Modi’s swipe at Art of Liv­ing fest crit­ics: Have pride in In­dia’s legacy

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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VIREN­DRA SINGH GOSAIN/ HT

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (left) with PM Naren­dra Modi at the event.

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