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Re: Theos-World TS - Political Situation in India

Oct 24, 2008 01:48 PM
by Jayananda Hiranandani

I wish to supplement on the role of the TS members in India's modern history.
Besides Dr. Besant, Dr. Arundale and Mr. B. P.Wadia were also interned for political struggle for India's Independence. Mr. Rohit Mehta was another person who was jailed.
Mr. Venkataraman, a T. S. member,was the President of India.
Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru's father, Mr. Motilal Nehru was a member of the T.S.
Mr. Shriman Narayan, brother of the former T.S. Vice President, Mr. Surendra Narayan was a prominent leader.
Mr. Ernest Wood wrote a book as a rebuttal to a highly negative book on India by Ms. Kathleen Mayo.
Besides political work, T. S. members did a lot of social and educational work. Col. Olcott, the President Founder started a school for the Harijans. Dr. and Mrs.. Arundale were other notables. Dr. Richardson was the first Principal of Central Hindu College. In the Indian headquarters campus at Varanansi there is a house named after him.
If my memory is correct, Mr. Sri Ram did some journalistic work under Dr. Besant.
The list is a long one. But this should suffice. I believe that others can expand on it.
Jayananda H. Hiranandani

From: MKR <>
Subject: Theos-World TS - Political Situation in India
Date: Sunday, October 19, 2008, 5:03 PM

Very few outside India know how deeply many theosophists were involved in
the Indian Independence movement and of course everyone knows Annie Besant's
political activities for which she was elected the President of Indian
National Congress. While we may not see it, even today TS enjoys support
from a lot of politicians past and present.

Years ago, Indian Govt passed a law requiring all Indian corporations to
have 51% local control. IBM's Indian subsidiary was 100% owned by IBM USA
and Indian Govt did not budge and IBM chose to close down the business in
India. If the GC goes on meddling with the Rules and a handful of members
try to seize control of TS, we should not be surprised at a legal challenge.
Furthermore, considering the importance of Adyar, and TS as a tax-exempt
religious charitable organization, it would not surprise me if the Govt
passes a law imposing majority Indian control of all tax exempt charitable
organizations, which would include TS. This would be a permanent slam dunk
to end all machinations.


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