Talk:Ananda Marga

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Rewriting history section[edit]

I'm planning on incorporating information from an 1989 Hinduism Today article as well as more recent material. The remainder of the article has issues similar to what was fixed recently at PROUT, but I'd prefer to get the history section stabilized first before making the rest of the article more encyclopedic. Comments and discussion are welcome. Garamond Lethet
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13:07, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

I think several problems will disappear if this article focuses exclusively on Ananda-Marga-the-organization and Ananda-Marga-the-philosophy gets its own article or (more likely) gets folded into the Sarkar article. Garamond Lethet
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14:17, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Recent edits[edit]

Well, Ugog Nizdast, the article as it is right now is very biased. The lead is unequally and unevenly (principle of same weight) filled up and the titles as well seem to be directed in the same way. Something should be done to fix it. I've very short on time to make research. However I know that if the lead will be composed of 2 paragraphs only, one of them should not be about some controversial alleged terrorism activity, which has been falsified by evidence and testimony. --Universal Life (talk) 14:12, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

All I know is, that an entire chunk of unsourced information was added by a newuser who also changed the meaning/wording of some actual sourced content; to anybody, that would raise an alarm. Anyway, I agree that it's in a bad state (as with so many other Indian articles) and the lead second para maybe can be made into a sentence or better, expand the first para itself. I haven't checked what the sources say about these controversies and if you find that something is biased/misinterpreted please edit it. I don't see why time is a problem here and if you want, I can be of some help here. This article has been on my watchlist due to persistent anonymous vandalism some time ago. Sincerely, Ugog Nizdast (talk) 14:26, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
I understand. Thank you. I'll try to fix the problem as much as I can. --Universal Life (talk) 14:42, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

President[edit]

Ac Shradanandji is not the founder of the organisation. The text below his picture seems to suggest this . needs correction — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tapanvikas (talkcontribs) 08:44, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

Something is missing from the article[edit]

The article presents Ananda Marga as a peaceful, benevolent, and charitable organisation. Yet it lists three incidents (the Sydney Hilton bombing, the Bijon Setu massacre, and the Purulia arms drop case) which show that there has been powerful hostility towards Ananda Murga. It seems unlikely that this hostility is justified; but it exists, and it needs explaining. As the article is now, the reader is left with the impression that there is something fishy, there is information that has been concealed.

In the edit history, I found this:

Ananda Marga's history is not without controversy. From early on, Sarkar's criticism of the Hindu caste system, and active opposition to government corruption, both in the Congress Party, and in the Communist Party of West Bengal, earned him powerful enemies.

This seems like a fair and honest explanation of why a benevolent organisation has made enemies. I wonder why it was deleted. Maproom (talk) 07:16, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

After a web search, I have learned that Ananda Marga is not as peaceful as the article might lead you to think. Ignoring all the links to its own web sites, I found these:
  • link In December 1971, Sarkar was arrested along with several acaryas for abetting murder of six former disciples.
  • link Ananda Marga, a religious philosophy from India, is best known in Australia due to its alleged links to the deadly 1978 bombing of the Sydney Hilton hotel - the worst terrorist attack to take place on Australian soil.
  • link In the past 20 years [1969-1989] three major events stand out significantly:
  1. Anandamurti's 1971 arrest for murder.
  2. The 1971 exit of Anandamurti's wife from the organization following a sexual scandal.
  3. The Calcutta massacre of 17 Ananda Margiis in 1982.
  • link There are several allegations against them concerning the murder of apostates.
  • link In March 1975, the members of the group were reportedly charged for trying to assassinate former Chief Justice of India A N Ray.
  • link The CBI on Friday told a court here that former Railways Minister L. N. Mishra was killed in 1975 by a grenade allegedly hurled by Anand Marg followers who believed he was preventing the release of their spiritual guru from judicial custody.
Maproom (talk) 20:34, 8 July 2014 (UTC)