Shiv Sena on Ravi Shankar's Syria comment: What kind of art of living is this?
The Shiv Sena has slammed Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over his remark saying if Ayodhya dispute is not resolved India will have Syria-like situation. Ravi Shankar is acting as a mediator for out-of-the-court settlement of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute in Ayodhya.
Taking strong objection to Ravi Shankar's remark, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana wrote today, "In our country, people from any field are poking their nose in important national issues."
"Spiritual leader and founder of Art of Living Foundation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been frequently commenting on Ayodhya Ram Mandir issue and is trying to be in limelight. Has he been given a supari by someone to make such comments? NIA should investigate that," read Saamana editorial.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is the chief editor of Saamana, It further said, "Such controversial statements from a spiritual leader isn't advisable. What kind of art of living is this? Is Art Of Living all about killing people or threatening them to life?"
Such spiritual Gurus are global spiritual leaders and so, they should go to countries like Syria and Iraq and give the terrorists the Art Of Living Gyan. Where were these guru's when Hindus were fighting for Ram Mandir in Ayodhya," asked the paper.
Shiv Sena also believes that there is a well-planned strategy in bringing the Ram Mandir issue up in open time and again. The editorial furhter states, "Before the nominations for presidential elections the issue of demolition of the Babri Masjid was reopened in the court and leaders like Advani were again blamed."
"Whatever might be the political issues behind it, we don't want to get involved in it. On one hand, the people who were involved in Ram Mandir movement are being treated like criminals and are being charged, but on the other, what gives these people the right to claim that they are trying to solve the Ram Mandir issue? It has become a practice that whenever there is an assembly election or a parliamentary election, Ram Mandir issue surfaces."
Earlier, in an interview with India Today, Ravi Shankar had said, "If Ram Mandir issue is not solved, we will have a Syria in India." Clarifying his statement, Ravi Shankar later said that he did not intend to give any kind of threat rather expressed his apprehensions.