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Apr 29, 2008 05:51 PM
by MKR

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From: prmoliveira <>
Date: Apr 29, 2008 7:23 PM
Subject: [theos-l] Election Committee's response to the French TS Board

Below is the text of the letter the Election Committee of the TS at
Adyar sent, on 18 April 2008, to the General Secretary of the TS in
France, with copies to all General Secretaries of the TS. The letter
also attached copies of the medical certificates issued by Radha
Burnier's doctors.

Pedro Oliveira

"We wish to point out that there are some serious mistakes in the
letter dated 29.3.08 addressed by Maxence Ondet to the members of the
French Section on behalf of the Conseil Directeur of that Section.
She says that she has the duty of informing the French members about
the state of President Radha's health. We wish to draw your attention
to some items of serious consequence. The allegations made by the
French Section Council cast an aspersion on the decision of the
Executive Committee at Adyar taken on 1 March 2008 to include Radha
Burnier's name as well as that of John Algeo as candidates in the
election. It is completely wrong for a Section Council to give views
on this matter when the Executive Committee has taken a decision.

1. The French Council says that Radha Burnier suffered a grave AVC
which prevented her from speaking etc. This is not true. She spoke
soon afterwards to Dr. P. Tirumalai, a cardiologist and her personal
physician, and to some others, and her recovery was fairly

2. It is a matter of one's individual reaction to find her Convention
lecture lacking in consistency etc. This view cannot be attributed to
all the General Secretaries who were present.

3. It is completely false to state that Radha Burnier accomplishes
her tasks painfully every day with the aid of `patient, devoted and
faithful workers', and that the Editorials of the Adyar Theosophist
are not written by her. We know that she attends to her work as
usual. Some of it is delayed of course, because of the amount of work
she has to attend to.

4. It is completely false to speak of `her' letters as being written
by collaborators, of her inconsistent views or to state that some
people are profiting from her condition etc.

If the General Council and the Executive Committee of the Society had
thought that her mental condition affected the Society's work, they
would have said so and considered her candidature a liability. The
fact that many Sections agreed to nominate her proves her suitability
and not the contrary.

Attached herewith are two medical certificates. We expect you to take
immediate action to counteract the impression created in the letter
from Maxence Ondet dated 29 March 2008.

With best wishes,

Yours fraternally,

The Election Committee

(Mary Anderson, Keshwar Dastur, Dr C. V. Agarwal)"

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