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Re: Presidential aspirations

May 11, 2008 05:49 PM
by prmoliveira

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

> > Do you know, what was the membership in India and in the rest of 
> > world when John Coats was elected?
> Pedro might be having statistics.

According to the Annual Report of the TS for 1973, the year John 
Coats was elected president, the Indian Section had 7,821 members and 
the rest of the world had 24,448. Today, according to the 2007 Annual 
Report of the TS, the Indian Section has 12,444 members and the rest 
of the world 16,570.

> I think that in these difficult
> times I should have become President of TS. I would have completed
> digitization and given free to all people all the Theosophical
> material. Also I would have promoted translation of Theosophical
> material in one thousand languages. I will have promoted lodges in 
> countries increasing membership to much higher level.
>  I did not have much attraction of power and had rejected many 
> But I think in the interest of TS I should become President for some
> years. Once important things are done, I will retire. 


It is not that difficult to become the President of the TS (Adyar). 
Here is what Rule 10 of the Rules of the TS says:

"(c) Any member of the Society in good standing, having been a member 
for at least ten consecutive years imme­diately preceding his 
nomination, may be nominated."

under item (d) the Rules say:

"No nominee shall be included in the voting list unless supported by 
at least twelve nominations."

The nominations are made by members of the General Council.

So, if you have been a member for more than ten years and get twelve 
nominations from members of the General Council you become a 

The other detail is that you would need to win the largest number of 
votes in an election that includes voters from 54 countries.


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