Issue No. 327, October 2016
The unique status of Auroville is its protection - An interview with Dr. Karan Singh
On September 8th, the Auroville community, in a public gathering at the Unity Pavilion, bade farewell to the members of the Governing Board whose term of office ends on October 28th. Auroville Today spoke to Dr. Karan Singh, who, except for a seven and a half year intermission, has been the Chairman of the Auroville Foundation from its inception. Auroville Today: You have chaired the Auroville Foundation from the beginning, with two intermissions when Dr. M.S. Swaminathan and later Dr. Kireet Joshi were Chairman. How do you assess the perception of the Foundation in the community today? Dr. Karan Singh: It has greatly evolved. Earlier, there were two sets of tensions. One was between the community and the Auroville Foundation; and the other within the community itself. Regarding the first, I believe that successive Governing Boards have managed to make people realise the importance of the Auroville Foundation. We have not been trying to i...