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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=429 align=justify border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=ld>Opposition demands probe into ISKCON affairs


</TD></TR><TR><TD height=15></TD></TR><TR><TD class=kicker>Bangalore, April 13: Opposition members in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Friday demanded a probe into the affairs of the Bangalore chapter of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), alleging that the organisation "looted thousands of crores" and denigrated the state's image at the international level.


J C Madhuswamy (JDU) and others who sought to move an adjournment motion on the affairs of the ISKCON, urged the government not to renew the agreement it had entered into for providing mid-day meal scheme to school children.


ISKCON caters to five lakh school children under its Akshaya Patre Programme in the state.


Madhuswamy, displaying the advertisements displayed by ISKCON in Europe and USA for raising funds, said it depicted India as a "hungry" country, which denigrated the nation's image.


Besides raising funds from donors, it also secured money at the rate of Rs six per child for providing food, while another NGO Adamya Chentana supplies food to two lakh children at a charge of Rs 3.60 per child.


ISKCON was also into real estate business and it has been building a five star hotel, constructing residential flats, a recreation club and a guest house, Madhuswamy charged and asked "Does ISKCON need all these ".


Bureau Report



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Well, Iskcon has done a lot of good charity work in India. Iskcon is also instrumental in bringing the message of Krishna to the whole world.


What Iskcon leaders have to do is to imbibe some good management and leadership skills, and get rid of the bad elements in Iskcon, which clearly goes against the teachings of Krishna.

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This is actually the personal demand of Srila Prabhupada, which he clearly instructed all his leaders personally.


30 years later, we have not seen this. There may be some isolated centers that comply with Srila Prabhupadas wishes, but all in all, their record, even in the last years of his appearance, is abyssmal on this front. And the reform movements carry the same baggage as well.


We wait, but better to get on with our lives, and understand that Srila Prabhupada is Guru, ISKCON is merely a tool for his preaching program, and may be used for both following and misleading (rememberance and forgetfulness).


haRE krsna, ys, mahaksadasa

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