People have alleged being cheated to participate in the programme
Srinagar: Indian spiritual Guru and Art of Living (AOL) founder Ravi Shankar addressed a ‘peace conference’ titled ‘Paigam e Mohabbat’ on Saturday at the Sher e Kashmir International Convention Center (SKICC), here. The conference by the Art of Living Foundation was however cut short after pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans were raised.
The speech at the event had to be cut short, and the event shifted to a private hotel, the Lalit. An event at the Lalit Hotel after the event was part of the plan, however, the scheduled speech at SKICC could not go beyond 7 minutes.
People have alleged being cheated to participate in the programme, keeping the speaker’s name as a secret, being told that a Maulvi is speaking, and promising sports kits. Around 1500 people were reportedly brought to the event from Kupwara, Budgam, Handwara, Shopian and Khrew.
Ravi Shankar, who has appointed himself, and claims to be mediating in conflicts like the Ayodhya Dispute, in an interview with India Today had said, “If Ram Mandir issue is not solved, we will have a Syria in India.”
He had claimed that, “Muslims should give up their claim on Ayodhya as a goodwill gesture. Ayodhya is not place of faith for Muslims…We cannot make Lord Ram to be born in another place.”
The spiritual leader also indicated that the Supreme Court’s order on the disputed site will not make a difference, according to NDTV. The only way forward, he claimed, is for Muslims to give up their claim on the site and build another mosque on a five-acre land in Ayodhya.