Thursday, September 21, 2006

Sri Sri Seeks Fame Peace In Sri Lanka Again

File under: The Siddhi of PR

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the war-mongering guru who's up for a Nobel Peace Prize this year, has gone back to Sri Lanka in a second attempt to bring an end to the ethnic war raging there. (It will also probably help remove some of that tarnish off his burnish he got lecturing Indian army cadets recently.)

If Sri Sri somehow manages to bring peace to that clusterfuck, even we might think he deserved the prize. But whether or not this comes to pass, in the end, it's always and only about Sri Sri:
"Change of opinion can only be brought about by spiritual people," Ravi Shankar told IANS on telephone from the Katunayake airport near Colombo shortly after landing from Kilinochchi, where he met representatives of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for a couple of hours.
The last time he was there, he told the Tigers they just needed to be less irritated. That didn't go over too well, as the conflict raged on to the tune of several hundred more deaths, most of the them on the Tigers' side. But since he apparently has the respect of both sides in the conflict, Sri Sri seems somewhat well-positioned to get both parties to the table once again.

It's another well-played move by a man hellbent on world renown who has the PR muscle to make it happen. If he fails to bring peace, he can blame it on one or both parties. But if he actually has some success in Sri Lanka, he's got crowing feathers to last a lifetime, not to mention the tremendous boost it will give to his celebrity and chances at that Nobel.

He's a juggernaut of ambition hiding in humble white robes, a quintessential self-aggrandizing politician operating under the cover of spirituality and philanthropy. Like the Madharishi, the Babaster and the Kracki, Sri Sri wants to rule the world. We're beginning to worry he's got the best shot out of the bunch.

Nah. His missing hypocrite suppression gene is going to see to his eventual fall from the pedestal he's built under himself. And you know we can hardly wait to gleefully describe the pieces and their dispersal.

4 Comments:

At 9/22/2006 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you expect anything of substance from this man?!

http://www.shankaranews.com/americas/am37.html

Careful before you click here, it just might nauseate you ;-):

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/srisriasiknow/my_photos

 
At 9/27/2006 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sri Sri has been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.

So?

He should now start behaving in a new manner. He should talk about peace, peace and only peace if he has to get that award... Is that what you think?
Jody, looks like you want him to win this award more than he does!

Sri Sri in his talks has mentioned that sometimes war becomes necessary just like an incision to the body is sometimes necessary. But then after operation, we should nurse the wound or else it will never be ok (and rather aggravate) and similarly in war too.

Why should he talk about peace only? Wouldn't that be real hipocrisy? Wars have been part of civilization since time immemorial. That doesn't mean we should have more! But then they just exist! You can't stop them by not talking about them. Just avoiding talking about them is not a solution.

If a person just speaks about peace only to get a Nobel peace prize, I would call that person a hypocrite.

And regarding what is needed to stop wars, he is doing that already. Actions count more (and should count more!) in deciding the award recepient. Otherwise people who just talk about peace would start getting Nobel Prizes for their words.

Once again, your post looks more of your biases coming out rather than being a true representation of facts.

Just read it yourself, how many of your sentences are your general opinion and how many are related to Sri Lanka visit or talk to cadets?

 
At 9/27/2006 2:20 PM, Blogger jody said...

how many of your sentences are your general opinion

That's because it's an opinion blog. If you don't like it, chuck it and be done with it.

 
At 9/28/2006 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous: HAHAHAHAHA!!! What a great picture (from the first link shankaranews.com...) That's as close as the little man will ever come to telling the world about his habits and preferences. Only thing is he should be underneath the instructor, I believe, not riding him.

LOL

 

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