What drama is he (Sri Sri) doing, asks Sharad Yadav as govt cornered by opposition in RS


Opposition parties came together in Rajya Sabha today slammed the Narendra Modi government for allowing Indian Army to be used for a private event of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living foundation

They alleged that the event itself on the ecologically fragile flood plains of Yamuna was an environmental disaster.

The government, for its part, defended ‘Art of Living’ guru saying his intentions could not be doubted as he was ‘committed to protecting environment.

The government claimed that the event was being organised with all permissions even though it was made abundantly clear during the hearing that several permissions including fire safety were not granted to the event.

Unsatisfied over the clarification, the opposition parties rushed into the Well shouting slogans, forcing a brief adjournment.

According to the PTI, Sharad Yadav (JD-U) and Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) gave notices under rule 267 seeking adjournment of proceedings to discuss the issue but the Deputy Chairman P J Kurien ruled that the former’s notice was not in order but he was allowing the issue to be raised as a Zero Hour submission.

Sharad Yadav asked “under what pressure was Indian Army deployed to build pontoon bridge for one person?”

Demanding immediate stoppage of the construction, he said, “What function is he (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) doing? Kya tamasha kar raha hai (what drama is he doing)?”

Kurien asked members not to criticise anybody who cannot come and defend himself in the House.

Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) asked “can Indian Army be roped in to assist a private function… it is highly irregular …

for Army to be called in to create facilities for a private function.”

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Ravi Shankar was committed to environment protection and the programme was “being conducted with all permissions and is not illegal.”

Azad said he was not against ‘Art of Living’ foundation or any cultural festival but was concerned about environment, bio-diversity and ecology.



  1. ‘World Cultural Festival is a three day event organised by Art of Living
    Foundation headed by Shri Shri Ravishankar who has no political
    afiliation. It is a festival attended by more than two million people
    where Indian culture is showcased. Thosands of classical singers and
    dancers are in the program. Total 35,000 artists from different part of our country and abroad are participating in the event. We have seen many
    of those “Oppose any thing Bharatiya” have opposing involving army.
    Army is specialized in building floating bridge. I have served in armed forces for fifteen years and have seen Indian Army from close
    quarters. Does all these jokers know how Army men and officers
    complement each other? t is ” Ram Ram Saab” Please note it is not “Laal
    Salaam”. We are very proud of our culture and our army would be very
    proud to showcase it to millions of visitors especially from abroad.
    AOLF is a very responsible orgonisation and they will ensure cleaning up
    of the place after the event. It will be a very big event to boost the
    tourism in the national capital. Let us all show our solidarity behind
    this event, and let us be very proud to be part of it.”