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Misinformed, misguided anti-Ashram protests

December 23, 2014

Anti-Ashram elements like Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade, R.Y. Deshpande and their ilk had for a short while succeeded in misinforming and misguiding some of the members of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. But soon enough their propaganda of falsehood got exposed and they found themselves completely discredited within the Ashram and its larger community.

Having realized that their mischievous ploys could not work within the Ashram, during the last few years, these anti-Ashram elements started to cultivate other anti-Ashram elements in Puducherry on the outside of the Ashram. While the vast majority of the local population of Puducherry have embraced the Ashram which has since long been not only an integral but an essential part of Puducherry, there are some individuals and small groups of disgruntled elements who still harbor some animosity towards the Ashram.

The hostility that some of these anti-Ashram elements have developed towards the Ashram is typically borne out of the usual factors that motivate opportunists, miscreants or lumpen elements to create trouble. These factors range from pure ignorance, to intolerance, envy and vested interests.

The agitations and attacks that have taken place against the Ashram by anti-Ashram elements during these last few days have been characterized by a complete muddling of the issues. Some groups have agitated against the Ashram holding it responsible for the eviction of the Prasad sisters (which the sisters claimed was the motive of their attempt to commit suicide) while completely ignoring that the Ashram had little to do with it as it was the sisters who had approached the courts and it is the Supreme Court of India that ordered the sisters to vacate the Ashram. Some other groups complained about the manner in which the Police handled the eviction of the sisters, and some others complained about the Puducherry Government. In each of these instances, the Ashram had little to do with the alleged grievance of the protesters, but yet for some inexplicable reason the concerned anti-Ashram elements were keen to lay the blame on the Ashram.

The utter illogic, confusion and absence of any sort of reason and justification for the protests against the Ashram is best epitomized in the incident reported in the Hindu titled “Comedy of Errors” in which protesters, mostly miscreants, frantically tried in vain to halt a train that was already parked and that was not going anywhere until much after the strike was called off. We reproduce this article here:

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December 22, 2014

Members of Puducherry Students Federation stage rail roko to condemn the management of Sri Aurobindo Ashram on Saturday.Photo: S. s. Kumar

Members of Puducherry Students Federation stage rail roko to condemn the management of Sri Aurobindo Ashram on Saturday.Photo: S. s. Kumar

At 11 a.m. protestors climbed up into the Bangalore-bound train, not knowing it would leave only at 9.30 p.m.

It was a comedy of errors during a rail roko organised by the Puducherry Students Federation as part of their protest against Sri Aurobindo Ashram on Saturday. After arriving at the railway station at around 11 a.m., a group of protestors climbed up to the engine of a Bangalore-bound train without being aware that the train would leave the station only at 9.30 p.m.

When some of the bystanders told them that they had climbed up into an empty train that would only leave at night, the agitators showed signs of despair and helplessness.

The bystanders drew their attention to a passenger train that was entering the station. The agitators immediately got down and ran towards the other train.



Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade, R.Y. Deshpande and their anti-Ashram ilk are already facing a reprisal from the people that they misled and misguided within the Ashram. By playing their dirty tricks of deception together with miscreants and lumpen elements outside of the Ashram, it is only a matter of time before other people realize that the actions against the Ashram were not only unnecessary and avoidable but seriously regrettable. Some of these people may even realize that Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade, R.Y. Deshpande and their anti-Ashram ilk have all along been taking people for a ride, even on stationary trains.


– Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram –





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