International Organizations section, the Canadian Pavilion, Sermons from Science and others, with negative results. Finally, fed up with waiting for the India Pavilion's new Exhibitions Director to be appointed, I phoned Mr. K. S. Luthra, Under Secretary to the Government of India and representative of the Commissioner General of India for Expo '67.
"What do you wish to see me about?" he asked.
"Space in your Pavilion for Meher Baba, " I said.
"I've heard of him. I've read his book ... the one with his picture on the cover."
It sounded like the parting of the Red Sea waters! But then Mr. Luthra added that all space in the Pavilion had been taken for months. Hearing my disappointment, he suggested I write to officials in New Delhi. My letter read: "So our great master, Meher Baba, might be represented among the religions and nations of the world at Expo '67, I spoke with your able representative, Mr. K. S. Luthra, to see if friends and I could rent 500-600 square feet in your Pavilion. To my astonishment and disappointment, he advised that all your space was taken long ago. He kindly gave me your address, however, that I might express this disappointment to you, as well as the wish that even a niche for Baba might be found under your roof—a site which The Beloved has already approved."
On August 31st, I visited Mr. Luthra in his downtown office. A grey-haired, bespectacled, very vigorous man, he showed keen interest in two things: Adi's June 11th letter approving space in the India Pavilion and Dr. C. D. Deshmukh's story, Sri Upasni Maharaj, Part II, which appeared in the same issue of The Awakener as Kitty's lively account of the New York booth. Mr. Luthra took these, a photo of the New York booth Jane had given me in case", and a copy of the Universal Message to send that day with his own letter to India.
Mr. Luthra sent his reply to me October 14th: As explained to you verbally (on the telephone), we have already finalized the theme display in the India Pavilion and it would not be possible at this stage to alter the arrangements".
Running out of ideas about probable locations by this time, I began to approach improbable ones and, on January 11th, wrote the Canadian Interfaith Conference, Ottawa, to see if Baba might be represented in their yearlong centennial project. A subsequent letter to their charming chairman, Mr. Lavy Becker, in Montreal, brought this reply: "I 've read the pamphlet on Meher Baba…Valid as his thinking is, it does not represent a religion with a following but rather a person with a philosophy or faith ... As such, Meher Baba does not fit into the Interfaith India Pavilion Expo 67 program. "