Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Sri Sri and His Siddhi For Being A Hypocrite

File under: Gurubusting and The Siddhi of PR

Yesterday, we reminded you about the time when Sri Sri Ravi Shankar threw away a golden opportunity to share his message of peace by taking a stand against the murderous actions of Narendra Modi, the prime minister of Gujurat during the Great Muslim Massacre of 2002. Here is how it was reported by Rediff on March 26, 2005:
[Sri Sri] provided the organisation with a show of support for its controversial decision to invite Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and took a dig both at the Bush administration for declaring Modi persona non grata in the US and the coalition of groups that successfully lobbied to bring about the US action to ban Modi's entry.
Sri Sri goes on to openly praise the killin' politician that day:
Sri Sri then went on to talk about the unprecedented progress that was occurring in Gujarat under the Modi administration. He noted that more than 40,000 dams had been constructed in just one year. "The water level has come up in Gujarat so much. People are so happy," he said.
Those not violently murdered in the Modi-sanctioned pogrom against Indian Muslims, that is.

Since then, the origins of the affair have fully come to light in an astonishing exposé by India's Tehelka magazine. This no doubt has Sri Sri wishing for a time machine to take him back to that conference to take back those words of praise and support for a genocidist. But until he manifests one for himself, Sri Sri be doing flips and cartwheels for the Indian press in an effort to keep them from remembering his not-too-far-in-the-past strong show of support for the murderin' Modi:
"I congratulate the reporter (of Tehelka magazine) who has done this (the sting operation in which the perpetrators of the violence have been caught on camera admitting to the killings) and would like him to undertake similar operations on the anti-Sikh riots (of 1984) and Naxalite violence in the country," Sri Sri said.

Describing the Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra as the biggest threat to the country's internal security, Sri Sri urged the media to address the serious problem.

"I would appeal to the media to insist on the introduction of moral and spiritual instruction in the school curriculum as that would ennoble the young, impressionable minds," he said, attributing violent tendencies to the disappearance of spiritual content from instruction at homes and schools.
Did you catch that somewhat deft redirection of attention to other religious conflicts? Why worry about this itty-bity (and implicitly endorsed by Sri Sri) government-sponsored pogrom? There's a lot more to worry about out there, folks, with Sri Sri likely to continue reminding us all about it.

We've been told we're foolish for trying to discuss Indian politics. Our ignorance of its subtleties (and perhaps generalities) aside, it's all in the black and white: Sri Sri supported a politician who was at least partially responsible for the death of some 800 people or more. Now he's flipping and headspinning like a champion Bronx breakdancer to keep you from remembering it.

Will the amazing Sri Sri Ravi Shankar be able to escape this harsh light and the resulting neck-snapping hypocrisy he's now caught in? Fingers and toes are crossed that he doesn't. But unfortunately, from somewhere deep inside, we regret that he probably will.

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6 Comments:

At 10/31/2007 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By supporting the Tehelka expose and coming out against Hindutva zealots, Sri Sri has once again proved that he is a real spiritual Master; a Master of highest order. By batting for Tehelka, Sri Sri has exhibited that he is not judgemental about people’s actions. He calls spade a spade. He praised Modi for developmental work he has done in Gujarat. But that doesn’t cloud Sri Sri’s thinking and when evidence is put forward, he didn’t hesitate to come out against Hindutva rabble-rousers. That’s the sign of a truly enlightened soul. No prejudices against anybody and at the same time not shying away from the truth. And that’s one of the many qualities that draw millions to Sri Sri and make Guruphiliacs jealous.

Being a self-styled Siddhi of PR is no big deal and not enough, guys. You need to show some maturity to be taken seriously in the world. Grow up. Trying to interpret every act of Sri Sri through a prism of ignorance and frustration and seeking attention shows where you stand.

Heard on the grapevine: Jody you were also one of those who run behind Sri Sri for enlightenment. But got kicked out for your unmentionable flings! Is that true? Throw some light on that. It will make more interesting reading than lame Sri Sri bashing?

 
At 10/31/2007 11:58 AM, Blogger jody said...

That’s the sign of a truly enlightened soul.

You sir, are twisted like a pretzel that got stuck in the twisting machine.

you were also one of those who run behind Sri Sri for enlightenment

I have never had ANY involvement whatsoever with Sri Sri, AoL, or anything close to them, nor have I ever been kicked out of any organization, spiritual or otherwise.

I rip on Sri Sri because he is eminently rippable. He's a fame-lusting poseur who unfortunately is also a good actor, hence his disgusting success at getting his name associated with spiritual enlightenment when all his mind really knows is how to count mentions in the press.

 
At 11/02/2007 2:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your writngs on Hinduism & our Gurus make me feel insulted.You are insulting Hinduism & the Hindu Nation of Bharat i.e. India.It makes me even more determined to join hands with the Hindu Nationalists & create a powerful Hindu India so that none of you jokers can get away with writing ill-informed & completely whimsical blogs & play with the sentiments of millions with impunity.A Hindu India will ensure that like the Saudis & other Arabs I can launch a covert diplomatic offensive & get you bumped off or tortured till you cry mercy in your own "free" country by your own "free" FBI or CIA like the Muslim states.Insulting blogs of people like you & the fact that they are continuing with impunity strengthen the case of a Strong Hindu India.Enjoy your freedom till to insult the sentiments of millions till it lasts.We'll get you & pay you back with interest.

 
At 11/02/2007 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To last anonymous:

Spoken like a true brownshirt, oops, I meant little RSS boy. Grow up. A "Hindu India" means a Nazi, fascist India. India is a tolerant, beautiful nation with all religions free to worship. There are only a few quacks like you left, generally from the bottom rung of society, unable to make it any other way than to incite riot. People like Modi got to the top on the backs of poor sorry slobs like you. Don't let them get away with it, friend.

Becoming like fundamentalists in Muslim countries will get India nowhere. It will never help.

Keep India free. Ban Shiv Sen, RSS, anything that remotely resembles Hindutva. It's all too ugly and disgusting. Germany banned the Nazis. I see a day coming when all these groups will also be banned in India.

I speak as a staunch, practicing, (rich -- too bad for you), Hindu Indian.

 
At 11/02/2007 8:15 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Pardon me all to hell for sayin so but these last two anonymushes seem like the same sombitch to yours truly!!

 
At 10/17/2009 3:17 PM, Blogger Ravinder Bhan said...

http://ravinderbhan.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/an-open-submission-to-mr-shankar-also-called-sri-sri-ravi-shankar/

 

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