Issue No. 301, August 2014
“Have faith and stop criticising!”
Mr. N. Bala Baskar The term of office of Shri N. Bala Baskar, IAS (retd.) the Secretary to the Auroville Foundation, will end on August 16th. He had been Secretary from 1996 till 2001, and rejoined the Auroville Foundation on March 8th, 2012. Here he speaks about his experience during his second term. Auroville Today: On returning to this job, you predicted that your second innings would be harder than your first one. Were you correct? Mr. Bala Baskar: Yes, my prediction came true. My job has not been easy this time. But to expect a replay of the past is not logical. I have changed, and so have the Aurovilians. And perhaps your expectations of me have been too high. Someone told me jokingly that some people thought I could walk on water! What would you term your successes during this term of office? The success is that I have survived these years! Otherwise, I don’t think there are any great successes. What were the main challenges you encountered this time? Gener...