Events that lead us to the situation we are in today.
02/06/2021 Appointment of a new Secretary of the Auroville Foundation
IAS officer Dr. Jayanti Ravi, currently serving as Principal Secretary in the Gujarat Health and Family and Welfare Department, has been appointed as Secretary of the Auroville Foundation for a period of 3 years from the date of assumption of the post.
31/7/2021 The Crown Walk
The Secretary calls for a walk on the Crown, the participants tore down the fence at Joy community, the interaction with the people living in houses supposed to be destructed so as to respect the tracing of the crown are in chock.
Around 200 residents of the community led by the TDC went on a walk that followed the trajectory of the crown corridor (CC) , which is a circle set at 690m from the MatriMandir Banyan Tree as the Centre. During this walk, fences were broken, granite pillars were, undergrowth was trampled which impacted the community. Some said “the walk was an inspiring act of leadership that had reignited their faith in Auroville”, while another part of the community was deeply hurt, heart-broken, and in disbelief that fellow Aurovilians could act in this way.
A flurry of meetings followed this walk. Site meetings were held in contested locations (Centre Field, Darkali, Bliss Forest, Youth Centre) that the CC passes through. An agreement was reached with the TDC that they could conduct a survey, which they began from the very next day.
August 2021 Nomination of members of the ATDC, appointed by the Secretary of the Governing Board, thus contradicting the AV process
The work of 4 years of restructuring TDC so as to move away from a top down system has been thrown out by an office order.
07/08/2021 a general meeting is organised in reaction of the crown walk. During this meeting Update on recent events – The Crown Walk
- Presentation of “A statement by Aurovilians on ‘The City’”;
- Presentation of planned road pathway;
- Presentation of alternatives to Existing Crown Road Proposal;
- The statement is signed by more than 450 Aurovilians
18/08/2021 The ‘JCB Incident’
The ‘JCB Incident’ when a JCB was noticed clearing a wide path in the field opposite Savitri Bhavan. Auroville planning experts who arrived on the site commented that it was unusual for a survey to require a 30-metre wide cleared path. After some discussion, the JCB left and the TDC was asked to provide a plan with drawings of their intended work and to inform the local institutions and residents of the scope of their work. TDC acknowledged that there had been a misunderstanding and later apologised.
20/08/2021 a general meeting is organised on how How Can We Manifest the Crown Corridor Together Harmoniously
17/9/2021 alternative crown proposal and MP structure General meeting on planning. Bhumika Hall
06/10/2021 Nomination of the new Chairman of the Auroville Foundation and the new members of the Governing Board
The Ministry of Education has announced in the Gazette of India the nomination of the new Chairman of the Auroville Foundation and the new members of the Governing Board.
11/10/2021 Nomination of the new International Advisory Council of the Auroville Foundation
The Ministry of Education has announced in the Gazette of India the nomination of the new International Advisory Council of the Auroville Foundation.
02/11/2021 57th Governing Board Meeting
22/11/2021 Multiversity proposal presented by the WC to the community
A lot of feedbacks is received from the Community, this project has been written with no discussions with the community, and not presented to the RA. It appears that this project is a project that the new Secretary has since many years, see the document written by her from 2012. There are many concerns among the community as this project goes against the processes and the very essentials of Auroville ideals