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ISKCON Claims Tenancy, Not Ownership

by Bhima das, BBT India, Juhu, Mumbai, India

Posted July 7, 2011

By way of response to Sri Nirmal Chandra Goswami's complaint ("ISKCON vs. Radha Damodar Mandir"), Srila Prabhupada was renting two rooms in the Radha Damodara Temple even before he came to America. Srila Prabhupada continued to rent the rooms and instructed his disciples that they should always maintain the rooms where he stayed.

After Srila Prabhupada left, ISKCON became the tenant of the Radha Damodara Temple and maintained the worship of Srila Prabhupada in the two rooms where he had stayed.

Basically, when the rooms were under renovation, the Goswami put his lock on the door, restricting ISKCON from entering the rooms. In the court case there is absolutely no question of ISKCON owning the two rooms. Simply it is being maintained that ISKCON's rights as a tenant be respected.

Any compromise that has been suggested so far by Nirmal Chandra Goswami has not included the fact that ISKCON is the tenant and paying rent for those two rooms for the last 30 years. If the management of Radha Damodara is truly interested in a compromise, they should at least be ready to recognize the fact that ISKCON has some right to be in those rooms. Again ISKCON is not — I repeat, not — claiming ownership, only tenancy.

ISKCON has agreed to pay enhanced rent and a big deposit which Nirmal Chandra Goswami is demanding. Yet from his side, he is not ready to give ISKCON any legal status in those rooms. Without some sort of assurance that ISKCON won't be locked out again, it is absurd to expect ISKCON to agree to a compromise.

Please rest assured that ISKCON Vrindavan is ready to settle this matter out of court. However, there has to be some understanding in the agreement that ISKCON, as the tenant, can continue the seva puja of Srila Prabhupada in those two rooms.

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