The Auroville Archives was forcefully taken over in June 2022, through an Office Order issued by the Office of the Secretary.
The bonafide WC has informed the community that a new service of Archives has been set up.
Here is their communication with the community:
As you know, the Auroville Archives was forcefully taken over in June 2022, through an Office Order issued by the Office of the Secretary. Subsequently, four of its team members were dismissed without notice nor valid reason given. The new Archives ‘management’ seems to function in opaque ways, and we no longer have a connection or link with the Auroville Archives.
Because the archiving of data is an ongoing need, especially for us to document the very particular times we are going through, we have decided to create a new Archives cell. Although this new team will be functioning for the time being under the Working Committee selected by the Residents’ Assembly, we hope its data can be merged with the Auroville Archives data at a later stage, if and when its ‘management’ is replaced by individuals committed to uphold the values of Auroville.
For the time being, please send any new material you would have to [email protected] so that it can be properly archived and classified. We are particularly interested in documents, photos, videos, testimonials and other contents that have emerged in the last 18 months. Let us document what is currently happening in Auroville: whatever the outcome of our current struggles, it will be an important chapter in Auroville’s history for which we need a proper record.
Your Working Committee
Aravinda, Bharathy, Chali, Hemant, Maël, Sauro, Valli