Spiritual leader of ‘Art of Living’, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has landed into media controversy yet again for making controversial remarks about nobel peace prize winner Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai during his visit to Latur, Maharashtra on 2 May. Sri Sri made these remarks while addressing a press conference during his visit to drought affected regions of the state on a project to help the farmers with irrigation.
Questioning the credentials of the Nobel Committee and the peace activist Malala Yousafzai, Sri Sri in the video posted on Twitter, says, “Nowadays, there is no value to the Nobel Prize. When you award it to a 16-year-old girl who hasn’t done anything, what value is left? It has become a political prize,” clearly targeting Malala. He also claims that the Nobel Prize was a political move. Meanwhile, Malala is a young, social activist leading a movement for education of girls after an incident where she was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 on the way to school.
Padma Vibhushan holder Sri Sri further claimed that he had once turned down the prestigious award, as he had refused to get down to its ‘politics’. He recently stirred a controversy for executing Art of Living’s World Cultural Festival on the river bank of Yamuna, despite the Rs 5 crore fine by the environment ministry. He had also earlier claimed to be in peace talks with ISIS, with ISIS responding to him with a picture of a beheaded man.
None the less, his work towards eradicating farmer distress by rejuvenating water sources through his ‘Jal Jagruti Abhiyaan’ is with the best intentions. Art of Living had issued a notice on Tuesday stating that the Guru has been “misquoted”, as he was never offered the peace prize in the first place. They have pleaded on Twitter to media to correct the same.