New Delhi/Bhopal: Spiritual Guru and Art of Living (AOL) founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is in the eye of the storm over the slogan “Pakistan Zindabad” raised along with “Jai Hind” during the world Cultural Festival from the podium that was also occupied by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Welcoming the delegate from Pakstan, a religious leader, on stage, Ravi Shankar, the AOL Founder, told him that “Jai Hind and Pakistan Zindabad should go together”. As he passsed on the mic, the Pak delegate, who had taken the cue, was prompt in raising the slogan “Pakistan Zindabad” and this was followed by a feeble Jai Hind by Ravi shanker.
The long Live Pakistan slogan has come in for sharp criticism from a wide cross-section across India. Republican Party of India (RPI) today dubbed the pro-Pak slogan raised at the World Culture Festival as anti-national. RPI has demanded that a case be registred and the AOL founder be arrested.
RPI spokesperson Sandeep H. Mankar said in Bhopal: is it not an anti-national act by those who raised slogans in support of Pakistan in the presence of the Union Home Minister and Foreign Minister. He said this is an insult to our soldiers who have sacrificed their life fighting the Pak sponsored terrorists.
The controversial act of raising the slogan for Pakistan is being seen as a strategic and pre-planned act on the part of Ravi Shankar, who categorically stated that the two slogans – in support of Pakistan and India – should go together. Observers pointed out that this was aimed at sending a message of peace across the subcontinent and more particularly to religious leaders from India and Pakistan. Also it does not require rocket science to conclude that the spiritual Guru wants to pitchfork himself as a messiah of peace on the global stage.