Timeline

 

Complete timeline in chronological order.

A list of acronyms is provided at the bottom.

 

Past events that lead to where we are today.

Thursday, December 2nd

Youth Centre and Bliss Forest members receive an email from Auroville Town Development Council (ATDC) informing them that the work on clearing the 16.7m ‘right of way’ will begin ‘next week’.

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Friday, December 3rd

Youth Centre responds via email, demanding a stay on this decision, given the short notice. They summarise their many efforts to progress alternative options for development with ATDC, which had culminated in a positive meeting in the recent past, and express how they are upset and felt unheard.  

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Saturday, December 4th, 9AM

Saturday, December 4th, 9AM

Contrary to what Auroville Town Development Council (ATDC) had previously informed the Youth Centre and Bliss Forest stewards, bulldozers (from Auroville Road Service) arrive at Bliss forest, Lilaloka entrance on December 4th, at 9AM. They are accompanied by members of ATDC, and a few Aurovilians who support this action. They start uprooting trees. The caretakers arrive and block the work. No Work Order…

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Saturday, December 4th, 9.30AM

Saturday, December 4th, 9.30AM

Caretakers call out for help. More than a hundred Aurovilians rush to the site. The police is called by the Foundation. After being given all the facts by the residents, the police leave the site.

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Saturday, December 4th, 12PM

Saturday, December 4th, 12PM

Residents reach out to the WC and the ATDC for explanation and gather to decide on a way forward. Three future Residents Assembly Decision-making meetings (RADs) are agreed upon: RAD 1: Request the halt of all further development until a RAD decision is made. RAD 2: Request the immediate resignation of Working Committee (WC) members Anu, Srimoyi, and Arun. RAD 3: Request the resignation of all ATDC members.

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Saturday, December 4th, 10.15PM

Saturday, December 4th, 10.15PM

Three bulldozers and diggers are spotted outside the Foundation office. A late-night meeting is taking place, with people coming and going.

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Sunday, December 5th, 1AM

Bulldozers leave the Foundation office with members of the ATDC, escorted by many police officers, and head to Bliss Forest to complete their work of uprooting trees in the middle of the night. Youth Centre (YC) residents rush to stop their advance. Extra police officers have already erected multiple roadblocks at all access points, to stop other concerned residents from reaching YC and Lilaloka entrance. The police arrest some of the Aurovilian teenagers, including a girl. A few dozen Aurovilians manage to reach the site through the forest, some assaulted by the police as they do. The arrested youth are eventually released. Two members of WC – a committee that is supposed to represent the interests of the residents – arrive on site.      

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Sunday, December 5th, 3PM

Sunday, December 5th, 3PM

Shocked community members gather at Kalabhumi amphitheatre to discuss the agressive events. The consensus is that the events represent a kind of behaviour that cannot be accepted in Auroville. A resolution is signed to this effect, by all present at the meeting. More signatures are added (about 500 to date) and this is communicated to the Foundation and working groups.

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Sunday, December 5th

The Auroville International Board (AVI Centres) sends a statement to the Working Committee and the Secretary of Auroville Foundation in support of the community. View statement

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Monday, December 6th, 6PM

Five Aurovilians meet the Secretary at Matrimandir. She verbally offers INR 10 lakh to the YC, and the possibility of relocating the buildings in the Bliss Forest if the YC and the rest of the community steps aside. They are told they must respond by 7AM the following morning.

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Monday, December 6th, 8PM

Monday, December 6th, 8PM

Youth Centre (YC) members call an emergency meeting to report the outcome of the talk with the Secretary, as they have been given only twelve hours to accept the offer. The youth accept to collaborate under some conditions: They will dismantle the buildings themselves. They decline the financial compensation. TDC should provide the signed NOC within 48 hours to allow the construction of the new buildings in the same area. Although this decision does not align with the longstanding Residents Assembly decision-making process (stewards cannot take such decisions without consulting the whole community), it was agreed that collaboration would ease…

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Tuesday, December 7th, 7AM

No answer has been received from the Secretary’s office directly after 7AM, the deadline given by the Secretary. The YC continues to wait for a written agreement signed by the Secretary.

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Tuesday, December 7th, 8AM

Tuesday, December 7th, 8AM

A spontaneous meeting is held with the wider community at the Youth Center. No answer from the Secretary’s office so far. While the meeting is undergoing, an answer from ATCD is received, but it differs from the original request, and is confirmed by the Secretary’s office.

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Tuesday, December 7th, 12PM

Outreach Media (Auroville’s service that facilitates external media relations on behalf of the community) is told by the Foundation to “refrain on issuing any statements until further notice”. The Foundation office appoints two official spokespersons, without seeking any approval from the Residents. View email sent to Outread Media

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Tuesday, December 7th, 3PM

In order to support the youth in these challenging times, a peaceful get-together is planned at Youth Centre (YC) so that the community can heal together. However, a parallel event is then announced by the newly-appointed “Auroville Spokespersons” at the same venue. Despite this tactic, the event goes ahead peacefully. 

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Tuesday, December 7th, 8.30PM

Tuesday, December 7th, 8.30PM

Darkali stewards make a presentation to ATDC for their proposal to develop the land in an ecologically sensitive manner.

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Wednesday, December 8th

The Residents Assembly asks the Working Committee (WC) to organise an emergency RAD. The request is refused by the majority of the WC members, with two members in favour, and four against.

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Wednesday, December 8th

Wednesday, December 8th

An alternative, more environmentally-sensitive proposal for the development of Bliss Forest – that was first presented to ATDC on October 25 – was re-posted on Auronet.

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Wednesday, December 8th

Wednesday, December 8th

Announcement of a first General Meeting for the process of the first RAD scheduled for 20th December: to put on hold the development of the Crown Road. 

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Thursday, December 9th, 7AM

Thursday, December 9th, 7AM

More than 100 unidentified people, allegedly hired by an Aurovilian under the order of the Foundation Secretariat, enter the Youth Centre (YC) with two bulldozers. The YC team and concerned citizens try to make sense of the situation, to establish order, and request the official Work Order. Ignoring their requests, the paid crowd and machines forcefully enter and start destroying infrastructure, bulldozing trees and buildings. Aurovilians are manhandled. Rampant destruction continues despite all efforts to peacefully deal with the situation. Finally, residents from different communities of Auroville come together. Holding hands, they silently bear witness.

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Thursday, December 9th, 9AM

Thursday, December 9th, 9AM

Within two hours of the onset of the enforced destruction, all the buildings are down. Aurovilians watch in shock. More buildings were taken down than had earlier been discussed.

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Thursday, December 9th, 3PM

Thursday, December 9th, 3PM

While some residents attend a meeting at the Unity Pavilion called by the Foundation, bulldozers, driven by people from a distant village (not direct neighbours of Auroville), make their way towards Darkali,. The sudden arrival of bulldozers causes a chaotic situation as Aurovilians and concerned people try to stop them without using violence. After some confrontations, the situation evolves into a peaceful sit-down protest, as people present chant and refuse to budge.  

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Thursday, December 9th, 6PM

Thursday, December 9th, 6PM

The community is informed that at 6AM the following morning, bulldozing will restart at Darkali. Peaceful protesters continue to camp at the site overnight.

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Friday, December 10th, 7.30AM

Friday, December 10th, 7.30AM

Four bulldozers, along with Auroville’s road service and members of ATDC arrive in Darkali. They start bulldozing work, while Auroville residents protest silently. 

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Friday, December 10th, 11AM

A bulldozer heads along the ATDC indicated path towards a precious water catchment, and a few Aurovilians stop it. 

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Friday, December 10th, 2PM

JCBs start the work on the other side of Darkali.

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Friday, December 10th, 2.30PM

Friday, December 10th, 2.30PM

A Stay Order is obtained from the National Green Tribunal, which orders that the felling of trees must stop for one week (until 17 December). All work is stopped.

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Friday, December 10th

Former International Advisory Council (IAC) members send a collective statement to the Chairman of the Governing Board, sharing their deep admiration for Auroville and their equally deep concern regarding the unfolding events. View the statement

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Saturday, December 11th

Auroville’s current IAC expresses its concerns in writing to the GB, and calls for inclusiveness and collaboration.

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Saturday, December 11th, 2PM

Saturday, December 11th, 2PM

Auroville Road Service team is seen working in Bliss forest again, with a parked bulldozer, a tractor and a trailer. They are accompanied by one of the “Official Spokespersons” of the Foundation office. A passing witness calls a member of the Working Committee (WC), who arrives on site. A Work Order dated December 11th is presented.

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Sunday, December 12th

Sunday, December 12th

Auroville Road Service proceeds with the marking for the high tension cable.

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Wednesday, December 15th

Wednesday, December 15th

Auroville Road Service continue the work at Youth Center and Bliss    

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Thursday, December 16th

Thursday, December 16th

Leveling of the road and digging of the trenches for HT cable is still going on at Youth Center and Bliss

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Friday, December 17th

Friday, December 17th

The stay order has been extended until the next hearing on the 21st.

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Saturday, December 18th

Saturday, December 18th

The trench work still goes on.

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Monday, December 20th, 4.00PM

Monday, December 20th, 4.00PM

The Resident Assembly Service is holding a meeting in preparation for a decision-making to Stop all development work on the Crown until further notice from the Residents’ Assembly.  

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Tuesday, December 21st

Tuesday, December 21st

The stay order has been extended until the next hearing on the January 3rd, 2022.  

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 8AM

Wednesday, December 22nd, 8AM

Against the stay order prohibiting any activities in the area, Auroville Road Service starts laying the HT cable in the trench, despite some trees standing on the path.    

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December 22nd, 2021

December 22nd, 2021

The AVI board sends a second letter to Dr Jayanti Ravi, Secretary of the Auroville Foundation, and to the members of the Governing Board.

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December 28th 2021

December 28th 2021

The ATDC informs the community that they will not take into account the ongoing Resident Assembly decision process to make a pause on the development till a decision is made by the community. The ATDC mentions 2 articles of the Auroville Foundation Act 1988, There is no 19(1)(c) there is 19(2)(c). The decisions taken in the last report…

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January 2nd 2022

January 2nd 2022

Second meeting of the Residents’ Assembly to organise a RAD to pause the development till a decision is made by the community. The question for the RAD adopted by the majority of the members of the RA is: To pause all clearing, infrastructure laying and permanent construction work on the Right of Ways of Crown, Radials and Outer Ring in order to enable the community to define a way forward for…

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January 4th, 2022

The hearing at the Court continues, next one will be on Monday, January 10th 2022. The status quo order continues. Meanwhile the sessions for a collaborative and participatory planning organized by the citizen assembly are taking place with the participation of Shilpa Vastu Foundation  

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January 7th, 2022

January 7th, 2022

The Resident Service in charge of maintaining the Master list of children and adult Aurovilians as well as New comers. They help and coordinate concerning visa renewal and residential permit related works.  They were informed by several Aurovilians of foreign origins that they have been asked by the Secretary of Auroville Foundation’s office to sign a letter in order to receive their letter of recommendation to obtain the extension of their visa. This is a completely newly introduced step. The point 4 is going against the very aims and ideals of Auroville. Out of 3312 individuals in Auroville (Adults and children), 1893 are concerned by visas. Visa threats Jan 22

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January 16th, 2022

January 16th, 2022

The AVI Board (Auroville international) adresses a letter to the Secretary and the Governing Board to express their concern on the form that Aurovilians are forced to sign to obtain their recommendation letter for their visa extension from the Secretary. AVI Board letter 160122 to GB & AVF_Final

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January 18th, 2022

January 18th, 2022

The change.org petition has reached 50 000 signatures. Meanwhile, the Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation meets again in Auroville with no interaction with the Residents of Auroville. The residents have been informed the day before of the meeting of its happening and were told that they would not be able to interact with the Governing Board as it usually happens. Several members of the Working Committee were deliberately excluded in the preparation of the presentation of the Working Committee to the Governing Board: Letter to GB dt. 18.01.22 Minutes of the Entry Board meeting with the Governing Board and the Secretary. Notes on the meeting with the Governing Board by 6 Aurovillians.

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January 19th, 2022

These past few days, several Aurovilians have received a visit from the Pondicherry RRO. The immigration officers indicated that the RRO has received a list of names of foreigners on an Auroville visa who allegedly participated in “violent protests against the Crown Road.” During these visits, Aurovilians have had the opportunity to explain that the so called protests were peaceful.

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January 20th, 2022

Several members of the Working Committee send a letter to the Resident Assembly to address a breach of trust that has happened between the seven members of the WC: “On the morning of 18th January 2022, at 10:30 (we had been told earlier that we would have to meet the Collector at 11), a mail was sent by Anu which, in addition to their statement, had a PowerPoint presentation to be presented by the four of them about Governance of Auroville, Selection of working group members and other general Auroville topics, as well as proposed action points as follow up to the last Governing Board meeting. The 3 of us had not been invited to be part of the preparation. We were shocked at this exclusion of us as three selected members of the Working Committee of the Residents’ Assembly. We feel that this action from the other four members was a serious breach of trust…

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January 21th, 2022

Outreachmedia, (Auroville’s service that facilitates external media relations on behalf of the community) is told by the Secretary’s Office to “hand over all the movable and immovable, tangible and intangible assets including space, phone number, email, soft IP, archives, accounts maintained with Financial services, etc.”. Already, on December 7th, Outreach Media was told by the Secretary’s Office to “refrain on issuing any statements until further notice”. This kind of matter regarding the allocations of Auroville assets is in the FAMC jurisdiction, and not the Secretary’s. Letter from the Secretary’s Office to Outreachmedia Reply from Outreachmedia 1 Reply from Outreachmedia 2 Relpy form the FAMC

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January 26th, 2022

January 26th, 2022

Outcome of the RA decision-making process The community has massively voted yes on the question asked through the RAD ( resident assembly décision making process). A total of 899 valid votes have been submitted online and in-person. The number of participants exceeded the 10 per cent quorum required to validate the decision (243 votes).* The formulated proposal of the RAD was : “To pause all clearing, infrastructure laying and permanent construction work on the Right of Ways of Crown, Radials and Outer Ring in order to enable the community to…

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January 29th, 2022

The Working committee sends a letter to the secretary of the Governing Board about the results of the Resident Assembly decision regarding the crown road, this letter shows clearly the division between the members of the Working Committee. Communication to the Secretary regarding Crown RAD

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February 8th 2022

It’s not a bout trees anymore.. Follow up on events regarding outreach media. After the email Outreach Media received from the Under Secretary requesting to hand over the movable and immovable assets, as well as the response from the FAMC, today, it has been followed up by acts. The Under Secretary accompanied by Joel and Sinduja (who have been the nominated spokespersons by the secretary of the Foundation Office) actually went to take over the space and office of Outreach Media physically. This same day the Under Secretary also wrote a letter to the FAMC, taking over its management saying “the meetings of the FAMC will be henceforth convened by the secretary or her nominee”, and that “the meetings will be convened at the Foundation Office”, with the time and agenda of the next meeting. The FAMC immediately responded in writing, sharing their views on the FAMC vis-a-vis the Auroville Foundation rules 1997. This letter states the FAMC is to be seen as a committee constituted by the Residents Assembly, with members selected by the RA, with a mandate…

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February 9th 2022

February 9th 2022

In the morning while coming to work, the aurovilians working in the Archives building discovered that a notice had been put on the Outreachmedia door, with a seal. After this a spare key of outreachmedia has been asked to the Archives by an employee of the Secretary office. Few hours later, two carpenters were sent by the Secretary’s office to install a sealed lock. Despite the letter of the FAMC once again force has been used and a core value of Auroville is being violated…  

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February 14th, 2022

A letter, signed by more than 325 Aurovilians, is sent to the FAMC and the Working Committee regarding the take over of Outreachmedia office.     Dear FAMC and Working Committee, (cc to the Auroville Council, Auroville Foundation Office, Outreach Media) We, the undersigned residents, are deeply shocked with the recent events that happened in regards to Outreach Media. Not only do we condemn the fact that the Foundation office conducted and communicated about the dismissal of an Aurovilian from his/her workplace without due process being followed, but we also strongly denounce the way the Outreach Media office has been taken over without the approval of the FAMC. Those of us who have witnessed the work of Fabienne, as well as those who have been part of the Outreach Media team over the years, have seen her dedication in taking care of the relations with the media. Fabienne has never pretended to be a spokesperson for…

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February 21st 2022

February 21st 2022

During the week between the February 21st (the Mother’s birthday) and February 28th ( Auroville’s anniversary), an Auroville festival was organised to celebrate unity by the same who committed the bullying, bypassing community processes and the bulldozing. As it is not the time for celebration but rather for introspection and silence, a number of people decided to boycott the program and take the opportunity to have a Silent festival.   The organizers of the Auroville festival first published a program that included absolutely everything happening in Auroville…

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February 27th, 2022

The same men who led and coordinated the destruction and violence at the Youth Centre on the morning of December 9th are being thanked and congratulated by the Secretary and her supporters during a ceremony at Unity Pavilion.   In no moment in Auroville’s history has a Secretary of the Auroville Foundation condoned and even celebrated people (in and outside of Auroville) who have participated in violent actions against other community members (including both women and youth).

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March 15th, 2022

MoU between AV Foundation and the CPWD A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on March 15, 2022 between the Auroville Foundation and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the official construction Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on March 15, 2022 between the Auroville Foundation and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the official construction agency of the Government of India. The scope of work is not clear since the announcement, made by the CPWD on its social media pages (Facebook and Twitter), only states “for the execution of Projects related to Making of Auroville City, Tamil Nadu”. The Foundation Office has not made any post on this topic. The Working Committee has asked the TDC for a copy of the MoU and what projects are included. Meanwhile, the Water Group received an update about sludge from Elaine of TDC which states: “The long-term sludge solution will be taken up with the CPWD (Infrastructure) and Prakit will take over the management of the program. Currently, there are 6 CPWD projects in the pipeline and Fecal sludge management is one of the six.” The outsourcing of projects to the government’s public…

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March 23rd, 2022

For over a year, Pitchandikulam stewards and the Land Board have been dealing with a dispute over the road access of newly purchased private property owned within the Master plan area near Pitchandikulam forest. Although there is an alternative access point that is a shorter route through Auropark (on the main road), the private landowner prefers the access through forested Auroville land and has chosen to go to the police multiple times and harass Auroville groups and stewards in order to obtain access. On Wednesday 23rd March, this dispute escalated after the Secretary of the AV Foundation allegedly gave the private landowner verbal permission that he could have access to his land via Auroville. Written confirmation of this claim was asked for by the Land Board members, however, none was produced. The private landowner hired a JCB and over 40 young men from Pondicherry…

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March 31st, 2022

Legal case against AVFO regarding Outreach Media An Aurovilian filed a case against the Auroville Foundation represented by its Secretary in the Madras High Court at the end of March. Auroville Outreach Media was created by the residents and has been accountable to the working bodies of the Residents’ Assembly, namely the FAMC and the Working Committee. The case points that the office order appointing the new Outreach Media executives has not followed due processes. It is only the FAMC which has the authority to appoint and dismiss executives and unit managers. But the FAMC has been bypassed by the Auroville Foundation Office. The petitioners’ side of the case was heard and the other side will be heard in June, after the court resumes from summer break.  

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April 27th, 2022

April 27th, 2022

Four members of the Working Committee (Anu, Arun, Partha and Srimoyi), allegedly supported by the Office of the Secretary, have attempted to take over the entire WCom by dismissing the three other members (Chali, Hemant and Sauro). They used a twisted (mis)interpretation of the ‘Participatory Working Groups’ document to do so. In their communication on this ‘decision’, they make several false claims regarding the other three members. This unprecedented use of political manipulations…

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April 29th, 2022

April 29th, 2022

For those who don’t want to read all 78 pages of the NGT order of April 28, here are the directions of the Tribunal: “125. In the result, this Original Application is allowed in part and disposed of with the following directions:- (i) The 1st Respondent is directed to prepare a proper township plan either in respect of 778 Ha which is in their possession now or in respect of 1963 Ha which was visualized by the MOTHER by identifying the locations where each zone will have to be located, where the roads will have…

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May 2nd, 2022

May 2nd, 2022

Ignoring the directives of the National green tribunal, the same individuals who initiated the destruction of the Youth Centre and Darkali Forest are now destroying the house of two old Aurovilians that is supposedly on the crown road as per their plan and ignoring the RAD voted on by over 800 people to stop development until a community decision has been reached.

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May 5th, 2022

The ATDC has just (on 5th May) sent a message to the Youth Centre team in this e-mail requesting that the YC team ‘dismantle’ – before 8am on 9th May – any ‘unauthorized’ structures that they built after damage caused when the space was destroyed. ATDC email to Youth Centre, 5th May 2022 YC email to ATDC, 6th May 2022  

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May 7th, 2022

The foundation office has sent a letter to intimate the RA to stop all decision-making processes by asking that beforehand the list of Aurovilian ( register of residents) may be updated. They have created a form to be filled by all Aurovilians. Register of Residents (Auroville).pdf

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May 8th, 2022

May 8th, 2022

A letter is sent by concerned Aurovilians to the Secretary of the Auroville foundation regards to the demand of the ATDC about so-called unauthorized construction in Auroville. To: Secretary, Auroville Foundation Auroville Foundation Bhavan Villupuram, Tamil Nadu 605101 Dear Madam, It has come to our notice that the Auroville Town Development Council (ATDC) has issued a statement to the Auroville Community that “all unauthorised constructions in Auroville will need to be removed or repurposed until a renovation or removal, partial or full, is necessary”. This is to let you know that…

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May 9th, 2022

May 9th, 2022

A letter is sent by concerned residents to the GB in response to their intimation of stopping the RA process: Response to Dr. G Seetharaman regarding the validity of current RA Decisions In Response: Letter sent by Dr. G Seetharaman communicating that “𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘉𝘰𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘈𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘈𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘱𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴.” May 9th, 2022 Dear Dr. G Seetharaman, Thank you for your communication dt. 06.05.22 in which you mention that the Register of Residents (RoR) has not been updated since 2005. You also note a “complete dysfunctional state of affairs…

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May 9th, 2022

May 9th, 2022

At the same time a reply is formulated by a part of the divided Working Committee: Dear Sir, We are in receipt of your letter of 6th May, 2022, regarding the Register of Residents. We are writing in our capacity as members of the Working Committee and the Residents’ Assembly. We note that your letter is partly in response to a letter, comments and documentation sent to the Secretary’s office by the other 4 Working Committee members. We would like to put on record that this letter contains inaccuracies in the statements made as well as the basis for the ‘questions to be asked’. We were not involved in writing the letter and we do…

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May 9th, 2022

Updating the Community on the Youth Center’s communication with the ATDC Dear ATDC/L’Avenir d’Auroville 9th May 2022 CCed: AVC, WC, AVF, FAMC We have some questions regarding Anbu’s (ATDC representative) recent email communications to Auroville resident Uma Prajapati dated 9.5.2022. As we have previously stated and Anbu has confirmed in his communications with Uma, there are no structures on the Crown area. Why, then, do you want to “dismantle” the structures that are not in the Crown area, as you have stated in your email to us dated 5.5.2022? We have been working in good will with the ATDC team over recent months to obtain an NOC. We have submitted designs and discussed the features of the proposed Youth Plaza (an aspect of the Crown area) and proposed a new vocational training centre (placed in the vocational zone of the Masterplan) with…

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May 10th, 2022

May 10th, 2022

Outcome of the Resident Assembly DECISION-MAKING PROCESS: This decision made by the Residents Assembly is to replace the 4 Working Committee members who condoned the violent actions against our community. The Working Committee is made up of 7 community members whose responsibility is to represent the Residents Assembly to the Governing Board and other outside entities.The 4 members who were voted out have failed to do so, and have instead been promoting their own personal agendas. The RAS registered 864 valid votes. It is the second highest turnout for a Resident Assembly decision ever, following the previous one on the implementation of the Crown. The outcome of this RAD clearly shows that the Residents’ Assembly does not support the Working Committee members who are not accountable to the community. It is important to remember that the results of the vote are not personal, but rather an attempt to move towards a Working Committee that upholds the voice of the Residents’ Assembly. Statement: “I agree to remove individual members of the Working Committee from office through this current RA decision-making process, given their failure to ‘assist’ and ‘represent’ the Residents’ Assembly as stated…

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May 12th, 2022

May 12th, 2022

Occupation of the WC meeting room Aurovilians former members of the WC dismissed by the decision of the RAD are refusing to step back, and some of their “supporters” ( are occupying the WC meeting room. They are in possession of the key and are refusing to give it back.  

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May 17th, 2022

May 17th, 2022

The AV Foundation Office has demanded administrative access to all of Auroville’s electronic media supposedly due to a ‘complaint’ about ‘anti-government activities’. The email below has been addressed to the Auronet Administrators (Auroville Intranet) as well as Sysop & Blue Light (the administrators for all of the @auroville email IDs and servers of the Town Hall). This demand is again bypassing Auroville due processes. The Working Committee of the Residents Assembly has immediately addressed to the AV Foundation office an answer reminding the principles of Auroville organisation regards to this case and the frame of India’s law, so has been done by the FAMC (Funds and Assets Management Committee of Auroville) Links to Pdf documents below: Secretary office’s email reg. admistration of Auronet Working…

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May 18th, 2022

May 18th, 2022

The Foundation Office has sent the police to the Town Hall. They wanted the Working Committee of the Resident Assembly to give keys to the offices and thus in the absence of the necessary legal order and justification. A Police Officer tried to insist that the Working Committee give access to others (Working Committee members recently…

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May 19th, 2022

May 19th, 2022

After the police intervention on May 18th 2022 at the Town Hall called by the Secretary of the Auroville Foundation and the shut down of the same by the police more than 350 Aurovilians came peacefully at the Town Hall to show their support to the Working Committee of the Resident assembly. A letter has been addressed to the Secretary. Letter to secretary_May19th2022

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May 20th, 2022

May 20th, 2022

The intranet of Auroville, Auronet, and SYSOP, the service in charge of the domain name of Auroville and related email addresses of the working groups, services, units and all Aurovilians and of Auroville web services, have been taken over by the Secretary of the Auroville Foundation. It is no longer under the purview of the Residents Assembly. In the current situation, it is not guaranteed that any of the posts and content you will see on Auronet are authentic. The implication of this action is quite serious. It implies that now the official email addresses of the working groups may be taken over by the ones who are currently trying to bypass processes of Auroville, that now they have access also to…

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May 21th, 2022

May 21th, 2022

The community has been informed that on 17 May, the Office of the Secretary of the Auroville Foundation filed a police complaint against six Aurovilians, for alleged ‘illegal’ and ‘illegitimate’ activities. Police have subsequently filed a first information report (FIR)*. The complaint alleges that these six Aurovilians had ‘illegally taken over’ the Working Committee office and had ‘obstructed’ the ‘lawful entry’ of dismissed Working Committee members. These dismissed members refuse to accept a…

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May 22nd, 2022

May 22nd, 2022

Working Committee Press Release Following the different actions of these last days perpetrated by the office of the Secretary of the Auroville Foundation and the spreading by the same of serious accusations and false informations about the situation in Auroville also transmitted to some national medias, the Working Committee of the Resident…

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May 25th 2022

May 25th 2022

The former members of the Working Committee who have been dismissed by a decision of the Resident Assembly are refusing to quit and have created their own Working Committee and declared the Working Committee decided by the Resident Assembly as illegal. They have nominated their own members who have joined them. They are now using the id of the Working Committee on the Intranet of Auroville (Auronet) to communicate as the Working Committee and also are using the usual channel of the mass bulletin ( a mailing list reserved to the working groups of the Resident Assembly to communicate with the community. They are fully supported by the Secretary of the Auroville Foundation office and have spread all over the medias and social medias (using the official Facebook of the Auroville Foundation) a campaign of false informations  and defamation. As of now they have taken over all the official communication tools of Auroville (Intranet, emails, etc…) they are using these channels to diffuse their narratives. See event on the take over of Sysop and Auronet Letter where they declare…

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May 27th, 2022

May 27th, 2022

Communication sent by the Working Committee of the Resident Assembly to the community on May 27th 2022 through mass bulletin: Dear Community, We hope that this message finds you well in spite of the challenging times we are collectively going through. Since the latest decision of the Residents’ Assembly on May 10th, and the appointment of our interim members on May 14th, we have been dealing with a number of urgent and sensitive issues which have unfortunately not left much space for communication. These include attempts to take over our office space in Town Hall, FIRs (First Investigation Reports) filed against six Aurovilians including members of the Working Committee, Visa-related issues, the issuing of a Media Release, and some legal matters. Many of you will have seen the disinformation and energy being put to try and discredit the Residents’ Assembly, its processes and us…

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May 27th, 2022

May 27th, 2022

The Secretary of The Auroville Foundation is trying to take over the FAMC (Funds and Assets Management Committee of Auroville). The FAMC is the group nominated by the Residents Assembly to take care of all matters related to funds and assets of Auroville. (See the FAMC mandate: Famc-mandate-9_03_16) Message addressed to…

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June 1st, 2022

June 1st, 2022

Mass Bulletin service taken over by the Secretariat of the Auroville Foundation Office June 1st, the resident in charge for the [email protected] email ID  informed the community that she was locked out from using the mass bulletin service. The Auroville Foundation Office (AVFO) is now in full control of all mass bulletins sent to the community from this address.This means that the Working Committee of the Residents’ Assembly (WC) are no longer able to communicate with the community at large through the usual means, since they have…

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June 2nd, 2022

June 2nd, 2022

Working Committee locks changed, and email taken over The Working Committee has confirmed that last night the locks of their office and meeting room in Town Hall have been changed. Furthermore, their email [email protected] has been taken over by the secretariat of the Auroville Foundation Office, and they no longer have access to it. Now, you can reach the WCom through their new email [email protected]

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June 3rd, 2022

June 3rd, 2022

Following the different concerning and alarming events of these last days , The Working Committee has sent an urgent update to the community: Urgent updates from the Working Committee dt. 3rd June 2022 Dear friends, We want to share a few updates. On Wednesday 1st in the evening our email account password was reset, locking us out of [email protected] Until access is restored, please contact us at [email protected] Similarly, the massbulletin service provided diligently by Mauna for many years has also been taken over. Emails received from [email protected] are being coordinated by those not respecting the Residents’ Assembly decisions, structure and functioning with the support of the Secretary and Foundation Office. Please be aware that the Working Committee selected by the Residents’ Assembly will not be able to give its messages through that service or directly through Auronet, but alternatives remain and more are being set up. Updates will be shared shortly. The locks to the Working Committee office and meeting room in Town Hall were also changed on…

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June 4th, 2022

June 4th, 2022

The community has received a letter via the Massbulletin (previously taken over by the Office of the secretary of The Auroville Foundation) that states the take over of the FAMC and the Town Development Council and announce the creation of a committee Organization & Governance Committee (OGC), The Governing Board has nominated members (Aurovilians and not Aurovilians) for these different working groups thus bypassing the due processes of Auroville Foundation and clearly bulldozing the very core of the self governance principles of Auroville as per the Foundation Act 1988. To know more about Auroville organisation: https://standforaurovilleunity.com/auroville-organisation/ To read the Foundation Act 1988: https://standforaurovilleunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/AV-Foundation-Act-1988.pdf To read the Rules of 1997: https://standforaurovilleunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Foundation-act-1997-gazetted.pdf

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June 8th, 2022

June 8th, 2022

Clarification on Working Committee and RoR In the light of the confusion surrounding the Working Committee of the Residents Assembly and the updating of the Register of Residents (RoR) by the office of the Secretary of the Auroville Foundation we feel the need to make this statement. Firstly, there is only 1 Working Committee of the Residents’ Assembly as per the recent RAD outcome. The confusion has arisen based on 3 unfortunate developments listed here. 1. The four ex-Working Committee members (removed by the RAD) had incorrectly used a clause in the PWG document (as confirmed by the Council) attempting to remove their fellow Working Committee members. The details of this error are 2-fold and can be shared at a later time if necessary. For the above point, it must be understood that the Council mandate states that the Council will “oversee the observance of policies and decisions approved by the RA in collaboration with the Working Committee and will address non-compliance with established Auroville policies”. As this clause is part of the Council mandate it clearly gives the presiding role of being the mandated group to oversee the…

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June 7th, 2022

June 7th, 2022

A letter has been sent on June 7th 2022 by the bona fide Working Committee of the Resident assembly to the secretary of the Governing Board  in response to the misleading reports made recently by the Office of the Secretary in regards to visas. This letter has been communicated to the Residents Assembly: Read the letter: https://standforaurovilleunity.com/blog/working-committee-letter-to-secretary-on-visas/

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June 13th, 2022

June 13th, 2022

1/ A writ petition* was filled by the Working Committee of Residents Assembly represented by Hemant L. member of the bona fide Working Committee of the Residents assembly today 13th June 2022 at High Court in Chennai. Our prayer to the honorable High Court is to forbear the Foundation from interfering with the work of the Residents Assembly and their lawful Working Committee. The undertaking of counsel for the 1st respondent, the Foundation has been recorded that no precipitate steps will be taken by the Auroville Foundation till the next hearing on Monday 20th June 2022 when the matter is to be taken up for final disposal. [*Writ in India is the formal order of the court…

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June 14th, 2022

June 14th, 2022

Clarification regarding questionable appointments of FAMC and ATDC by the office of the Secretary, from the Working Committee and the Auroville Council Clarification regarding questionable appointments of FAMC and ATDC by the office of the Secretary Dear Community, We know that the situation in Auroville is very confusing at the moment. The developments of recent times are obviously concerning to all, irrespective of where allegiances may lie or what the particular sentiments might be. The essential thing to understand is that the principles and spirit of Auroville’s purpose are endangered at present. It is not a personal matter but something that will affect all of us and Auroville’s trajectory for years to come. Unfortunately, there is a small segment of Aurovilians supported by the office of the new Secretary, who completely disregard the Residents’ Assembly (RA) and are orchestrating a takeover of the RA to establish a rein of control and authority over working groups against the collaborative spirit and functioning of Auroville, altering the role the RA has played since the Auroville Foundation Act came into effect. All this is driven by them claiming to…

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June 22nd, 2022

June 22nd, 2022

The Auroville Foundation Office has taken over the Auroville Archives*. Unknown and unauthorised persons have taken over the archives of Auroville, it has many personal contributions, persons are unable to retrieve their personal archives and material. An office order has been issued by the under secretary. this office order bypasses again the fundamentals of Auroville self governance, the Auroville Foundation Act 1988 and the Charter. The office order has no legal ground. In this office oder the under secretary illegally appointed 3 new persons to be the managers of the Auroville Archives,…

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June 24th, 2022

June 24th, 2022

Another office order has been issued by the Under Secretary of The Auroville Foundation Office which appoint a new management for the management of the building of theTown Hall. This office order is illegal and goes against the very core of Auroville principles and values. On office orders: https://standforaurovilleunity.com/blog/as-for-standing-orders/ The Auroville Charter On Auroville organisation

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June 24th, 2022

June 24th, 2022

Update from the Working Committee of the Residents’ Assembly regarding the court cases: We would like to update the community about the legal cases that are involving the Working Committee. A criminal case (FIR) with false allegations has been made by the Auroville Foundation Office against three Working Committee members (Chali, Hemant and Sauro) and three other Aurovilians (Renu, Suryan, Wazo). This criminal case was publicly supported in the press (The Hindu 24th May) by the members of the Working Committee that were dismissed by the Residents’ Assembly. We have approached the court to seek anticipatory bail in order to avoid arrest. Despite attempts by the Auroville Foundation to intervene and oppose anticipatory bail, the Madras High Court has granted it. This criminal case was based on the allegation that the Working…

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June 27th, 2022

June 27th, 2022

The dismissed and self appointed Working Committee supported by the Secretary of the Governing Board states: ” The Foundation Office communicated to us today that they are not going to accept visas recommendations with signatures by the previous WC#3 group. In a number of documents we crossed out the old names and put our names instead. This is not valid either. The request is to fill up a completely new document and send it to us for signature, as the Working Committee recognized by the Foundation. People with such forms are requested to redo their applications ASAP and send it to us. Sorry for the inconvenience.” This means that without the signature and only the signature of the not elected by the Residents Assembly working committee members, the same who have been dismissed by a proper Decision of the Resident Assembly, the Secretary will not issue the letter of recommendation…

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June 28th, 2022

June 28th, 2022

The Secretariat of the Auroville Foundation Office tries to take over the Land Board thus with an office order which is again invalid and illegal. Here is the immediate answer by the Auroville Council addressed to the community: https://standforaurovilleunity.com/blog/duly-appointed-ra-groups-and-services/ Consult the Land board mandate Landboard Selection process, 15.05.21 Landboard office order 2016  

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July 1st, 2022

July 1st, 2022

The Auroville Council are asked from the members illegitimately appointed by the Secretary of ACUR (management of the Town Hall building) to vacate from Town Hall by tomorrow noon.                    

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July 1st, 2022

July 1st, 2022

The bona fide Working Committee of the Residents Assembly adresses a letter to the Governing Board on 1st July 2022: Working Committee : Request to instruct the Office of the Secretary to refrain from issuing further office orders and and withdraw the issued office orders To the Honorable Chairman of the Governing Board, Mr. RN Ravi, Respected Chairman, We would like to bring to your notice a far-reaching crisis in the management of the internal affairs of Auroville that has created a serious impasse by infringing into the sphere of functioning of the Residents’ Assembly (RA) by the Office of the Secretary in the name of a not specified ‘Competent Authority’. Tasks and responsibilities such as the appointment of memberships of the working groups and issuing of office orders, which fall under the purview of the Residents’ Assembly or the Funds…

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July 2nd, 2022

July 2nd, 2022

Walk for Auroville unity Around 500 Aurovilians have gathered in response to the disharmony Auroville is currently facing. To counter the division which is being created with unity. Here is their statement read before the walk in English and Tamil: Dear Aurovilians, Dear brothers and sisters, Welcome everyone, its great to be here together with you! We will share a few words in English and in Tamil and then spend five minutes together in concentration before walking to the Banyan Tree for a silent meditation to invoke mother’s guidance for the residents of Auroville. (Section repeated in Tamil) We have gathered…

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July 4th, 2022

July 4th, 2022

Town Hall: Chief Security of Auroville Foundation Office comes to the Auroville Council Meeting room to ask that the AVC vacates the place or he would take the next step which is to call the police. He is with one of the illegally appointed members of ACUR (management of the Town…

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List of acronyms used

ATDC = Auroville Town Development Council

AVIB = Auroville International Board (AVI Centres)

GB = Governing Board

GM = General Meeting

IAC = International Advisory Council

NOC = Non-Objection Certificate

RA = Residents Assembly

RAD = Residents Assembly Decision-making meeting

WC = Working Committee

YC = Youth Centre