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India should talk tough against Pak: Sri Sri Ravishankar

Sunday, 20 January 2013 - 11:44am IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

The spiritual leader says Pakistan should clean its image of being a terrorist nation.

Reacting to Pakistan troops’ brutal act of beheading two Indian soldiers, spiritual leader and founder of Art of Living Sri Sri Ravishankar said that India must take a tough stand against Pakistan.

Calling the act a gruesome reminder of the middle ages, Sri Sri, who was in Adani Vidyamandir on Saturday morning to interact with students, told DNA that India should not tolerate the beheading of its soldiers.

“Pakistan should listen to the voice of its own people. Tahirul Qadri declared in his protest that Pakistan had become a terrorists’ place and that it should not encourage terrorism. That country should clean up its image of being a terrorist place. From the Indian side, we should talk tough. We must not go soft as it will not pay at this moment,” he said.

Sri Sri, fondly known as Guruji, had been to Pakistan last year to promote activities at three Art of Living centres. He said many people from Pakistan would come to India in March to participate in Art of Living programmes.

During media interaction, when asked about increasing violence, aggression and crime in society, Guruji said the blame could be partially laid at the door of the entertainment industry.

“We need to educate people in human values and the essence of community feeling which is slowly disappearing from rural India too. To encourage such efforts, I am launching a new programme – ‘Volunteer for better India’ in February from Pragati Maidan in Delhi where lakhs of volunteers will enroll themselves for neighbourhood watch and community welfare programmes,” he said.

Referring to a comment made by Asaram Bapu about the Delhi gang rape victim, Guruji, without mentioning his name said, “I guess it was a slip of the tongue. He should just accept it rather than try justifying it. Women need protection and a life of dignity. Gujarat is a role model in this as crime against women is less in the state,” he said. Guruji interacted with students at Adani Vidyamandir in Makarba and also launched a book on the experience of the Adani Foundation in Mundra, Kutch.

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