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AVC Report on Acceptance Community conflict

The Road To Human Unity

The Road Towards Human Unity

From AVC

Report on Acceptance Community conflict

It was end 2012 that the Council started to receive repeated complaints from both sides:

from Auroshree and Jayavel about Matej placing waste bins in a place used by J. for parking his car. Matej doesn’t want Jayavel’s car to be parked close to his house as he and his guests do not like to see it across the fence (there is a fence around their house, the rest of the community is open).

Auroshee complained about Matej and his guests’ behaviour towards them and their kids, for example telling the kids their father is a crook and filming them without permission. Matej started to send emails with photos of the overturned waste bins to all the AV International centers and outside personalities.

The Council met both parties soon after receiving those complaints and 4 members went on site. During this visit they met with Jayavel, then with Monica and Dalai, Matej being absent.  After speaking with both parties an alternative site for the waste bins was allocated at the entrance of the community, to be used by all. Monica admitted that during the cyclone Jayavel has been a great support and help.

Dalai mentioned that when they were living in the village and had this kind of neighboring problems they just had to call the police to remove the car. He also mentioned that now that they have invested so much money in this house they cannot move out anymore. When Dalai spoke about police, Council members tried to explain that in Auroville we are looking for different ways of addressing conflicts, through dialogue and mediation.

In that meeting on site, Monica said that they were going to buy a new car and park it where J. parks his car. Dalai told her  “do not be weird; we can park the car inside in the specially built garage.”

A few days later, the new car arrived; as it is the “smallest car in India” there was space to park it inside their compound. When Matej parked his car in the space usually used by Jayavel,  Auroshee called AVC members to see for themselves what they considered to be a provocation; 2 members of the Council went there and left. Jayavel then called his friends who came and tried to remove the car.

It is the next evening that it came to a physical shoving and pushing and some slaps between Jayavel, Auroprem, Kalya and Dalaj and Matej which were filmed by Matejs friends. AVC asked everyone to calm down for a week and that nobody should park their car in that place, the time to meet with all the parties involved. We spoke firmly against violence in Auroville. After this first meeting some members of both parties met at the Morgan Cafe, had coffee together and shook hands.

In the meantime Matej wrote to the Slovenian Embassy and the Secretary of Auroville Foundation about the violence. He considered that his life and his friends’ lives were threatened and that Auroville was doing nothing to defend them. He decided to file a case at the police station denouncing Jayavel, Auroshree, Auroprem, and Kalya. After the complaint (FIR) was filed, policemen came regularly to Auroshree and Javavel’s house sometimes when they were not at home, which was frightening for their children. Since then, the situation is very tense between the  neighbours, with constant provocations from both sides.

The AVC has repeatedly called Matej to come forward to sit for mediation, and Jayavel, Auroprem, Auroshree and Kalya were ready to go for it and were waiting for settling the situation without involving the police, but Matej refused as he considers that the W.C. and AVC were not doing enough to guarantee his safety. He now wants only communications in writing as he does not trust Auroville groups.

Jayavel, Auroprem, Auroshee and Kalya stated that they have no problem with Matej but that they find the behavior of guests of Matej in this situations as not appropriate.

The issues about separating wastes and finding a place for parking can be found in many places in Auroville and fortunately do not lead to such confrontation and escalation of violence. The root is deeper and it is about people from different backgrounds and cultures learning to respect each other and living together peacefully. Guests of India and of Auroville have to double their efforts when it comes to this mutual understanding. It is one of the challenges of Auroville, unity through diversity and about Aurovilians being convinced of human unity.

The Auroville Council is clear in its stand that violence has no place in Auroville, but considers that to spread emails and postings accusing others without proof, posting half truths and publishing criminal activities that happen in or around Auroville and have nothing to do with the concerned Aurovilians  is also to be seen as an aggression. It is moreover also an act of aggression towards Auroville itself as it is giving a distorted and negative image of Auroville.

The AVCouncil is proposing that on behalf of the community both parties take responsibility for their acts,  write an apology to the community for their actions and pledge their commitment towards the aim of Auroville: Human Unity.

We welcome any help and proposals from Aurovilians to address issues of violence in Auroville. We especially invite those who post their dissatisfaction on the Net and seem to know a way to handle the situation. We are ALL concerned.

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Aurovillenews (Unofficial) editors note:

” The best way to resolve any problem in the Human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.”

The Dalai Lama

AVC, WC announcement

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Statement from the Auroville Council and the Working Committee of Auroville.

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An announcement from the Working Committee and the Auroville Council

Matej, an Aurovilian and his three guests, Monica, Dalai and Miranda have recently published a blog on internet on the conflict which occurred between themselves and other Aurovilians  and sent it as well to different authorities outside Auroville. In this blog, Auroville is described as a place where violent events happen frequently, facts are distorted and Aurovilians are exposed to defamation. It is unacceptable that guests of Auroville – frequently calling themselves residents – attempt to damage the reputation of Auroville.

Therefore, Monica Dalai and Miranda are not welcome anymore in Auroville. They will not be allowed to use Auroville guests’ facilities and are asked to move to a place outside Auroville.

We appeal to the support of the community in this matter.
The issue of violence from Aurovilians in Acceptance community is still followed up very seriously by the Auroville Council and the community will be informed.

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http://www.Aurovillenews.wordpress.com Thanks The Auroville Council and the Working Committee for bringing out this statement. Finding the real story behind will be required.

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Safecity – Pin The Creeps!

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Happy Birthday Auroville

Auroville at 45

Happy Birthday Auroville February 28 2013

Aurovillenews wishes Auroville

A happy Birthday.

Aurovillenews would like to thank all those who have been and are at the present involved with Auroville.

45 Years Ago Auroville was just an area on a sun backed red earth Plateau, even in old historic maps found the area was referred to as the “RED HILLS” Things have surely changed in 45 year.

Now 45 years later Auroville stands as a beacon of what can be done in Reforestation and water and soil Management. But the work is still in Progress. To some Progress is efficient roads and well managed traffic and to others progress is to let Nature do as it pleases. Over 45 years people have come to this desolate spot on the planet to work towards a dream, a Dream of true human unity and without a shadow of a doubt Auroville has always emerged victories to work and mold to over come obstacles in ways that allot of other intentional communities around the Planet would either buckle at the knees or close shop.

Auroville has its fare share of problems and obstacles that are on the path of the project. The work that Auroville and its inhabitants, is to find a way that will bring all sides together. That’s the work that is in front of the the Project called Auroville.

There is an older generation of Aurovilian who would like to see the city built according to plans that were made 4.5 decades ago, and there are others who see a more inclusive progressive approach. Let this year bring everything on the table so that collectively Auroville can develop in a beautiful harmonious way.

Happy Birthday Auroville.

Auroville ONE BILLION RISING

AUROVILLE ONE BILLION RISING TODAY

At the Eucalyptus Grove Between Certitude and Solar Kitchen.
Auroville Community is Joining this Global event Today.

Thursday 14th February. Time: 4 -5 pm Please come and Participate if you are in the Area. See the Image too.

LETS COME TOGETHER!

Auroville One Billion Rising -  Feb 14th 2013

Auroville One Billion Rising – Feb 14th 2013

Aurovillenews (unofficial) 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Auroville Marathon 2013

Aurovillenews would like to congratulate all the runners of the 6th Annual Auroville Marathon
There were 3000 runners who ran the Marathon on Sunday the 10th of February 2013. Aurovillenews would like to thank the Auroville Community and the organizers of the Marathon. This is a short note. more news will follow. Quiz time: Who won the 6th Auroville Marathon ? send in your answers to aurovillenews@gmail.com

Auroville electricity situation

Power Cuts in Tamil Nadu – Background Information

As everyone would have undoubtedly noticed, the power situation has become very critical with only 9 – 12 hours of power available per day. This is the situation all over Tamil Nadu with the exception of Chennai where power is switched off for 1 – 2 hours only.

The power situation in Tamil Nadu was already critical with a shortfall of 3,000 MW (27%) on an average and has

become still worse, mainly for the following reasons:

1. Dependence on Wind Energy – end of the wind season

The Tamil Nadu electricity grid relies heavily on wind energy due to delays in planning and implementation of other electrical generation projects. On some days the wind energy contribution to the Tamil Nadu grid was in the order of 40% of the total generation. The windy season ended mid-September and the contribution from wind energy came down to less than 5%. (Yesterday, 13-10-2012 it was only 1.46 MU (million units) out of a total of 176.90 MU). Since Tamil Nadu has no other available electricity generation sources to replace the wind energy contribution, the drop in wind energy translated into a huge shortfall in generation capacity.

2. New Unscheduled Interchange Regime

Tamil Nadu gets an allocation from the central pool of electricity generation. This pool includes stations like Neyvelli, Kalpakkam, Ramagundam. These power stations feed into the southern grid and each state gets an allocation from the pool. Allocations are scheduled for 15 minute time blocks for each day. Any power drawn in excess of (or below) the allocated quantity in each 15 minute time block is known as “Unscheduled Interchange”, or “UI”. The amount of UI charges that a beneficiary has to pay is related to the grid frequency. The standard frequency is 50Hz and a frequency below 50 Hz indicates that the grid is getting overloaded, while a frequency above 50Hz means that there is excess generation. So if TNEB overdraws while the grid frequency is 49.4 Hz it pays higher UI charges than when they overdraw when the grid frequency is 49.8 Hz.

The amount of UI charges and related frequency bands are fixed by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) in Delhi. In a notification in March 2012, CERC tightened the UI regime in an attempt to get better grid discipline. The frequency at which UI charges go into a higher slab was raised from 49.5 to 49.7 Hz. TNEB went to court against this order but lost the case in August 2012. As a result the tighter UI norms became applicable in Tamil Nadu from 01-09-2012. This means that the state load despatch centre in Chennai gives unscheduled load shedding instructions to TNEB substations as soon as grid frequency goes below 49.7 Hz while earlier this was done at 49.5 Hz. In addition to heavy UI charges, beneficiaries of the central pools also risk disconnection or automatic tripping of major inter-state transmission lines or a collapse of the entire southern grid if the grid frequency is too low.

3. Delays in new power projects

A number of new power projects are in the pipe line but all of them suffer from delays for various reasons. Tamil Nadu will need to add 4,000 – 5,000 MW of generation capacity to get out of the present huge shortfalls.

4. Generation Plants under repair or maintenance

As of today (14-10-2012) about 420 MW of Tamil Nadu generation capacity is under maintenance or repair (Ennore: 2 x 110 MW, Mettur: 210 MW). In Neyvelli one unit of 250 MW is under forced outage from March 2012 due to a mechanical defect.

5. Coal Linkages

Both government-owned and private sector power stations have been facing coal shortages thereby reducing plant load factors.

Purchases from the private sector

To partially overcome these huge shortages, TNEB buys every day power from private power companies through energy exchanges. The prices at which this power is available depends on demand and supply. The price for today’s (14-10-2012) evening peak (19:00h – 21:00h) for example is Rs 9.01 per kWh (against an average billing rate of Rs. 4.99 at which TNEB sells power to the consumers). Last Friday the evening peak rate was Rs. 9.51 per kWh.

The way forward

The Tamil Nadu Government and TNEB are making efforts to accelerate the completion of power projects under construction and to fast track new projects. Efforts for a higher allocation from the central sector pool are also being made.

Power Grid Corporation of India is strengthening the north-south transmission corridor so that more power can flow from the western, eastern and northern grids to the south and vice versa. This is one of the last steps in the creation of a national grid.

When the grid becomes stable and reliable, renewable energy sources including grid connected rooftop solar systems can inject energy into the grid thereby making it less dependent on fossil fuels. (For the time being renewable energy cannot displace large scale generation capacity but it can help in reducing the consumption of fossil fuels. In other words: at this stage, renewable energy cannot replace kilowatts but it can replace kilowatt-hours).

These measures will not give immediate relief though and whatever relief comes, will be in small steps. Article from the Intranet.

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