NGT slams Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over Yamuna plains damage: ‘You have no sense of responsibility’

"You have no sense of responsibility. Do you think you have the liberty to say whatever you want?"

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:April 20, 2017 12:36 pm
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, art of living, aol, aol world culture festival, yamuna river, Yamuna flood plains, india news, latest news The National Green Tribunal. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday said that Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s allegation of bias in the green panel’s report on the damage caused to the Yamuna riverbed due to a culture festival organised by AOL is ‘shocking’.

The NGT said: “You have no sense of responsibility. Do you think you have the liberty to say whatever you want?”

The NGT bench hearing the case also asked the petitioner to file an application with the details of the statement so that the court can take the issue on record. The next date of hearing in the case is May 9, 2017.

Earlier this month, the NGT said that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living was responsible for destroying the Yamuna floodplain during the ‘World Culture Festival’. Following that, the foundation cried foul while terming it to be a ‘conspiracy.’ The foundation also stated that its legal team will study the NGT report and decide on the future course of action.

Holding the AOL foundation responsible for destroying the entire Yamuna floodplain, the NGT-appointed Committee of Experts told the green panel that the rehabilitation of Yamuna floodplains destroyed by AOL’s ‘World Culture Festival’ will cost Rs. 13.29 crores and take almost 10 years.

In 2016, the NGT allowed AOL to hold a three-day ‘World Culture Festival’ on the floodplains while expressing its helplessness in banning the event, citing “fait accompli.” It had initially imposed a Rs 5 crore interim compensation on AOL for the environmental damage caused by the event.

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    Vasudevan Venugopal
    Apr 20, 2017 at 7:44 pm
    Sri Sri should re ess himself. Perhaps he has fallen into the human folly of imagining oneself to be larger than life. Many comments on him on this board are not flattering. There is no use of entering into duel with NGT. While some muck and filth could have been cleared, there could also have been some inevitable damage caused to the Yamuna floodplain during the "World Culture Festival". Sri Sri should sit with NGT and settle the issues amicably. The NGT are professionals; after all.
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      Suresh
      Apr 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm
      Art of Living should be renamed to Art of Lying .
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        Vishwanath Natarajan
        Apr 20, 2017 at 5:43 pm
        Iam not a fan of Sri Sri or any other religious groups, but, as in everything else in India , motives have to be looked into before making a judgement. The NGT was setup in 2010 under UPA-1 ( meaning Sonia hi ) and is headed by retired judges chosen by the same UPA-1 which smacks of nepotism. NGT seems to be some kind of a retirement job for some of our judges . Ravi Shankar is looked on by the "secular" camp as being close to the BJP and this ruling by the NGT smacks of quid pro quo . The Yamuna and its surroundings in Delhi are full of filth and I find it extremely hard to imagine any more damage that the AOL event could have done. If anything , they probably left the place cleaner than what they began with. The Nehru family is great at picking up good for nothing people and giving them a ular and cushy retirement job thereby earning their gra ude forever and using them on occasions like this one.
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          Suresh
          Apr 20, 2017 at 6:37 pm
          Don't talk nonsense. like all dumBhakts, you seem to be suffering from irrational Congress and Sonia phobia. 3 out of the seven judicial members of NGT were appointed in 2016. The Lawyer for AOL actually blamed the Govt and the NGT for allowing his NGO to hold the event on the Yamuna riverbed and he also made other baseless allegations against the NGT which prompted this response from them . Pseudo-religiosity can only be used to fool the gullible m es not former judges of the Supreme Court .
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            kg
            Apr 20, 2017 at 7:24 pm
            3 out of 7 can not give a verdict which is given by majority, you argument falls flat.
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          Shridhar Shettigar
          Apr 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm
          When I watched Ravi Shanker debate with Zakir Naik in I understood what kind of fool he is. By accepting to debate with another stupid like Zakir Naik he bought bad name to Hindu's..
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            Kanu Mistry
            Apr 20, 2017 at 5:14 pm
            Will someone tell NGT to mind their language? Recently both Supreme Court and NGT have lost their sense of decency and think that it is their divine right to use foul language against anyone who they think is not behaving their way of thinking. Both think that they are coming from another planet and have unquestionable divine virtues in them. They both think that they are super human being and have descended to this land of India to bless people with their wisdom.
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              Desi Pundit
              Apr 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm
              India has become a banana republic of rss monkeys. Soon it will start sending more elephants into space, for whatever reason. Baba ram dev may already have restarted the old Indian practice of transplaning animal heads on humans-again for whatever reason. We will soon leave America and rest of the world in dust with our imaginative technology of past and able leadership of our g monkyji.
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                kg
                Apr 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm
                Has anyone actually seen the river in Delhi? For most months of the years it does not exist rainy season there are patches filled with slim and black foul smelling drain like water;You cant even stand near it.They have been sleeping for last 70 years.Now a show for three days covering a few acres of dry land is hosted and all this hoo haa, the damage will take 10 years to correct! Really?They actually cleaned up and made the place much better than it was before.This is nothing but an agenda.However,AOL will come out stronger.Same tactics were applied against other great saint, look where he is now, running a huge empire, serving the nation.
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                  Siva M
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 4:58 pm
                  Great Saint!!! Serving the nation!!! How ridiculous? He is a pure business man and a fraud. He cheat people to make money as simple as that. What service did he to the nation by the way other than making money to buy et for himself? Do you even know the meaning of a saint?
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                    kg
                    Apr 20, 2017 at 5:28 pm
                    You do not meaning of Saint because you are influenced by Islamic or Christian version of Saint Hinduism, Arth (Money) is a part of life and earning money is not a sin neither a Saint is not supposed to indulge in arth generating activities for society's benefits.It is one of the four goals of Hindu life.A saint who is serving society by way of building a trade empire is as much or even a bigger saint who is siting in Himalaya Hinduism Dharm is not just about devoltion, Karm (work) is also dharm.You do not understand anything.Take Islamic goggles off then you will understand.
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                      Desi Pundit
                      Apr 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm
                      A fraud who has succeßfully convined lot of fools that somefunny actions in the name of yoga will not only cure all their diseases but also ensure heaven after death.
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                        kg
                        Apr 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm
                        The greatest Fraud was MO BABA of desert who fooled everyone for his thharrak.
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                      Sudarshan Nityananda
                      Apr 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm
                      No matter what the faults of the festival held by Sri Sri and all his arrogance, he has caught the NGT on the wrong foot on one point. If the Yamuna flood plain were so important, why didn't the NGT have the guts to ban the event ? It would have caused some uproar and losses, but the NGT had all the powers to do this. Now, the damage is done and it is too late to get a prodigal Swamiji to carry out a mitigation exercise.
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                        Alab
                        Apr 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm
                        I agree, if it were Saudi Arabia, there would have been hanging. Firstly there should be unbiased study whether any environmental damage has been done. Kangaroo virtual court by Biased Newsreaders cannot judge.
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                          Desi Pundit
                          Apr 20, 2017 at 4:17 pm
                          These sanghi agents along with orted monkey senas are busy destroying anything good that India may have managed to create in the past. Fools of India do not deserve any better.
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                            Shabih Siddiqui
                            Apr 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm
                            The godmen (Sic)are least bothered by the losses they cause.The arrogance and clout at their disposal is un ailable by our System.
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                              Alab
                              Apr 20, 2017 at 4:32 pm
                              Like Triple TALAQ and many wives ?.
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                                Shridhar Shettigar
                                Apr 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm
                                Pl don't divert the subject based on commentators religion etc.. if you don't have anything to say Pl keep silent.
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                              laxman
                              Apr 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm
                              if this would have been US/UK he would have been jailed for life and all his property consfiscated DR ZAKIR NAIK a pios muslim was just preaching islam but sanghhi atankis of ED /NIA hunted him and his property but this sanghi gooon triple sri let loose like hyena..
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                                Abdul
                                Apr 20, 2017 at 3:52 pm
                                Very likely the NGT Director get his transfer order from the sanghis!!!!!!
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                                  Eve Fernandez
                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm
                                  The sense of g eur a person develops when he is raised to the pedestal by the mul ude blinds him; he thinks he is unquestionable, above law and has divine right to do what he wishes. This is the case of Mr Ravi Shankar who has been raised by his followers to "Sri Sri".
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                                    Eve Fernandez
                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm
                                    The sense of g eur a person develops when he is raised to the pedestal by the mul ude blinds him; he thinks he is unquestionable, above law and has divine right to do what he wishes. This is the case of Mr Ravi Shankar who has been raised by his followers to "Sri Sri".
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                                      preenja
                                      Apr 20, 2017 at 3:39 pm
                                      Ravi Shanker baba is just fake guru. He's got ego bigger than Ram Dev. The Art of living is nothing other than source of income by this fake. He or his ego fan committe shoul be put behind bars for this damage.
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                                        Mayur
                                        Apr 20, 2017 at 3:38 pm
                                        With the NGT on this. With the deepest respect to the noble man that Sri Sri is, he is definitely at fault here. The AOL did not keep its promise of paying the fines or clean up the Yamuna floodplains. He might have done other work that deserve praise, but one bad doesn't make wrong, right.
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                                          bitterhoney
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 6:52 pm
                                          Our PM is chela of Sri Sri, he condoned Rs 5 crore fine on Sri Sri. W event was govt managed, even army men were engaged to construct bridges and for transportation of heavy equipment. Army men were engaged with total disregard of army ethics. Case should have been registered against Defense Minister Parriker for ordering army personnel to work as labourers for a private event. He treated army men as bandhua mazdoors. Since the basic aim hidden behind this mega event was to highlight Modi ji in the international arena, nobody cared to follow the rules. There was jugalbandi between Sri Sri and Shri Modi ji in organizing this event. Saiyan bhaye kotwas to phir dar kahe ka?
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                                          Amit Joshi
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm
                                          Joke of 2017 😂 The Art of Living that has Rejuvenated 27 rivers, planted 71 million tress , and NGT claims it, 'destro a river' which was already Dead!😅 # TruthWillPrevail
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                                            Shridhar Shettigar
                                            Apr 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm
                                            If they have rejuvenated 27 rivers as claimed by you, why can't they rejuvenate Yamuna as a punishment...
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                                            kg
                                            Apr 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm
                                            There was a MO baba in desert.He had an eye for his daughter in law.His son said if he divorced his wife saying three T, his wife will then marry MO and would become his mother.Mo baba said, no by saying thrre T she wont become your mother.That is validity for three T.For a thurki budha all this hoo haa.
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                                              kg
                                              Apr 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm
                                              THE BOOK WAS ACTUALLY WRITTEN MANY HUNDRED YEARS AFTER THE MO Baba by four goat hurdlers who got together, plagiarized the two other books mixed up some traditions, they could not write everything, so later another goat hurder wrote biography of mo baba through imagination and then it completed the cult later by mixing the two they made a shararati law this is the actual story
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                                              Against Sick
                                              Apr 20, 2017 at 3:13 pm
                                              All the anti development & utterly useless leftists have crafted NGT (during UPA regime) as an instrument to halt India's progress. There is no surprise that NGT has decided to target SriSri. Primarily since he's working relentlessly for spreading Indian ethos, philosophy. The leftist spreading lies against SriSri should read the pioneering work Art of Living has done towards the cause of environment protection
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                                                Joykutty Cherian
                                                Apr 20, 2017 at 3:13 pm
                                                The NGT said: “You have no sense of responsibility. Do you think you have the liberty to say whatever you want?”Good question. But sir, this is the art of polluting nature by self-made divine personalities of India.
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