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TS Elections - Postal & E-mail

May 09, 2008 06:06 PM
by MKR

May 9, 2008

Dear Brother:

In connection with the TS Elections, when I read many documents between top
leaders and others in the TS administration, I noticed a interesting
peculiarity. Frequently, there is a emphasis of communications being sent
using *postal mail*. In today's world of cell phone, e-mail, fax, scanned
documents, airplane travel etc., this strikes me very odd. In some legal
matters, paper communication or even personal delivery is essential since
law requires it. Even there, in many instances, alternate forms of
communications are slowly getting accepted for the sake of convenience and

Is this postal mail mind- set a hang over from the past, because most of the
leaders in most countries are old folks and wants to hang on to paper? As
far as a decade ago, I have seen this mentality, first hand, in the USA when
I dealt with the TS administration in USA. I used to send a fax or e-mail
and a response will usually be sent back by postal mail.

This mentality also seems to migrate into withholding of e-mail addresses by
officials. We do not withhold postal mail addresses and I cannot understand
why we do with e-mail. A case in point; Recently, I requested the
International Secretary to send me the updated list of e-mail addresses of
National Secretaries/GC members since the one published in the Theosophist
is not 100% up-to-date. I have a list which is 95% correct. To this day, I
have not yet received a response from the International Secretary.

Here I am, a long-time, dues paying member of TS making a simple request for
email addresses and what is the motive to withhold and whom are they trying
to protect. I am at a loss to understand. I think we have a systemic problem
which need to be fixed.

Fraternally yours,

M K Ramadoss
Member, TS, San Antonio, Texas, USA

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