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In the News:
2nd Day of the GBC meetings

by Janaka Mahajana Das
(Assistant GBC Secretariat)

Posted March 3, 2005

February 28 was the second day of the GBC meetings and was devoted entirely to a presentation by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. The purpose of the presentation was to "improve the relationship between the BBT and GBC."

The traditional opening kirtana and Bhagavatam reading were performed by BBT Trustee Jayadvaita Swami and GBC Chairman Praghosa Das respectively. After some general announcements from the Chairman, the stage was given to Brahma Muhurta Das, the North European BBT Trustee who coordinated the presentation with the technical help of Govinda Das, BBT International Secretary.

The rest of the morning was devoted to the highly professional multi-media presentation of the activities of the BBT, including videos of

And charts of

Some notable facts and figures from the presentation:

Several speakers from both the BBT and GBC body also spoke briefly:

News from the Deputies' meetings:

Yesterday, after the opening ceremony the GBC deputies met separately to help process the GBC proposals for this year. Of particular interest, the Deputies rejected the proposal aimed at suspending the GBC resolution regarding equal facility for Women in ISKCON. Furthermore, on similar lines, today the first of several meetings took place between devotees serving in ISKCON India and the Women's Ministry. This dialogue, aimed at increasing an understanding amongst these somewhat divergent groups, began by each participant being asked to share his or her realizations on the subject.

Topics included:

Attendees were Ravindra Svarupa Das, Malati Dasi, Laxmimoni Dasi, Bhaktarupa Das, Sudharma Devi Dasi, Devakinandana Das, Anuttama Das, Rasaraj Das, and Basu Ghosh Das.

--The GBC Secretariat