We live in days when Right to Information Act is passed, thanks to all those who fought for it to become a reality. Aurobindo Ashram Trust had all these days expelled people who raised their voices from within. Using food as weapon to subjugate inmates was shamelessly practiced by the Trustees headed by Mr. Manoj Das Gupta. All institutions and religions had faced internal problems, that had been dealt by punishing those who erred or by eliminating the misdeeds and doers. Only here ego makes Mr. Manoj Das Gupta shield all wrong happenings within. The list of cases given below should help the activists fighting under Right to Information Act, to cleanse the system.
Mr. Shyamsundar Jhunjhunwala, Editor of Sri Aurobindo's Action, octogenarian and famous among Aurovillians, and me joined hands in nineties to see that a hundred year and more old Distillery situated in Pondicherry beach which was drawing more than 2 lakh litres of ground water, shifted from beach to a inland location. Supreme Court Advocate Sanjay Parikh got us success in Supreme Court. But politicians were not willing to comply. It was made an election issue in 1996, and the new Government shifted the distillery.
This contact made many from within Ashram approach me for guidance when they formed associations to air their grievances from within. If complaints like peadophilia and sexual harassment had been dealt with iron hands instead of shielding culprits, so much dirty linen about Ashram would not have been washed in public.
The arrogance of the trustees is the root cause of all that goes wrong, only time will give them the average consciousness of a human being in a civilized society, to see wrong as wrong and to weed out weeds, not those who point out the wrong happenings. N. Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai