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Independent Inquiry into the TS Election

May 21, 2008 06:57 AM
by prmoliveira

"The very root idea of the Society is free and fearless 
(H. P. Blavatsky, 'What are Theosophists?', 
The Theosophist, October 1879)
Documentary evidence showed that a supporter of John Algeo, Elvira 
Carbonell, who was working at the Secretary's Office at Adyar last 
December, compromised and tainted the nomination process by writing 
directly to General Council members, on 19 December 2007, to inform 
them that John Algeo had decided to accept nominations. The current 
election is taking place in 54 countries around the world.

At least in France and in the US, voting took place under massive 
canvassing by the respective General Secretaries who blatantly 
favoured John Algeo as a candidate and  who depicted Radha Burnier, 
President of the Theosophical Society, as being in a state nearing 
mental decrepitude. There is no evidence whatsoever that either 
General Secretary distributed to the members in their Sections copies 
of the medical certificates issued by two doctors in India attesting 
to the President's recovery.
Voting will close in most Sections at the end of this month or, at 
the latest, in the beginning of June. I have been approached by a 
leading member of the American Section to help in healing the present 
divisions within the Society. After considering her letter carefully, 
I have come to the conclusion that the only effective healing that 
can take place now is for the General Council of the TS or the 
international Executive Committee to conduct an independent inquiry 
into the election process as a whole, which includes the nomination 
process. The Theosophical Society has a number of senior, dedicated, 
respected and capable members in many countries that could be part of 
such an inquiry into the 2008 Presidential Election. 
The conclusions of such an inquiry, I suggest, should be made 
available on an independent website for all to see and they should be 
considered, and if necessary acted upon, by the international 
Executive Committee or the General Council of the TS. 

As HPB taught, "the very root idea of the Society is free and 
fearless investigation." The word 'investigation' comes from the 
Latin vestigare, 'to track'. 

Pedro Oliveira

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