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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                  s
                  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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                    Mathura
                    Apr 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm
                    A deep financial investigation about his NGO may reveal that he not pious as he or supporters try to show. We already have examples of NGO's like that of a Ram Bapu, Naik. Government should reveal all his financial support details received from Indian Sources as well as from abroad.
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                      Kunal
                      Apr 20, 2017 at 5:04 pm
                      Yamuna (or any other river of India) is already polluted. How can a temporary event damage it? There are people doing illegal farming on the banks already? Don't you think they will be using pesticides which eventually gets submerged in the river water? What is more harmful - 3 million people walking along the river bed or sewage water released in Yamuna? What is NGT doing to stop the pollution? Most of such ins utions are filled with leftist ideologues who want to defame Hindu Gurus. I am sure if Pope comes to India and holds similar event, they won't say anything!
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                        Darkhorse
                        Apr 20, 2017 at 5:43 pm
                        Even if its polluted it does not mean that the baba goes and pollutes it more earning crores from the event. There were varies events held there not just people walking. And btw Pope doesnt do such so called polluting events. There is nothing left to defame Hindu gurus they have already defamed themselves.
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                          Shridhar Shettigar
                          Apr 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm
                          Ravi Shanker and Hindu Guru?? I don't think Hindu s are in a such a bad shape that they have to call him as their guru...
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                            Mani
                            Apr 20, 2017 at 8:37 pm
                            Kunal, the damage was to the river banks, not to the river per se. Yes the river is polluted no doubt, but the river banks had reeds which were cut, the porous sands were natural aqua filter which recharges the ground water, the sands were packed for conducting the event. Yamuna Khadar host variety of birds, in last count around 150 varieties and these were greatly disturbed. There were other places where such mega events can be conducted. So why at an eco sensitive place is the question.
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                            Sangat Singh
                            Apr 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm
                            Yes,yes, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, we really do not know your negative side!
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                              kranti
                              Apr 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm
                              He is " DHONGEE " baba.
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                                Abdul
                                Apr 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm
                                So Ravi Shankarji, who destro the floodplain ? The BJP govt who allowed you to conduct the meet or Army men who prepared the site? India is going in the same direction as s, we have safroniban here. Ghandiji should have given bangaldesh to these safronist same was stand for talibans and let the secular live in India.
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                                  Mohan
                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 7:33 pm
                                  ARe Abdul u guys are spoiling the environment by slaughtering helpless animals Pls remember India is a Hindu secular contry
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                                  laxman
                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 3:58 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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                                    Pakku Mudli.
                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm
                                    So the guru challenges the court judgement! Tomorrow Asaram will say those who call me guilty do not know my bhakti!
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                                      Siva M
                                      Apr 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm
                                      Asaram could even call you as Anti-National :)
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                                      ak dev
                                      Apr 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm
                                      NGT is behaving like an activist organization and is labeling charges against Art of Living to settle enmity of some of its members with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. This high handedness of NGT needs to be exposed.
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                                        Siva M
                                        Apr 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm
                                        Why is this guy called as Sri Sri? Tomorrow there could be another one called Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri Sri nanda
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                                          Mohan
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 7:34 pm
                                          So you also recall as Sri Sri Sri shiva no one stops you
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                                        Rohan
                                        Apr 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm
                                        Bring out facts Sri½ so that we can evaluate the truth
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                                          mumbikar
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm
                                          according to this fake AOL means lavish living, surrounded by women and wine and destroy the environment, who cares !!! let the citizens and they kids pay the price !!!! its all good as long as they have rss/modi support !!! our country are full of such fake baba's ,sadhvi's and yogi's who have suddenly doing and saying what they like, they know they will get a 'clean chit' !!!!
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                                            truelight
                                            Apr 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm
                                            My dear Mumbikar, before p ing on such sweeping comments, suggest, spend some time with them and understand what they do. Then you can comment, which ever way you wish. Is it fair to denigrate some one without even having the first hand experience about them, purely based on what you read and hear?
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                                              Siva M
                                              Apr 20, 2017 at 4:52 pm
                                              I dont care who they are and what they do. It's immaterial. The thing that matter is they organized a event and caused destruction to yamuna flood plain. They must held responsible and accountable for the dirty act. Put them behind the bars if required.
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                                                sateesha
                                                Apr 20, 2017 at 5:27 pm
                                                My Dear, You do whatever good things, no one bather about it, if you done one samll mistake, that shoud be remarks. and all are pointing that mistake only.
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                                              statham
                                              Apr 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm
                                              what a clown
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                                                Simpleton
                                                Apr 20, 2017 at 2:32 pm
                                                "Do you think you have the liberty to say whatever you want?”" Then what is meant by freedom of expression? How can extensive damage be done by an event which was held only for 2 to 3 days? Was Yamuna plain prestine and perfect before AOL conducted the event?
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                                                  Siva M
                                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 4:54 pm
                                                  Read and look at the videos to know how extensive damage was done by the event.
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                                                  C S Vijendra Rao
                                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                                                  Whoever is responsible for this tragedy should be given the severest punishment-The guilty should be made to clean the mess they have created.
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                                                    Sai
                                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm
                                                    Let them now show us all the "Art of Cleaning"
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