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Re: Transparency rules to be included in the TS constitution

Oct 23, 2008 01:48 AM
by Anand

I think, one principle should guide transparency laws. It is this " If
something is not absolutely necessary to be kept secrete, it must be
made public" That leaves very few things which are not made public.
I remember seeing former Secretary of State Colin Powell being
questioned by Senate committee about Iraq war. It was shown on CNN and
whole world could watch discussion on such an important event. In
India and England, parliament proceedings are also shown live on TV.
In America, after every important meeting President speaks with the
news reporters and it is broadcast through cable channels. In India
also there is Right to Information Act, the purpose of which is to
make maximum information available to people. Again the principle is "
If something is not absolutely necessary to be kept secrete, it must
be made public" 
Mere talking about transparency won't work. We need to know which
things in administrative and other matters should be published in TS.
Anand Gholap

--- In, "Anton Rozman" <anton_rozman@...>
> Hi Anand,
> Some other issues which should be probably addressed are: policies, 
> plans of work, jobs, archives, intellectual rights, ? and most probably 
> the best form of complete dealing with these issues would be a 
> Declaration on Transparency of the General Council of the Theosophical 
> Society, although some provisions could be implemented also in the 
> Rules and Regulations.
> Best regards,
> Anton
> --- In, "Anand" <AnandGholap@> wrote:
> >
> > We talk about transparency, but now we need to write the details of
> > what exactly we want through transparency. I think there should be
> > rules in the constitution of the TS that following things should be
> > published on the internet.
> > 1) Agenda of every General Council meetings, including all the 
> proposals.
> > 2) Minutes of every General Council  meetings.
> > 3) Secretary's report
> > 4) Budget
> > 5) Treasurer's report.
> > 6) Statistics related to lodges, federation, Sections like membership,
> > address etc.
> > I will appreciate suggestions about what should be published. We need
> > to know exact details of what we mean by transparency. 
> > Best
> > Anand Gholap
> >

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