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Lies about Prof. Manoj Das and the “Savitri” case

May 22, 2013

Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade, R.Y. Deshpande and their anti-Ashram associates’ desperation to produce lies appears to greatly increase with every passing day.

All this while they have been systematically and insidiously foisting misinformation, rumors and lies on issues that are likely to be emotive so that they may appeal to and gain the sympathy of some of the naive, innocent and well-meaning devotees even if their support is obtained by the use of deceit.

In this regard it is not at all surprising to find that R.Y. Deshpande figures prominently among those that are anchoring the anti-Ashram movement. R.Y. Deshpande has been one of the architects of a movement against the Ashram Trust that bases itself on false allegations that Sri Aurobindo’s poem Savitri has, according to him, been tampered. Such rumors are evidently designed to agitate concerned and well-meaning devotees and get them to act against the Ashram. In this away R.Y. Deshpande hopes that he can settle a few personal scores.

During more than two decades, R.Y. Deshpande has tried to exploit the dignified silence of the Ashram administrators by persistently and insidiously promoting his preferred theory that unless an edition of Savitri is approved by Him it should not be published. His arrogance has always landed him in trouble and his personal animosity towards the Ashram Trustees has increased with every instance.

That the 1993 edition of Savitri is the most authentic edition available and that this restorative work was undertaken with utmost diligence and due process spanning several years of intensive, sincere work, does not matter to him. Just because R.Y. Deshpande could not have his say and force his opinions during the editing of the 1993 edition is enough justification for him to seek personal vendetta against the Ashram Trust and some of its members.

R.Y. Deshpande has thus systematically been planting rumors, sowing misinformation and promoting lies, particularly about the editing of the 1993 edition of Savitri so that any devotee whom he can convince with his deceptive stories may act against the Ashram.

But R.Y. Deshpande’s lies cannot live forever. Some have dealt with several of his lies and exposed them. For instance, to mention a few, these can be found herehere and here.

Another lie concerning the Savitri case that has been repeated for a long time by R.Y. Deshpande and his like-minded associates is the one that was recently posted on Raman Reddy’s, Sraddhalu Ranade’s and R.Y. Deshpande’s website. This lie was designed to target and malign Prof. Manoj Das. These liars allege that:

…Manoj [Das], who is acting for Gupta Manoj, remained quiet in the Krishna Nagar court when the Trustees’ lawyer said, “Even the Mother did not understand Savitri.”

Were Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade or R.Y. Deshpande present at the Krishna Nagar court? They were not! On what basis are they making such allegations? They are choosing to rely on the personal account of one Bijan Ghosh who has a track record of supporting and making false allegations against the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and some of its members which he then uses to file cases against the Ashram, such as the Savitri case, which he has systematically lost. It would appear that he doesn’t mind losing these cases because if nothing else these cases serve his or his clients’ purpose of harassing some of the senior members of the Ashram against which he and his clients have an ax to grind.

Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade or R.Y. Deshpande, who claim to be so well informed about all that happens in the Ashram, good or bad, particularly the latter, must have certainly known about Ramendra Nath Mukherjee’s (Ashram’s lawyer referred to above) letter that clearly denies the false allegations made by Bijan Ghosh.

We now have a copy of Ramendra Nath Mukherjee’s letter addressed to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram which exposes Bijan Ghosh’s mischievous lies which we reproduce here:


Ramendra Nath Mukherjee's letter Reg. Bijon Ghosh


It is not surprising that Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade or R.Y. Deshpande make no mention of Ramendra Nath Mukherjee’s letter while accusing Prof. Manoj Das. Because it is only by deliberately suppressing this important fact that they can hope to promote their lies and misinformation on Prof. Manoj Das, the Savitri case and the Ashram.


– Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram –


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