Auroville, cynosure of the world
“Human unity is the first step towards a better world” |
140 commercial units operate in Auroville
Township planned for 50,000 people
— Photo: T. Singaravelou
R. Meenakshi, an Aurovillian, addressing a press conference at
Auroville in Puducherry on Monday.
PUDUCHERRY: Travelling through a challenging and progressive path in
the last 40 years, Auroville is moving towards forming a new society, a
new way of living. The world is closely looking at Auroville for its
efforts to find a new society, a panel of Aurovillians said on Monday.
Addressing a press conference here, member of the Outreach Media
team of Auroville, Mauna van der Vlugt, said mankind is looking for a
new unifying approach to tackle issues such as climatic changes and
population explosion. Human unity is the first step towards a better
With around 2,000 residents from more than 40 countries, the
Auroville community has a double role, secretary of Auroville
International, Friederike Muhlhans, said. “We have to bring Auroville
in contact with the outside world and bring the world in contact with
Auroville,” she added.
Ms. Muhlhans said people are longing for an approach to bring the human family together and so they look forward to Auroville.
More than 140 commercial units operate in Auroville, including
handicrafts, food processing, clothing and architecture, with 5,000
people employed here.
Aurovillian R. Meenakshi said the villages around Auroville have accepted them and also support the works.
“The township is planned for 50,000 people and has four zones –
international, cultural, industrial and residential. Efforts are on to
introduce guidelines keeping in mind the ecological concerns,”
architect Lalit Kishore Bhati said.
Experiments, with vast range of aspects in green constructions and earth constructions, are part of the township.
Aiming at a cashless economy, the Aurovillians said people working
there are either self-maintained or maintained by the community.
“We brought in a new structure where there is no need for exchange
of money. When provided what you need, you work for developing
yourself. This simplifies life and there is less stress. Possessing
money is suddenly not needed and this new system is spreading,” the
Auroville will celebrate 40 years on February 28. Starting with a
bonfire and kolam ceremony, there will be a symposium on the theme of
‘Auroville and the Ideal of Human Unity.’
The celebrations will end with a cultural performance by Mallika Sarabhai and her troupe on ‘Savithri, Flame of the Future.’
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