Those who call Art of Living irresponsible don’t know us: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on NGT criticism

He also claimed that Art of Living had caused no damage to the Yamuna floodplains

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:April 20, 2017 1:47 pm
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, art of living, aol, aol world culture festival, yamuna river, Yamuna flood plains, india news, latest news Spiritual guru and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. (File Photo)

Following the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) criticism of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s comments claiming bias by the green panel, the spiritual guru on Thursday said that those who say the Art of Living (AOL) is irresponsible don’t know about the organisation. “Those who say the Art of Living is irresponsible simply don’t know us or have gained a sense of humour,” news agency ANI quoted Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as saying.

“The truth is we have caused no damage to the Yamuna. When lies are exposed, it is shocking,” he added.

Earlier on Thursday, the NGT said that AOL 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?”

Earlier this month, the NGT-appointed Committee of Experts held the AOL foundation responsible for destroying the entire Yamuna floodplain and 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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    Joginder songh
    Apr 20, 2017 at 8:12 pm
    With that event how much you have earned. Disclose Mr ravi Shankar. How you say that you are guru. If you are earning money against events.
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      Hanglur Srinivas Varna
      Apr 20, 2017 at 8:02 pm
      This fake saint is obsessed with cheap publicity, and he boasts of something sheer nonsense and highly irresponsible claims. That SOB should be sent to Kashmir to solve terrorists problem there. he claims foolishly that he changed the heart and minds of terrorist organizations in Mexico, and many other places.
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        Raj
        Apr 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm
        People in Kanakpura are very well know AOL is part of the land mafia and they go about encroaching properties of the poor
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          sunny
          Apr 20, 2017 at 7:38 pm
          In our country political leaders and religious people enjoying life to glory by misguiding public.
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            Pmp
            Apr 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm
            SSR is a Conman like other fake spiritual Gurus & AOL eexploits gullible Indians.he has the audacity to allege NGT plotting against AOL.the former should recover 13 crores from the disciples of him & sentence him as per law,which will deter others to degrade environment
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              ST
              Apr 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm
              Sri Sri stands exposed. He has proven to us that he is as self-serving as the rest and that when he has the support of Modi and his govt. depts., he will just ignore the voices of the rest.
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                ST
                Apr 20, 2017 at 6:28 pm
                The three-day ‘World Culture Festival’ was a demo on "The Art of Living in One's Own Interest"
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                  Apr 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm
                  Sri Ravishankar and his organization should show their responsibility by demonstrating with facts AND figures supported by pictures of current status and what his org has done for the rejuvenation of the river and its surroundings. Merely replying to accusations from a govt. body thru sarcastic comments does not speak well of Sri Sri or his organization. The person who always keeps smiling should also being smiles on the others.
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