Betty Bland's Statement Regarding Elections
Jul 14, 2009 09:49 PM
Six weeks ago, Betty Bland, President (National Secretary) of TS in America,
in a cyberspace write-up stated:
Although no one is contesting the outcome of the 2008 presidential election,
the problem remains that the machinations of the international elections are
unsound. For example, the international presidential contest in 1980, when
Radha Burnier won over Rukmini Devi, was also fraught with differences of
The comments coming from the National Head of TS in America, is surprising
and need elaboration so that members can clearly understand the statement.
Dictionary defines machinations as:
** a scheming or crafty action or artful design intended to accomplish some
usually evil end
When anyone holding a high position in a spiritual organization such as TS
makes such statements, I think members are owed an explanation backing up
The second comment about the 1980 election, is even more interesting. I have
never seen any allegation from Rukmini Devi or her supporters inside TS or
outside TS about anything questionable about the 1980 election.
RukminiDevi, whose husband George
Arundale was President succeeding Annie Besant, is very widely known in
India and around the world due to her long active involvement in TS and her
other outside activities. If there was any problem whatsoever with the 1980
election, we would have heard them loud and clear soon after the election. I
have not heard of any allegation or complaint. I do not know what
information Betty Bland is privy to that ordinary members around the world
are ignorant of. When such public statements are made, it is not
unreasonable for members ask for substantiation.
Several weeks ago, I wrote an open letter to Betty requesting clarification.
We have not heard anything so far.
The above situation does not help anyone. Already, level of trust many
members have in the TS leaders is very low. This was the result of the
election campaign and post election ultra secret attempt by general council
members to disenfranchise members world-wide and seize the power to appoint
I hope soon we will get some response substantiating the above statements.
Due to the nature of the statements, by keeping silent, the questions
surrounding the statements, are not going to go away.
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