Land in India
In the past year or so we have received quite a few
emails from a person in India who told us that he wants
to give some land to the Mission.
However, he never answered our replies to his emails.
We concluded that the person who is sending these emails
is not receiving our replies. So we decided to ask
our members for help.
Around fifteen people wrote this person and some gave
him our phone number. We then received a call from
him. We all were excited and started talking to
him about how we can go about doing this. We also
started researching the ownership of land in India by
people and/or organizations that are not Indian.
We found out it is not allowed under Indian law.
We told him this. He said the way he does it is
the old fashioned way that has been done in that culture
for years. That is, we sign a contract of transfer
of the land in front of the people in the village where
the land is located. So everyone would know that
the land is ours and that would be the end of it.
When we said that this does not seem legal and binding
he told us that he had done this with other people as
well. He gave us the name and information of a
lady in the US to whom he had already given some land
and a small temple!
We called her and she confirmed that, yes he did and she
is traveling to the land and the temple soon. She
also said she was planning on becoming an Indian
citizen. Our understanding was that in this way
she would take full, legal control of the land.
As we continued communicating with the person who had
offered the land to the Mission, he
started talking about sending him some money and helping
him with his charitable works, etc. He would not
satisfactorily answer the questions we had and sometimes
it was hard to understand what he was saying.
So Maitreya eventually decided that we
needed a local person to deal with the situation
directly. After asking people we knew in the
Mission and finding no one who could
help, Maitreya asked His Indian friend
Satish (the same person who was instrumental in
Maitreya joining Ananda Marga) for help.
He put us in touch with a lawyer who works close to
where the person who offered the land lives.
The lawyer suggested that this person transfer the land
to him (as he is an Indian citizen) and then he would
lease the land to us for 99 years and make it
perpetually renewable. Since Maitreya
trusts Satish completely, we agreed.
However, when the lawyer told this person how we wanted
to do it, he said he did not want to give the land to an
Indian. He would only give it to people from the
After meditating on this matter for a while, a very
practical and doable solution emerged. We told
this person: How about you lease it to us with the same
requirements for 99 years (perpetually renewable, etc.)!
It was then that he returned with a different attitude
and said he was going to give the land to someone who
would do it his way. We said fine and indeed left him to
Our conclusion was that he is looking for people to
develop his land for him while he retains complete
control over it. If he ever decided to take the
land back, there would be no legal basis for the 'owner'
from another country (in this case people from the west,
and hopefully with a lot of money) to keep the land.
So the developed land would return to him, improved
beyond his wildest imagination. This conclusion
was confirmed by our lawyer as this is a common practice
Thanks God for His Grace and Wisdom, and Satish and his
lawyer friend (who charged us nothing for his services),
God Bless them both, for helping us so that we found out
all we wanted to know about this person and wasted very
little time and resources on a sham.
Be aware of those who come to you in sheep's clothing but