Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: No conflict between being a world citizen and a good subject of your state
Spiritual leader and Padma Vibhushan awardee, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was at the Express Adda held in Delhi, where he spoke about freedom of speech and sedition, the need for dialogue and why Section 377 needs to go.
It’s important that freedom of speech be honoured at all costs. Everybody has the right to freedom of expression but sedition, when someone says Bharat ko barbaad karke rahenge, that will not be tolerated by any democracy. We can’t leave such seeds unattended, which will grow and criminalise the whole atmosphere. We need to nip the criminal tendencies at the very beginning. It shouldn’t be done with vengeance, it should be done with compassion. If a child has a criminal tendency, what will the parents do? Will they say it’s freedom of expression? They will say, no, this is not acceptable. Such punitive action needs to be taken so that the kid doesn’t go off track. Today, we face the threat of terrorism across the world. We need to be watchful and alert. -