Kausthub Desikachar: “Positive Beginning” or Whitewashing?

The numerous reports of sexual abuse by Kausthub Desikachar went public in October 2012. Just six months later, on April 14, 2013, Kausthub announced in a letter and on his website that he was back to a “positive beginning.” (READ: Kausthub’s “Positive Beginning” letter)

It is notable that he does not deny his sexual misconduct at all. In fact, he says:

“I wholeheartedly repent for what has happened.”

The entire letter is about Kausthub Desikachar, his problems, and his return.

“I have suffered significant losses…”

“I have gained deep insights… But getting there has not been easy.”

How about the victims? They have, presumably, not suffered, and have had it easy?

“I am happy to have put in place dependable frameworks that help avoid such situations in future.”

This was when the KHYF was being run by proxy, essentially, by his mother. What frameworks were there? What were the checks and balances and external oversight on his conduct? In fact, we don’t see any even now.

A few brief lines about how others are affected, and he is sorry, is as far as the letter goes in acknowledging the trauma and suffering inflicted on others.

This alone should raise serious red flags who question the victims in Kausthub Desikachar’s case: this letter and other emails from him are essentially an admission of his misconduct.

Yet, there is nothing about restitution for victims.

The rest of the letter is an announcement that he has come out a better teacher in just six months and that he is back to teaching officially.

A positive beginning in six months for someone who seems to have offered no restitution for victims. On nothing more than his word.

Or would it be more accurate to call it whitewashing by the abuser and his enablers?

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