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Re: TS Election: Timeline

May 10, 2008 01:59 AM
by prmoliveira

--- In, "Anand" <AnandGholap@...> wrote:

> In this mail you will notice that many officers holding high posts 
> TS have expressed their opinion about important issues like future
> Presiden't health, it's impact on the TS and possible solutions. I
> think they have right to express their opinion and to convey their
> opinion to others. However Radha's supporters are  criticizing such
> communication as "blatant electioneering". If TS election does not
> approve electioneering, then why do they hold elections ? If they
> think that election should be without discussion, without openly
> discussing good and bad points of each candidate, then that election
> is not real democratic election.


The 2007 Annual Report of the TS says that there are over 4,000 TS 
members in the US and over 380 in France.

Below are some of the statements that both American and French TS 
officers sent out to their members BEFORE their members had received 
their ballot papers for the election of President. Such messages were 
also distributed widely, by email, world wide.

Issued before the members received the voting papers, the statements 
below are not just an "expression their [TS officers] opinion". They 
are a clear attempt to influence the voters' choice:

"she had a serious stroke which left her unable to speak for at least 
a month and deprived her of a large part of her memory. Her recovery 
was slow and incomplete, especially as far as short term memory and 
recall of names are concerned. In conversation, she no longer 
understands anything but short and simple sentences."

(Maxence Ondet, Secretary to the French TS Board, in a letter to all 
TS members in France, 29 March 2008)

"...showed a weakened mind or brain damage." (from Ondet's letter 
above mentioned)

"What a pity that such a great soul now errs because of the
misfunctioning of the brain!"

(Tran-Thi-Kim-Dieu, Chairman of the European Federation of the TS 
since 1995 and additional member of the Society's General Council, in 
a circular email message to dozens of people around the world, 20 
March 2007)

"Radha seems to be recovering physically from the stroke she suffered 
a year ago, but, given her age, she still has periods of low energy 
and her memory is inconsistent."

(Betty Bland, National President of the TS in America in a letter to
TSA members, April 11, 2008)

Now compare the above statements with the two statements below which
were received by me:

"1. Dr. Radha Burnier, International President, T.S., visited Bellary
(approximately 500 Kms from Adyar) in connection with three 
significant Theosophical programmes in the second week of February. 
Apart from inaugurating the conference there she delivered public 
lectures as well.

2. The International President directed a study camp at the Indian
Section Headquarters (2000 kms from Chennai), Varanasi, from 26 to 31
March. Besides, she chaired the meeting of the Besant Education
Fellowship which was held in Varanasi on 30 March. Before coming to
Varanasi she was in Delhi on 22-23 March.

3. She is going to Pune (in the western part of India) in the second
week of May to direct a study camp there.

I think that the aforesaid facts show her active involvement in the
theosophical work in different parts of the country."

(Mr S. Sundaram, General Secretary of the Indian Section. The
International Headquarters at Adyar is located in the South-Indian 
city of Chennai)

"I did not attend the [Adyar, December 2007] Convention. However I can
PERSONNALLY attest to the fact that I had an in-depth, two hour (11 am
to 1 pm) conversation with Radha Burnier on 02 August 2007 at No 17
Tekels Park regarding the problems concerning Tekels Park (TP). In 
view of the seriousness of the topic, I fully minuted this meeting,
INCLUDING ALL OF Radha Burnier'S STATEMENTS and communicated these
Minutes to the National President.

Radha Burnier displayed clarity of mind and comprehension. She was
able to:

(a) evidence of long term memory recall - provide me with a summary of
the background and history of events and personalities connected with
TP going back over several years (which I know to be accurate from my
own intimate association with TP).

(b) evidence of short term memory recall - summarize the gist of
conversations she had with two persons the previous day which again I
know to be true since I am very well indeed acquainted with the said
persons and their particular views and agendas.

In view of (a) and (b) above, plus further discussions with Radha
Burnier about specific details regarding the TS in general and the
English Section and TP, I regard the comments made by the French
National Board as far too sweeping, subjective, unsupported by
evidence, therefore inaccurate and presumptuous."

(Dr Edi D. Bilimoria DPhil, FIMechE, FEI, FRI, CEng, EurIng
International Lecturer and author for the Theosophical Society
Speaker at two International Conventions Twice on National Council 
and Executive Committee of the English Section
Former President of the Blavatsky Lodge in London
Current Director of THEOVERSITY ? a seven year course in Theosophical

If you add to the above the medical certificates, which were posted 

and the letter sent out by Elvira Carbonell, a supporter of John 
Algeo to members of the General Council, by email, THE DAY AFTER the 
official call for nominations was issued by the International 
Secretary at Adyar by air mail, on 18 December 2007. Carbonell's 
letter is posted here:

you may see that the "opinions" of the TS officers mentioned at the 
beginning of this post, by their widespread attack on Radha Burnier, 
are neither accurate nor fair as their interference compromised what 
should have been a free and fair election.


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