disciplinary action it proposes to take against the author and his accomplices.
It is atrocious to earn money by selling Sri Aurobindo’s reputation and hence Savitri Era Party demands that the Trust clarify about the royalty accrued. Now that high profile supporters of the book have eaten crow, Manoj Das Gupta should submit his resignation forthwith by owning up breach of trust. [TNM]