Institution Confirms Pandits "AWOL"
Date 2014/1/27 20:32:47 | Topic: Hindu Press International
UNITED STATES, January 27, 2014 (The Hindu): The Iowa-based institutions of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi have confirmed that at least 130 Indian religious scholars known as Vedic pandits have gone missing in recent years, after arriving in the U.S. to pursue programs of religious learning, even as one of the institutions' officials described some media reports alleging ill-treatment as "replete with falsehoods" and "defamatory."
In an email to The Hindu, William Goldstein, Dean of Global Development and General Counsel to the Maharishi University of Management, based in Fairfield, Iowa, said the Global Country of World Peace (GCWP), the U.S. organisation sponsoring the pandits' R-1 visas and their stay, had not received any prior communication from the scholars before they went "AWOL."
It appears that though the transfer program began in 2006, the bulk of disappearances occurred only in the last few months. Mr. Goldstein said while they did not know for sure what they pandits were doing after their departure from the Vedic city, but suspected that many of them were "working simple jobs in restaurants as the ones who have returned or the few we have information on seem to have followed that pattern."