The Future? of the
Adyar Theosophical Society
Letter of Complaint
Yet another source of
bullying at Adyar.
Below is a copy of a letter of complaint
about staff treatment by, and behaviour of, the Adyar Estate General Manager Mr
S Harihara Raghavan, written in November 2013 by 83 year old former Adyar
employee, MR D V Subramaniam, who was also an officer in the Indian Air Force.
I have included both a copy of the letter and my own transcript. I do not know
who has seen this letter, or precisely to whom it was addressed, but I
understand that Mr Subramaniam wanted the letter made public after his death,
and sadly he died shortly after writing this letter.
In transcribing the letter, I have left
some gaps where words were either unclear or may be Indian English words, with
which I am unfamiliar.
Mr Subramaniam was an officer in the IAF
Ė Indian Air Force
D V Subramaniam
I am a life members of the TS
I was discharged from the IAF on
transfer to pension establishment on 6/4/67. I held a senior Commisioned Rank
in the IAF (Police) and had considerable experience in Field Security, VIP
Security and Counter-Intelligence.
I have 32 years of TS service in
various departments. While training our law instructor ingrained in us the
imperative need to stick to truth while tendering evidenceeven if it means the
failure of our in a court of law. I follow this dictum in life.
I came across Brother S
Hariahraraghavan in 1986 and closely followed his activites. When I resigned as
Security Officer in 1995 (after 10 years), I was superintent of the
Mov.Projector Dept (96-98) and later went to the Garden Department with Sri
Harihararaghavan as superintendent.
He was never concerned about the
upkeep operation. He destroyed the garden. One day I caught him at his house
watching TV while he informed methat he was going on rounds. His falsehood was
detected by me. This is the commitment he had to his duties. I told him that it
was unbecoming of a TS member to behave thus.
Qualification acquired by sheer fluke
accident or unscrupulous methods does not necessarily mean administrative skill
or ability to lead people.
A casual perusal of the records and
appraisal chart his performance from those who had the misfortune of working
under him would more than testify to his shabby handling of† ______ with utter disregard to human
niceties. He has two sets of behavioural standards. With those who are above
him, he will stoop to the lowest level to gain their confidence and favour and
use this proximity to harass, humiliate and insult those who had the misfortune
of working under him.
On quite many occasions, I had
brought this to the attention of the late President Radha Burnier. I exposed
many of his lies and she was not in disagreement with me. On one occasion, I
bluntly told her that if allowed unchecked, he would cause unbearable wrongful
loss to the TS and eventually _____the estate one day. He does not have any
hesitation in uttering falsehood and gaining undeserved confidence
A survey of the opinion of those who
worked under him would establish his arrogance _____towards those who cannot
complain for fear of reprisal.
In the best interest of the TS, it is
imperative that he is not allowed to handle sensitive issues of TS. Further
damage must be arrested.
A mere paper qualification is not
enough for a good administration/leader. He does not have any managerial qualities
necessary for efficient administration.He does not have the courage to express
honest dissent with superiors for fear of falling out of their favor. The above
is my experience with Mr Harihararaghavan over 27 years. A quick action to
arrest further deterioration is the need of the hour to preserve the TS.
From 2008 til date I have donated
to TS Education Rs70000
I solemnly affirm that the above is a
Brother S Harihararaghavan is a
person who would not hesitate to kick the ladder which elevated him to
undeserved heights. In doing so, he would not have the compunction and concern
for the dictates of his conscience. It is a pity that such a person is depended
upon to accomplish responsible and fair tasks expected to fulfil the objects of
the Society. In the Armed Forces, the views and sufferings of persons working
under individuals were considered for appraisals before promotions and rewards.
It is unfortunate that such an incompetent person has escaped critical scrutinizing
at many levels.
D V Subramaniam
He tends to devote more time in
finding faults with others than doing anything useful to the TS.
The phrases ďthose who cannot complain for fear of reprisalĒ and ďto harass, humiliate and insult those who had the misfortune of working
under himĒ highlight a recurring
theme present in the current allegations regarding staff treatment at Adyar.
This is yet another
source of information
bullying at Adyar.
the new President listening?
the General Council members listening?
June 3rd† 2014
Theosophy News Board
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Theosophical Society Issues
The Tekels Park
A family has been evicted from their home at Tekels Park
a Tekels Park Estate Limited director wanted to live in
The Future ? of
Adyar Theosophical Society
Will there be an Adyar Free Future?
Adyarís Slightly International Convention
President of Nothing
Membership Decline Ė The
Elephant in the Room
The True Status of the
Adyar Theosophical Society Members
The Voice of Stagnation
Tekels Park & Dead Animals
An Extra Box on the Ballot Paper
Suggestion for the 2014 Adyar Theosophical Society
International Presidential Election
A Society Without Members
Is the 2014 Adyar Presidential Election Invalid?
Radha Burnier Employment
Radha Burnierís policy of allocating jobs to members of her own
family turned the
Adyar Headquarters into the family firm.
How many suitable
applicants were discounted so that
could give a job to a family member?
Donít Just Do Nothing
of decline and stagnation leading the
Theosophical Society to the verge of evaporation
disintegration, the leadership have so far shown no
sign of coming up
with a strategy for ensuring the
the Society as a unified body.
Adyar, the Sole Purpose of Adyar
Theyíll Knock Adyar Down?
Save Radhaís House
the Adyar eliteís stately home is under threat
land purchase and can be saved by convincing the
it is in fact an international headquarters (if true)
may have given
the Theosophical Society members a brilliant
get Adyar off their backs.
If not true then
it looks like blackmail
Ignore the Voters
and Get Elected
An overview of
the Adyar Theosophical Society
What an Insult to Members
to vote for candidates while withholding
information indicates an utter contempt by
for the general membership
of the Tekels Park Deer
Here is a link to a short film of the
Tekels Park Deer
posted by a Camberley resident.
Everyone opposed to the killing of
the Tekels Park animals
will want to see this.
International Election Protocol
This is only an
idea for consideration but if the Theosophical elite
continue to treat
the members with the current levels of indifference and
contempt for the
duration of this election then the Adyar Theosophical
Society will be
an empty shell by the time it is completed.
The secrecy with
which the Adyar Theosophical Society
conducts the Societyís affairs is legendary.
Is this secrecy
for its own sake or are some serious
suppressed and kept beyond discussion?
Banging the Drum for Theosophy
Looking forward to the post Adyar era
Burnier Town Hall
Family control of
Adyar has reduced the members
of the General
Council to the status of town hall officials.
Silence by elected management cheats
the members out of participating in
running of their own organisation
Keeping the International Headquarters at
It may not be
The International President
The General Council
An idea for
What is Behind the
Theosophical Society ruling elite denies
members the right
to be consulted on issues and the
ability to convey
their views directly to the leadership.
Why does the
leadership of an organisation
treat its members
like this in the modern era?
Towards a New Model for Theosophy
Theosophical Society Leadership
itself within a cult of superiority
while the Society
evaporates around it.
Society can survive but not
in the current
Choose a Stooge
When the Issues
Is this what is
on offer to the Adyar Theosophical
members from a ruling elite
that has a
different agenda from that of the Society?
SHUT UP & VOTE
This election is
really inconvenient for the
leadership, isnít it?
Why are the
members being hustled into blind
What are the
leadershipís post-election plans?
Members No Longer Members
of their Own Society
in the presidency, during which
discussed, is the only course of action
with a chance of
saving the Adyar Theosophical
Society as a
Now Hereís Something Worth
Keeping Quiet About
Are there plans
to sell Adyar without
Is There Hidden
shutdown combined with a total
suggests a serious hidden issue
and an intense
fear of revealing it.
Control Adyar or
You Control Nothing
Is the self
imposed isolation of the General Council effectively
resignation as they have found, after the death of
that establishing control of Adyar is too difficult?
Well Done! CVK Maithreya
Killing the Adyar Theosophical Society.
candidates are as much victims of the
silence rule as are the members.
The silence rule
also seeks to establish General Council
control over the
Make Way for the Messiahs
Have the Esoteric
Section and the
merged into one body?
Does Silence Mean
for the Adyar Theosophical Society?
presented plans for the future, in
General Council instructions.
of discussion mean that the
Society doesnít have a future?
Accountable Leadership Urgently Required
Council has abused its power
by putting itself
A new leadership
is needed, and fast.
No replies to
Do the members
still have a Society?
Those who have
kept the Society time warped
in the 1930s now
have the task of introducing
reform and they
obviously donít want to do it.
Beggars at the Door
Left sitting out
in the cold and starved of information,
realise how the General Council regards them
Why not include this picture in any information
request to General Council
officers as an
indication of how members feel they are being treated.
Or just send the picture anyway.
From The Top Down
The Adyar Theosophical
Society is decades
out of date and
desperately in need of reform
starting with getting
rid of a leadership that
refuses to be
accountable to the members.
Who Owns Adyar?
The Royal Court of Radha Burnier
General Council Meeting 2013
Making it a bit obvious arenít you?
Disgraceful Treatment of an
A woman sacked
and evicted for complaining.
Given 13 days to get
out of her home.
The Preethi Muthiah Letters
Tell A Very Sad Tale
About General Council Meetings
Looks like there
has been some attempt
by a General
Council member to promote
reform within the
2012 Meeting Minutes
Make Your Wife
Adyar Internal Problems
that the General Council
Is Adyar Still The Headquarters?
Or why donít you
to recover Adyar
for the members?
Good Campaign Pitch, Mr Singhal
Adyar Prepares for the Break-Up
Profile of Adyar
From a Victim
Adyar Family Appointment
A Job for Your Daughter
Another Family Power Appointment
For your Daughter
By Singapore Lodge
Triumph of the Weak
Donít expect the
to do anything if
the election is bent
Adyar Job News
You donít need a
You donít need a
If your nameís
Itís job number
No Stand For Democracy
An appraisal of
the General Councilís commitment
the Adyar Theosophical Society
as a democratic
But Vote Anyway
A Society Without Leadership
Nobody sees it,
Nobody hears from it
Is it hiding somewhere?
Does it exist?
Who will Believe It?
Even if the
presidential election is correct and above board,
the confidence in
the General Council has fallen so low
wonít believe it.
Havenít members been
cheated for long enough?
Long Tradition of
Preethi Muthiah has
highlighted an endemic problem at Adyar,
which the General
Council has ignored for many years.
There are still
no plans implement a grievance procedure and
policy at Adyar.
Of lady over 70 from her job at Adyar
True Purpose of the
What the paying
members want has little to do with
this election, as
the silence and lack of information show.
The real purpose
of this election is for the General Council
to deliver the
candidate that the Adyar ruling elite wants.
What Makes this Election Invalid?
Was Your Vote Counted?
Was your vote
forwarded to Adyar?
Was the election
background of silence, a court case and
irregularities, these are fair questions.
Not Being at Adyar
Well, itís much
easier than being a real president
Democracy in the Adyar Theosophical Society
Is That All?
No Right To Complain
Well, what can
you expect in an organisation where
regards the membership as ballast
Doubts about the
integrity of the election
unresolved, rendering the result invalid.
A Private Function
The Ballast now know
their true status
While the President Creeps into Office
Itís Silence as Usual
By the Adyar
Theosophical Society ruling elite.
No hurry to prove
the election result
But a real hurry
to get the president installed
Who Can Support
Shut Up & Pay Up
Theosophical Society has become
Doubts about the
election result will
Presidentís job impossible.
Adyar & the
US each have
Half a President
The White Lotus Hi-Jack
White Lotus Day
as a personal
What was the
Is this the
Great Wheaton Rip-Off?
Questions now arise over allocation of Wheaton
resources by a two job president
Master of the
Launches New Presidency
The Adyar Payments Scam
CVK Maithreya Deserved
The exclusion of
Mr Maithreya from the rushed
an insult to him and his supporters
Is This The
of the Adyar Theosophical Society?
And if so, itís a
very ugly face
Is Wheaton Set To Support Adyar?
A two job
president will produce a massive conflict
of interest that
will divide the American Section
CVK Maithreya is
Who's the Guy in
Why was Campaigning Banned
During the 2014 Election?
General Manager reports former
Accountant to the police,
detention and two days of interrogation.
makes serious allegations
against the Adyar
Estate General Manager.
Did the 2014
Presidential Election take place in a
Climate of Fear
Police Action Threatened
Over Someone Elseís Car
ďIf we hand over
the vehicle to the police things will be worseĒ
on dealing with
allegations about a reign of terror at Adyar
are lodged with
the International President.
There is no
response, just silence.
The Prisoner of Adyartraz
allegations surround the treatment of staff and
Society members at Adyar, but members find
that the elected
president is unable to do anything.
against Adyar Estate General Manager,
Mr S Harihara
Raghavan over staff bullying
and threats of
imprisonment are not new.
letters and articles clearly
indicate that the
issue has been around for some years
More Info Needed
As it stands only
56% of the poll and 49% of the final vote
can be verified
by section leaderships on the current information.
One Man, One Vote
nominates only one candidate for
Vice-President and expects the
members to vote for him.
Poor Adyar Future
As many ask if it
is safe to go to Adyar.
An idea for
Council Should Allow
Not Proven President
Amnesty International is widely
supported by members
and official policy of an
organisation that refuses
to investigate allegations, that its
own staff and members
are bullied by the use of threats of
Did you get an
Did you know you were cordially invited to the
bargain basement presidentís cut price inauguration?
Serious Concerns Raised
About the Conduct of the
2014 Presidential Election
2014 Election Result?
The only option is to
Do It Again
With proper safeguards this time
Indian General Secretary tells the Indian
Section Council that he is nominating
Tim Boyd Ė no discussion Ė no consultation
January 24th 2014
With the unresolved issues raised at that time,
the election clearly should not have gone ahead.
That Never Was
Tim Boyd airbrushes his rushed inauguration from
That Cannot be Ignored
Relating to the conduct of the 2014
submitted to Chittaranjan Satapathy
by South African
General Secretary, Jack Hartmann on
March 16th 2014
It becomes clear that the election
valid evidence for misconduct but
Rubber Stamped by General Council
The Election Result
Pending an Enquiry
Krishnaphani Kesiraju calls on the
to act as a governing body
Call for Action
East and Central Africa
As the Adyar Theosophical Society
governing body refuses to govern.
Raise the White Flag
Admit it General Council, being the governing body of the
Adyar Theosophical Society is too difficult for you.
True to form, one
month has elapsed and
the President and
General Council have failed to
investigate Mr M
Kannanís allegations of bullying.
The 2014 Election
Council was confronted with considerable
evidence that the
election was bent but just stood there
and let it go
Links to other
The Future of the Adyar Theosophical Society
"There is no
religion higher than truth!"
Adyar Theosophical Society has
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Asia-East and Southeast
Bolivia Brazil Canada
Colombia Costa Rica Croatia
Dominican Republic England
France Germany Greece
Iceland India Indonesia
Israel Italy Ivory Coast
Netherlands New Zealand
Orlando Pakistan Peru
Portugal Puerto Rico
Russia Scotland Slovenia
Sri Lanka Sweden Switzerland
Ukraine USA Uruguay Wales
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