Sri Sri's Art Of War
File under: The Siddhi of PR
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the world-wide Art of Living organization and a (politically nominated) Nobel Peace Prize nominee, was reported to tell a group that:
...a weak person’s sacrifice has no meaning.Maybe we're not completely up to speed, but isn't the Peace Prize for folks who help the weak and suffering?
Sri Sri said this in a speech to army cadets in India. The Nobel Peace Prize nominee giving a pep talk to the future brains of a war machine. But, it's classically Sri Sri, who never met a hypocrisy he didn't like if it advanced his interests for name, fame and political gain.
Sri Sri seems to think he'll stay off the hook by quoting the Gita. As a Hindu guru, perhaps... but as a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, no way. Sri Sri needs to leave the war-mongering to somebody else if he really wants to win the thing. lt looks like he just scotched his chances for this year's prize [Ed.note: As if he were actually ever a serious candidate.], and maybe next year's and the year's after that. We imagine it will take much more than a couple of trips to grandstand in places of ethnic conflict to undo the damage he just did with this little attempt to perhaps cultivate a political base in the Indian Army.