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TS - Election - Algeo & his Nominators' Silence

May 18, 2008 09:28 AM
by MKR

May 18, 2008

Dear Brother:

I just saw Bhupendra R. Vora's the letter copied below. He is the past
General Secretary of East & Central African Section and is a highly reputed
long time theosophist. The letter speaks for itself.

In the election, Radha Burnier's health has been made the key issue due to
the erroneous misrepresentation by many of the nominators of John Algeo. Let
us look at the facts.

Radha Burnier had a stroke in November 2006. In February 2007, John Algeo
wrote to General Secretaries and others that she is doing well. Then, on the
eve of election, when the ballots are to be sent to members in April 2008,
suddenly, many of his nominators (more or less looking like an orchestrated
effort) told/wrote their members that Radha Burnier is mentally and
physically sick and hence they should vote for John Algeo.

Soon two well-known, highly reputed doctors certified that Radha Burnier is
mentally and physically fit. Questions were raised about the specialty and
competence of these doctors. Then Dr. Dusan Zagar, neurologist and
psychiatrist and Solvenia GS issued a detailed confirmation of her good
health based on his first hand examination and review when he was in Adyar
in December 2007. There are also couple of letters from theosophists who
have personally met and interacted her, confirming her good health. Two
weeks ago, a theosophist from Pune, India who was personally present at two
talks given by Radha Burnier and who personally talked to her, confirmed her
good health. Now comes Vora's letter.

All of the above overwhelmingly indicates that, what the nominators told
their members are at the least erroneous and at the worst deliberate
misrepresentation simply to get their members to vote for John Algeo. Even
after they are presented with the above indisputable facts, they have been
silent and have not retracted/corrected their statements to their members.
Nor John Algeo has distanced himself from them and issued any clarifying
statements. Correcting errors are common in elections. Allowing wrong or
erroneous information to continue, just reflects on the nominators and John

In the past, TS National Leaders have lost their jobs just for errors due to
traditional human failings. (Ask long term members, they will tell you). The
present situation misleading the members and thus interfering with an fair
election process in International Election, is lot more serious with
long-term negative world-wide consequences for the Theosophical Society and

Fraternally yours,

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


Link to past messages on election:


Date: Thu, 15th May 2008
To: All Theosophists

Dear Sirs/Madames,

Re. TS Elections

I am a former General Secretary Of The Theosophical Society in East And
Central Africa. During the European Congress held at Helsinki in July last
year my wife and I were delegates. We met Mrs. Radha Burnier and had lengthy
discussions with her on Theosophical work and her health. She was very
candid about her health. Not only was she totally focused about everything
we discussed but showed the same deep commitment and concern towards The
Theosophical Society and the work all around the world. In no way did I see
any disability reflected in her.

Mrs. Radha Burnier has devoted her life to the cause of Theosophy. I was
therefore very saddened to see the various E-mails being sent around
questioning her fitness and pre-empting the electoral process. Madame
Blavatsky gave us the Golden Stairs to live by. But it is sad to note that
prominent Theosophists have scuttled the ethical principles by which
Theosophists are expected to live and set an example to the world. Even
after certification by prominent Doctors that she is fit and able to carry
out her responsibilities and the opinion of a fellow Theosophist and member
of the medical fraternity Dr. Dusan Zagar the people who spread the
misinformation are silent and unwilling to correct the misinformation and
advise members of their Section about these medical opinions. How can the
electoral process be considered fair and ethical when members were asked to
vote for a candidate even before the ballot papers were sent and members

Theosophists need to do a lot of soul searching. The future of the Society
depends on the action we take now to correct the flawed electoral process.
This is an earnest appeal to those who are partisan to step aside. Do we
have a right to the Divine Wisdom when the fundamentals of ethical
principles are not applied in our work?

The Golden Stairs require the earnest seeker to bravely declare his/her
principles and defend those who are unjustly attacked .

Let members do this.
Yours in Brotherhood

Bhupendra R. Vora.


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