Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Sri Sri Set To Save The Day

File under: Backroom Gurudom and The Siddhi of PR

[FADE UP FROM BLACK] A figure dressed in white walks toward a private jet idling on the runway. A group of reporters stand in his way. He pauses in front of them, preparing to speak.

Sounding just like a Hollywood action movie synopsis, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is headed to the state of Jammu and Kashmir to talk the rebels down from their violent stand as they quest for their own state, independent of India and Pakistan. That puts him in more squeeze than a Motley Crüe dressing room.

But as it turns out, the leader of one faction of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front is a Sri Sri disciple. Nonetheless, the master self-promoting master had this to say about it:
I am going there again as requested by the locals. But I will be meeting people in a completely non-secured area. I am not scared at all to go there without any government security.
[CUE MUSIC] Sri Sri turns and stares toward Jammu and Kashmir and ponders his fate as a peacemaker in a rebel stronghold...

Begrudgingly, we've got to give Sri Sri a wee bit of credit for this stunt. While he may be among friends, he could be making himself a bit more available to Muslim extremists in the area. There are certainly much safer places for him to do PR for himself.

In honor of his seemingly brave action, we will remove the "L" from Sri Sri's icon and replace it with a "W" if he is actually able to win a sustained peace for the state. We will not be mad at him if he is successful. We're confident he'll move on to another publicity stunt we can make fun of soon enough.


At 7/19/2005 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep the L. It belongs there. Or better yet, F for fraud. What a bogus bunch of foolishness (and I'm being nice). Siddhis don't equal enlightenment. Nor do they equal compassionate behavior and goodness. This is one nasty fellow. Cross him once and find out. Not a nice person at all.

At 8/28/2005 10:48 PM, Blogger Cliff Rees said...

Why do you think he's "not a nice person at all"? Do you have any actual experience with him? I spent 6 months in Bangalore back in 1982 with him, and found him to be very sweet, very sincere, and not all a "nasty fellow".


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