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Ananda Reddy – Auroville’s “Director”???

In the year 2009 a lot of noise was still being made about Columbia University Press’s (CUP) statement which described Peter Heehs as a “co-founder” of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram archives department.

Those like Ananda Reddy who sought  to malign Peter Heehs called him a liar, a traitor, someone who used deception and self-promotion; because they alleged that Peter Heehs was never assigned such a designation by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust; that he used the “co-founder” designation merely to prop his credibility and increase the sales of his book. They sought to discredit Peter Heehs’ work, making the most absurd attempts to discontinue the publication of his book “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo” because of CUP’s statement – which as a matter of fact happens to be a rather accurate description of Peter Heehs’ role and work at the S.A.A.T.

But while Ananda Reddy and his ilk were drawing all their ire and attention on Peter Heehs, not many noticed that on the sly the real impostors like Ananda Reddy himself were not satisfied with calling themselves “Scholars”; they needed more, much more.

This is when, in the year 2009, Ananda Reddy appointed himself as the “Director” of the renowned, futuristic and Universal township of Auroville [Click here].

While Ananda Reddy is understandably grinning in front of the camera of a naive, ignorant but well-meaning Spanish cameraman and writer, the question is, do the Aurovillians know that since the year 2009 they and Auroville have been under the “direction” of Ananda Reddy?

Ananda Reddy – Active propaganda behind the scenes

Ananda Reddy who has to earn his bread in order to keep his business interests alive, was one of the first ones to realize that controversies might be good for authors and the sale of books but not so good for those who have to make a living. Particularly for those whose business activities depend on rubbing shoulders with academicians, scholars, administrators of reputed institutions, on whom his reputation and his business interests depend. After making a short public appearance in the early days of the controversy that was designed to malign Peter Heehs, the Managing and other Trustees as well as members of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust (S.A.A.T.) , Ananda Reddy went underground, disappearing from the public glare, particularly when things didn’t go the way he and his scheming colleagues had hoped they would have turned out.

But behind the scenes, Ananda Reddy has still been playing, all along, more than an active part in stoking and keeping alive the controversy that is designed to undermine the existing management of the S.A.A.T. in order to replace it with a new order of power and management that he hopes will be controlled by him and the other integral yoga impostors.

Ananda Reddy appears to believe that the private circulation of e-mails, away from the public glare, might spare him the embarrassment of exposing that his heart and soul indeed lie with the extremists, the fundamentalists and impostors he belongs to. This is well illustrated in one of the many e-mails that Ananda Reddy circulates in order to keep the propaganda machinery constantly at work.

In this particular example, Radhikaranjan Das, a teacher at the Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education (S.A.I.C.E.) is being portrayed as a victim because disciplinary action has been taken against him by the authorities of the S.A.I.C.E. Ananda Reddy evidently does not mention that Radhikaranjan Das has not only been repeatedly failing his duties as a teacher at the S.A.I.C.E., but he is also trying to bring disrepute to the S.A.I.C.E. by publicly insulting members of the institution without any justification or basis.

Here’s an example of Ananda Reddy’s propaganda machinery at work:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ananda Reddy <anandareddy@auromail.net>
Date: TXX, May XX, 2012 at XX:XX XM
Subject: FW: [A critique of the book “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo” by Peter Heehs] Report of Dr. Radhikaranjan’s Discussion with the School Committee
To:

From: 3Zw67TwYJC_IlnfimUagUcf.WigUhUhXUlYXXsUoligUcf.hYn@blogger.bounces.google.com [mailto:3Zw67TwYJC_IlnfimUagUcf.WigUhUhXUlYXXsUoligUcf.hYn@blogger.bounces.google.comOn Behalf Of General Editor

Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:26 AM
To: anandareddy@auromail.net
Subject: [A critique of the book “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo” by Peter Heehs] Report of Dr. Radhikaranjan’s Discussion with the School Committee

[Dr Radhikaranjan’s report of his discussion with the School Committee is in the form of a letter addressed to Manoj Das Gupta, who happens to be both the Registrar of the Ashram School and the Managing Trustee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. A shorter version of the same was sent to the Registrar. ]

Manoj-da,

I, Radhikaranjan Das, have been a Sanskrit teacher in this institution teaching at the Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary and Higher Course level from 1980 till date. I have been also teaching Biology at the Secondary level from 1999. My teaching record has been absolutely unblemished and I have never received any complaints from the School authorities regarding it. On Friday 18 May, 2012, I was in my class and was summoned to the School Committee meeting around 11.30 in the morning in your office. The persons present were yourself, Arati-di, Jhumur-di, Swadesh-da and Dilip-bhai. I will try to give you a report of the discussion that took place:

Manoj-da: Radhikaranjan, you have written this article?

Myself: Yes.

Manoj-da: You have gone public with this article. It is a most shameful thing. I will read a portion of it.

Is the smell of dollars so enticing that the Divine’s fragrance of Truth, Light, Love and Beauty are masked and left unrecognised? The whole world stands in askance today to know why the Ashram Trust is fighting tooth and nail and pouring out money in an unending stream to protect this snake of a man who has assassinated Sri Aurobindo in the truest sense of the word?

I challenge you to prove where the Ashram Trust has been pouring money in an unending stream!

Jhumur-di: Who can assassinate Sri Aurobindo? He cannot be touched.

Arati-di: How can you write such a thing?

Manoj-da: I will not tolerate this. I will not allow any teacher of our Centre of Education to make such comments. I will have to terminate your services in this institution. Tomorrow I will put up a notice that Radhikaranjan will not take his classes until further notice.

Myself: Will you give this in writing to me?

Arati-di: Why do you want it in writing?

Dilip-bhai: Will you go the Court with it?

Myself: When my services are being officially terminated, I should receive an official notice.

Swadesh-da: Were you given a written statement when you were appointed as a teacher?

Manoj-da: Let him go the Court or let him go to hell! I don’t care! I will give him in writing what he wants. He will have to discontinue his work here.

Myself: This article has nothing to do with the school.

Manoj-da: Of course, it has. You have been a student here and you are a teacher here and you have put this up in a public forum. You have disgraced the name of the school in public.

Myself: I have written anything about the School in this article.

Manoj-da: Look at the words that he has used:

Are there hidden dark secrets of the Trustees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram which Peter Heehs knows, and revealing those might be absolutely disastrous to the whole pack of power-hungry wolves and their retinue?

Swadesh-da: What do you mean a pack of power hungry wolves?

Dilip-bhai: How can you talk like this about the Ashram Trustees?

Manoj-da: I will not listen to anything else. You will have to leave School. I have told you whatever I have to say. Now if you have any question, you may ask.

Myself: (silence)

Manoj-da: If you want to meet me personally later, you may.

Myself: (silence)

Manoj-da: You may go now. (I leave the office.)

On Friday afternoon and on Saturday I attended my classes normally as no notice was put up on the board. On Sunday morning (20 May, 2012), Swadesh-da and Swadhin-da met me on the road.

Swadesh-da: Radhikaranjan, why did you attend your classes when you had been told categorically that you are not to have classes anymore?

Myself: I was not told that. Manoj-da had said that he would put up on the board stating that Radhiranjan will not “attend his classes until further notice”. And he told he would me a written notice.

Swadesh-da: No written notice will be given. Were you given a written statement when you were appointed as a teacher?

Myself: No, I will attend my classes normally tomorrow. He had said that he will give it to me in writing.

Swadesh-da: On Monday, don’t come to take your classes. Don’t create a scene in front of the students.

Myself: He has to give me a statement.

Swadesh-da: You may go and meet Manoj-da. (they leave)

Manoj-da, I have put down exactly the conversations that took place between the committee members and me.

I absolutely fail to understand the reason why my services in the School are being terminated. Is freedom of speech only available to Peter Heehs and not to us? Are we not allowed to express our innermost feelings in this critical period of the Ashram? If you still decide to go ahead with your decision, I would like to know the grounds on which you have taken such punitive action. I would like to have therefore an official written communication clearly stating the reasons for depriving me of my services in the School. Until I receive such an official communication, I will continue doing the Mother’s work and take my classes as usual.

Yours sincerely

Radhikaranjan Das

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Editors