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Re: theos-talk Update on Krishnamurti School in TS Adyar Property

Jan 31, 2012 11:27 AM
by MKR

I am very glad that your Section has an excellent policy of keeping members
informed of International Administrative issues. This helps build
cohesiveness in the Section, cooperation and confidence in the leadership
and I hope other Sections can learn from your experience.

Unfortunately in the USA, the situation is sad. We learn much of the info
that trickles out via 'grapevine' and this forum. The main channel of any
disclosure in the Section is the print media which can be several months
late and info is already old. (May be everyone is very busy managing money
and property.)

Glad for your support for transparency. I hope the documentation on the
proposals submitted by the K School supporters is made public soon. Delays
would only support speculation and rumors, both of which is not going to
help anyone.

There is yet another aspect to the decision. Some of us recall that in
1960s, a part of the land in Adyar was sold to TS members to build houses.
When the offer was made, it was strange that members in South India
discovered it from an announcement in Uganda or Kenya as I recall.

When this proposal came up, the local Government wanted to acquire a big
chunk of Adyar for public use. Members all over the country contacted the
local Govt and Prime Minister of India to stop the move. Ultimately, it was
stopped, and rumor has it that the Prime Minister personally intervened.

The current decision to expand Olcott School curriculum is a populist cause
which has much support from local Government and populist politicians. On
the other hand, support for any continued use by K School would have been
very unpopular and would have opened up a can of worms and risk acquisition
of part of the Adyar estate by the local Government for public purposes.

Let us keep tuned for any additional info.


On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM, Sampsa KuukasjÃrvi <> wrote:

> **
> MKR, you are right that there should be more transparency concerning the
> General Council discussions. Nevertheless, in Finland where I live, the
> members of the TS (Adyar) get information on international administrative
> issues of the Society pretty well.
> Of course, the Krishnamurti School is for rich people, and the Olcott
> School for underprivileged people. However, I understood that there could
> have been a fruitful alternative to the decision that was made: not either
> - or, but both and. Krishnamurti School would have payed well for
> additional lease, and maybe even the Krishnamurti School teachers might
> have taught something to Olcott school pupils.
> It would indeed be interesting to see documents and proposals that were
> presented to the GC members.
> Yes, Damodar Garden is TS property. It seems that the Krishnamurti School
> made a mistake that it took the lease land granted, though the School is
> not at all a part of the Theosophical Society. The strong lobbying that was
> done for the School came too late.
> Sampsa
> 2012/1/31 MKR <>
> > **
> >
> >
> > Thanks for the additional information you have provided.
> >
> > It is the lack of transparency and secrecy surrounding the discussions
> and
> > decision on the K School in Damodar Gardens that does not help anyone,
> > especially the members of TS.
> >
> > Damodar Gardens is TS property acquired from the donations of several
> > ordinary TS members and specifically meant for the activities of
> > Theosophical Society.
> >
> > For all said and done, everyone in Chennai knows K School caters to the
> > kids of super rich and the fat cats in Chennai who support the school can
> > surely find alternative location.
> >
> > Expansion of the Olcott memorial school vocational program is the best
> > thing that can happen to the poor and needy kids from the fisherman
> > community in Adyar who will benefit.
> >
> > K School knew for quite some time that the lease expires in 2014 and why
> > they want till 2016 to move out needs explanation.
> >
> > Also if any documents and proposals were presented to the GC members as
> > part of the push by K School supporters to continue the K school in
> Damodar
> > Gardens, why not make them available for everyone to see so that we all
> can
> > come to our own conclusions. We can also see any spinning the supporters
> > tried to do.
> >
> > In all matters where money and property are involved, all kinds of
> politics
> > automatically gets into it. TS is no exception.
> >
> > Also, it is the lack of transparency of the GC meetings that makes
> members
> > to take everything with a grain of salt, after all that happened since
> the
> > last International Election especially the failed ultra secret attempt
> by a
> > quartet from the West to disenfranchise all the members around the world
> > and seize control of the President.
> >
> > Anyone having more info on the topic is welcome to post it here or can
> > email me off list.
> >
> > MKR
> >
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