Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Manoj Das Gupta, Tara Jauhar, and R.Y. Deshpande

A Controversial Biography by Peter Heehs, with this review by R.Y. Deshpande posted on September 17, 2008 over the now defunct SCIY site, erupted an acrimonious war of words and the Embers of Heehs imbroglio burn still even after seven years. Heehs, having presented the facts accompanied by a liberal sprinkling of his own views in the book with glaring mischievous twists, seems to be wriggling to be exonerated by the passage of time, but in vain. Moreover, Manoj Das Gupta shielding him to the hilt, so far, has added a dismal chapter to the history of the Ashram. The Reddy camp, on the other hand, is hell bent on a complete sellout to the Hindutva bandwagon, which is equally despicable. On the whole, the voice of the genuine devotees, who have no political agenda, have been pushed to the background and, virtually, have no role to play. This is unfortunate; ours, of course, is a faint voice which no one seems to support.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram - Delhi branch is also undergoing a deep crisis the reverberations of which are not going to die easily. Life long dedication of Tara Jauhar being called into question is, however, a sad and absurd side of the ongoing drama. Apropos the sorry tale of Auroville, the less said the better. On such a disappointing note, it's, surely, impossible to expect any new breakthrough except for The Mother's Grace shining through which ever surprises. [TNM55]

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