Modi’s swipe at Art of Living fest critics: Have pride in India’s legacy
NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi took a swipe at critics of spiritual guru Ravi Shankar’s cultural festival held on the fragile floodplains of the Yamuna on Friday, asking them to have “pride and honour” in the country’s legacy. Modi described as “cultural Kumbh Mela” the international event which environmentalists are opposing for allegedly causing irreparable damage to the ecosystem of the heavily-polluted river.
The event got official sanction at the last moment after the National Green Tribunal asked the organisers, the Art of Living Foundation headed by the spiritual guru, to immediately pay Rs 25 lakh of a Rs five crore fine. The rest will be paid over three weeks.
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (left) with PM Narendra Modi at the event.