News & Notes 744:Prime Minister’s visit

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7 April 2018


Prime Minister’s visit


Dear Community members, in response to the concerns raised regarding the Prime Minister's visit and the exclusion of Ranjith and Partha (Working Committee members) from being in close proximity to the Prime Minister, the Auroville Council has looked into the issue to understand better what has happened.

According to the information which we obtained, the PM task force was not responsible for the decision which removed Ranjith and Partha from the list.

Unfortunately, it was not possible for us to determine with exact clarity how this happened. The best that can be said is that the atmosphere surrounding the Prime Minister's visit was very hectic and uncertain, with many late developments and changes. There was a strong concern from the official persons responsible for the Prime Minister's security to reduce the list of persons in close proximity to the Prime Minister as much as possible in every venue, and many Aurovilians of all backgrounds, not only Ranjith and Partha, were removed from the planned program under these circumstances.

As this unfortunate circumstance has found a broader resonance in the community with respect to longstanding feelings of discrimination, inequality and disempowerment among many Aurovilians, and in line with the message of Dr. Karan Singh, chairman of the Governing Board, the Auroville Council will start working on a larger community process where these concerns in the community can be discussed and brought into the open.

Though the sequence of events was painful for all those involved, we hope that we can all move forward with lessons learned, and an earnest goodwill to work harder towards the true human unity to which we all aspire.


Warmly,
for the Auroville Council: Angelo, Elisa, Enrica, Martin, Matriprasad, Mita, Sandyra, Selvaraj and Shivaya