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SAICE Alumni, Ashram inmates oppose external interference, expose foul play.

August 6, 2013

In the last 24 hours there has been widespread coverage of the opposition that has been raised by members of the S.A.I.C.E. alumni and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram against the unwarranted, external interference with the internal matters of the Ashram. The Golden Chain Fraternity of the S.A.I.C.E. taking the initiative, as it did once in the past, has made it unequivocally clear that external interference with the internal affairs of the S.A. Ashram was undesirable and unnecessary, especially as the reasons put forth for intervening were based on false and malicious allegations made by a handful of the well-known, personally motivated, disgruntled members of the S.A. Ashram and other vested interests outside of the Ashram.

We reproduce some of these media reports:

THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

Nothing to hide, ready for fair probe, says ashram

Published on August 6, 2013
http://m.newindianexpress.com/tamil-nadu/26041

Sri Aurobindo Ashram is always open to any fair enquiry and has nothing to hide, maintained The Golden Chain Fraternity (Alumni Organisation of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education)  in response to demand for an inquiry on allegations against the Ashram and appointment of Administrative Officer raised by MLAs in the territorial Assembly.

They indicated that Ashram is open to judicial inquiry by  retired Judge or by a sitting judge of High court and have nothing to hide.

Chief Minister N Rangasamy during the budget session had stated that the stay granted by High Court on the government inquiry will be vacated. Also  an administrator to oversee the functioning of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust would be appointed after consulting the law department.

Around 120 members including ashram inmates who called on the AINRC MLAs Ashok Anand and  P R Siva last night, stated that they feel that there is a calculated attempt being made by a few disgruntled and misguided members in the community with active help from outside to wrest power from the present board of trustees.

In a memorandum submitted to Anand, they stated that these individuals will stop at nothing to pursue their agenda, even if this results in damaging the reputation of the Ashram.

They urged the MLAs to convey to these people to seek legal remedies under the law of the land and not indulge in a campaign of vilification. The allegation with regard to human rights violation has already been taken up by National Commission for Women. An inquiry was taken up by the Commission following complaints to the then chairperson of the Commission Poornima Advani during her visit to Puducherry.  The commission of inquiry found the allegations baseless.

Explaining the Ashram’s opposition to the previous inquiry by the Deputy Collector  on similar allegation in court, they stated that  the inquiry was biased and not a free and fair one.

The mala fide intent of the collector’s office was apparent when the government chose to appoint Cyril Vincent as their counsel. This became a matter of suspicion as Vincent has been representing the litigants in cases against the ashram. In the face of an unfair and mala fide enquiry, the only option left to the ashram was to seek justice from the courts, defended Ashram inmates.

The investigating officer, the Deputy Collector, failed to provide specific instances of dereliction of duty on part of the ashram authorities. On the contrary, he has sought to solicit complaints by forcibly pasting notices on ashram premises.

Copy from The New Indian Express, 6th August, 2013, Pg. 2:

Nothing to hide, ready for fair probe, says ashram, Indian Express, Tue 6 Aug 2013, p 2

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THE HINDU

Ashram inmates object to govt. move

to monitor its functioning

Published on August 6, 2013

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/ashram-inmates-object-to-govt-move-to-monitor-its-functioning/article4994539.ece

C. Jaisankar

Strongly opposing CM’s statement in Assembly of appointing an IAS officer,they lodge displeasure with the MLA who raised the issue

The Golden Chain, the alumni fraternity of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education (SAICE), has strongly objected to the government’s move of appointing a nominee to monitor the functioning of Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

A group of around 120 aggrieved inmates of the ashram lodged their displeasure to Ashok Anand, the MLA who raised a calling attention in the recently concluded Puducherry Assembly session, demanding the appointment of an IAS ranked officer to monitor the ashram’s functioning citing complaints against the trustees of the Ashram.

They went to the MLA’s house in Avvai Nagar here to lodge their displeasure over the manner in which he handled the issue without verifying facts with the persons concerned.

They also strongly opposed Chief Minister N. Rangasamy’s statement in the Assembly that the government would soon take a decision on the demand for appointing an IAS officer to monitor the functioning of the Ashram.

According to the ashram’s inmates, Puducherry was considered a spiritual town and the Ashram was its heritage and the current events have deeply disturbed them.

First of all, the allegations are completely false and baseless. They have not been proved in any court of law. Just because some people are making noise, it does not mean something is wrong. When there is no truth in it and nothing has been found so far, what is the need for appointing an observer? It is not acceptable in any way,” Arindam Das, one of the members of Golden Chain, told The Hindu after meeting the MLA.

The Ashram was an 80-year-old towering institution.

There were 1,200 inmates in the Ashram. If the aggrieved persons had solid evidences, they could certainly seek legal remedies. But they were following illegal methods to spread lies.

Meanwhile, a statement signed by Ram Sehgal, Managing Trustee of the Gold Chain Fraternity, said that the members of ‘The Golden Chain,’ inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and devotees from Puducherry felt that there was a calculated attempt being made by a few disgruntled and misguided members in the community with active help from outside to wrest power from the present board of trustees.

The misguided members, who were a small fraction of the community, have been trying to spread false and malicious information with the sole purpose of bringing disrepute to the Ashram leading to external intervention.

But, so far they have not been able to provide even a shred of evidence to point out foul play.

Ashram inmates object to govt. move to monitor its functioning, The Hindu Sat 5 Aug 2013 p 3

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TIMES OF INDIA

Ashram residents oppose move to appoint caretaker

Published on August 6, 2013

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/Ashram-residents-oppose-move-to-appoint-caretaker/articleshow/21640914.cms

Bosco Dominique

PUDUCHERRY: The alumni association of the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, residents of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and followers of the poet-philosopher from Puducherry protested against the Puducherry government’s move to appoint an administrator for the ashram.

Chief minister N Rangasamy had announced during the recently concluded budget session that the government would decide on appointing an administrator to oversee the functioning of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trusts after consulting the law department. He made the announcement after a section of MLAs claimed that they had received complaints relating to sexual harassment of women residents, financial mismanagement and illegal sale and lease of properties by the members of the trust.

Members of alumni organisation ‘The Golden Fraternity’, along with residents and followers, called on All India NR Congress MLA Ashok Anand, one of those who raised the issue in the assembly, and submitted a memorandum urging him not to entertain a fraction of the community, who had approached him with “false and malicious complaints with the sole purpose of bringing disrepute to the ashram”.

The complainants have not been able to provide any evidence to prove foul play. They are merely spreading allegations through illegal means such as pasting posters across the town and distributing CDs with lies,” they said in the memorandum, which was signed by more than 100 alumni, residents and followers.

They told Anand that a few misguided members in the community had been making calculated attempts, with help from some outside people, to wrest power from the present board of trustees.

They told the MLA to inform the misguided members not to indulge in a campaign of vilification. “Puducherry is considered a spiritual town. The ashram is its heritage. We are deeply disturbed by the current events and look up to you to ensure that the ashram is left free from any kind of disturbing influence,” the memorandum said.

The Madras HC had recently granted an interim stay on the inquiry by the deputy collector into the allegations against the trust.

Ashram residents oppose move to appoint caretaker,The Times of India, Tue 6 Aug 2013 p 1

=========================================================================================================– Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram – 

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  1. Fantastic Post.thanks for share… awaiting more.

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