Naxalism & Education Is it about Syntax & Semantics?

Naxalism & Education

Is it about Syntax & Semantics?

Aparna AddankiAshwin Belagodu, Deepika Aradhya, 

Suresh Nellikayii, Vijay Dwivedi

Main Stream Media Scream in bold headlines online on 20/03/2012

[As Odisha struggles with the Italian hostage crisis, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has come out with a bizarre statement. The Spiritual leader said that government schools were a breeding ground for Naxals. “It’s often seen that boys from Government schools are into Naxalism and violence. Those from the private education system are not into these things. They move ahead with an ideal (adarsh) and teachers are responsible for it,” he said. “Government should not run any school, it should be given to some other system (samstha),” he added. His statements come amidst the ongoing Odisha hostage crisi][i]

What actually was left unreported was the preliminary part which is explained later in this blog. For the records, here was the clarification too.

[I specifically referred to sick government schools in Naxal affected areas. Many who have turned to Naxalism have come from these schools. I did not say all Govt schools (where lakhs study) breed Naxalism. Great talents have emerged from these schools & I would never generalize.” I said, so I could encourage these private institutions to open up in more places. I just wanted to give some incentive to them to start up more educational institutions. I’m not that foolish that I would say that all government schools would breed Naxalites. I try not to make such generalizations. Whatever I say, I say in an informed manner.” – NDTV and @SriSriSpeaks on Twitter] [ii] 

Firstly, not sure what is the link between the Odisha Hostage Crisis and Sri Sri, assuming for a moment that He did say what is being claimed. Secondly it baffled us no ends that the blasphemous media raked up a partial video from His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar about that statement he made in a Government-Forsaken Government School and generalizing it with sole purpose of some eyeball count and sensationalizing. Not surprising behavior from our Main Stream Media anyway. Their complete blackout of Sri Sri visit to Pakistan, reeked of conspiracy. Here was  a Hindu Spiritual Leader embarking on a Peace mission to an extremely orthodox environment with no help whatsoever from the establishment which is News worth its weight in Gold but unsurprisingly  unreported due to reasons which is anyone’s guess. For that matter, none in the Government including the Ministers cannot walk into this cauldron, win hearts of people and get back SAFELY smiling.

Media behavior abhorrent that always is, why did a Honorable (for now we retain this address) Minister launch on a tirade and use language unbecoming of the position held. But then did that surprise me? Not a bit! This Minister is known to have the most uncouth language – a turncoat who sloganeered against the very family he eagerly drools to receive crumbs from. It is more a question of proving that he being more loyal than the king. This one-upmanship for proving loyalty to their first family makes all these spokesperson and silent person makes them create, kill and nurture non-issues at will. He is this minister who defended the indefensible – the most costly scam ever witnessed by the country (probably the world) yet derived an amazing Mathematical formula to declare Zero Loss. Here was the same Minister who routinely bad mouths Hindu Spiritual Leaders who use his own Government’s statistics to bring out flaws in the society, but honors the separatists who commit acts of sedition. The thoughts penned here is not about the statements issued by this Honorable Minister but the underlying reality and why such a rabid response came about. Readers can take a call whether Minister is Honorable or not, in light of this!

So what was the trigger and why now? Read the situation in light of the results of the recently concluded Elections to various states where a future Prince was projected without a clear social agenda. The election meetings did not draw any crowd that was expected (same Mathematical formula did not neither translate to crowds on the ground nor as votes in the election, as it were). Contrast this with the crowds this down to earth Hindu Spiritual Leader elicited. The picture below explains it all. No wonder they took offence to Sri Sri and waited for an opportunity to attempt a strike back. Greater wonder, Government had prevented Sri Sri Ravishankar from visiting Amethi and Rai Bairelly

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Election Rally in Rae Bareilly
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Sri Sri Satsang in Rae Bareilly
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Election Rally in Amethi
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Sri Sri Satsang in Amethi

And what really pressed the panic button is “probably” this, when Yadavs called on Sri Sri Ravishankar and pledged their support to eradicate Corruption. This was the last straw. Here was an ally who was prevented from attending swearing in ceremony of the new CM and she gets her nominee who presented a budget she was not happy about and soon after she makes her displeasure felt, Yadavs also pledged support for “Good Governance” (whatever this means anyway). Remember Baba Ramdev, another popular Hindu Spiritual leader already had blessed the new CM and this appeared to the powers that be to be an ominous development which in their books had to be countered at any cost. Who better to target than Hindu Religious leaders who happen to be the whipping boys of the Sickular community.

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Lest we forget the context and intent of drawing the attention of the world to the importance of Schooling which was the intent of Sri Sri Ravishankar in this case. If you watch the whole talk, it is pretty obvious that Media was favoring the Government machinery by telecasting only the partial video (abruptly starting with the statement reproduced above). Government today is trying its best to prevent attention being drawn to the core issue by focusing on Syntax and Semantics of the statement.

Remember that Sri Sri particularly drew attention speaking in an abandoned/dysfunctional Government School (referred to as sick school in HIS statement). When a Government has forsaken its own School, where is the hope for the vulnerable children? More statistics on what these Schooling assets are used later in this blog. It is in this context, Sri Sri said that Government should not be in the business of education which it has failed for the past 65 years of independence. Government’s business is governance except which everything is being focused on – running hotels, factories, sports bodies, temples or airlines. Results of this incompetence are very obvious going by a plethora of examples around us. Private Education system has performed admirably well – please note here that private schools doesn’t not necessarily mean the Corporate Public Schools. There are Ramakrishna Mission Schools, Art of Living Tribal and Rural Schools and many more of such initiatives. They offer free/affordable education and instill uncompromising National and Societal values which Government influenced by the Leftist ideology has failed miserably. Visit statistics of regions where such schools in operation – West Bengal, Tripura, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and other places. If you find lack of progress in this country in 200 districts from about 612 districts, it is because the Ramakrishna Missions/AOL has not reached there. Coupled with extreme social deprivation, poverty lack of proper schooling lends itself as fertile ground for spurt, growth and fostering Naxalism or other violent activities

Why and what of Naxalism is not the focus of this blog. It is to highlight that Schools and students are vulnerable targets and the hotbed of recruitment which sustains and grows the movement.

Growth of Naxalism is directly linked to the lack of proper educational infrastructure – made obvious by the fact the first target of attack for destruction of any Naxalite is a School or other centres of education. It suits their agenda to have the populace illiterate and uninformed.

[A UNESCO global report has equated the CPI (Maoist)’s attacks on schools in Naxalite-dominated states with the systematic targeting of educational institutions by the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The report says attacks on schools and teachers are “well publicized and the perpetrators” have “made public their intention to attack schools via published threats and orders”. The report says 300 schools were blown up by extremists between 2006 and 2009. There was also an “increase” in the recruitment of children by Maoists between 2005 and 2007. 14 and 15-year-olds were recruited into armed squads in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

 Naxals forcibly recruit and train children for combat. At least 300 children were trained in the dense forests of Dhanbad and Giridih in Jharkhand under a crash course in the use of small arms.

Similar reports also come from Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh . Some years ago, the security forces rescued a group of girls from a camp of the erstwhile Maoist Communist Centre.

Amnesty International noted that the erstwhile PWG had recruited children between the ages of eight and 15 “believing that they could train children more effectively than women to resist police interrogation”.

Both boys and girls operate in rebel ranks. They have been utilized to gather intelligence, carry food and weapons, and to serve extortion notes. The children, being in an impressionable age, are susceptible to indoctrination.
Nevertheless, to prevent children from associating with left-wing extremists, security officials periodically visit hostels and counsel the students about the difficulties they could face if they join Naxalite groups][iii]

Now what is a dysfunctional (referred to as sick school) in the clarification? Remember Schools not only serve as a centre of education in backward area but also a place where poor children get their food through the mid-day meal scheme. Imagine the impact due to lack of quality teachers or re-deploying the asset for other use has. When you drive students out of the School buildings to house security personnel, remember you drive them right into the hands of Naxalites. Read this for clarity

12,000 children driven out of school to make way for police camps

[Ranchi, April 18 (IANS) With security worries uppermost on mind, the Jharkhand government has converted 25 schools in the state into police camps.

Many schools have been closed in the last five years as the buildings are used as police camps. Estimates put the number of affected students at 12,000.

When anti-Maoist operations are launched, the security personnel are shifted into school buildings. In some schools, the personnel live in the building while teaching takes place under the open sky.

As a result, a primary school in Ghure village of Latehar district is closed since 1990 and Maoist guerrillas have attacked the building thrice.

Education in the Chatrapur Middle school of Daltanganj has also been affected since 1990 for similar reason.

“For many years now, classes are taking place outdoors as the school building has been given to security personnel. Studies are badly affected by the movement of the security personnel but we cannot do anything about it,” complained a teacher in Jhumra Hill of Bokaro district.

Another teacher of a school in Kurkura, Gumla district, said: “Student lives are endangered by the presence of police here. The police use these children as shields knowing well that the Maoists won’t attack them. “ However, police officials pledge helplessness

“We need places to house the security forces. The government has asked us to convert schools into camps. What can we do? We are just doing our job,” said a police official.

Maoists are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state. At least 600 people, including 290 security personnel, have been killed in Maoist related violence in the last six years][iv]

Another report that brings out the hard facts. Surprising element in the case mentioned above and this – All are Government Schools that are affected one and not AOL/RK Mission run schools which are operational in these places. You can click the reference link for complete reading. Denial of a meal, shelter and basic education occupation of schools for other purposes not only alienates the students and abets taking arms against the establishment, and apart from this also makes the school extremely soft target of attack.

[(Ranchi) – The ongoing conflict between Maoist insurgents and government forces is disrupting the education of tens of thousands of India’s most marginalized children, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.

The 103-page report, “Sabotaged Schooling: Naxalite Attacks and Police Occupation of Schools in India’s Bihar and Jharkhand States,” details how the Maoists – known as Naxalites – a longstanding, pan-Indian armed militant movement, are targeting and blowing up state-run schools. At the same time, police and paramilitary forces are disrupting education for long periods by occupying schools as part of anti-Naxalite operations. The report is based on visits to 22 schools in Bihar and Jharkhand, and interviews with over 130 people, including 48 children, as well as with parents, educators, police, and local officials.][v]

It is pertinent to note here that Art of Living Schools have been established with local tribal supports in the worst affected areas and brought about transformation in many activists who have since got transformed! Many of the naxalites have joined the main stream and also brought about tremendous transformation in their sphere of influence. Every time during elections, there used to be a lot of problems in Jharkhand. Many would lose their lives during election and in the recent ones many good people took part in the elections and naxalites, in thousands, started joining the main stream.

Elections in Jharkhand has had a volatile history. Violence was wide spread & many lives were lost. But there has been an unmistakable change in recent past. Education has ensured Naxalites not only joined main stream but also voted & many took apart in elections.

In Jharkhand, there was a time when you asked a Kid, what they wanted to become; the kid would reply “A Naxal”. So, AOL opened an Ashram in an affected area. A reformed (and transformed) naxalite who subsequently became an active volunteer teacher took AOL courses in one of such naxal affected areas A naxalite who was transformed, went on to take courses for another 11000 people and brought a lot of transformation in the entire belt going on to prove that Government establishment simply is unable to manage this monster of a problem. Root cause is blatant corruption in appointment of undeserving teacher. Hard statistics from the planning commission’s report and action plans, corroborating whatever was mentioned by Sri Sri. This concept of Ekalavya schools is what AOL/RK Mission have set up on their own initiative. Drawing attention to Page 72 and claused referred below to understand the enormity of the tasks bridged in the absence of governmental infrastructure and support.

[The Planning Commission set up an Expert Group on “Development Issues to deal with the causes of Discontent, Unrest and Extremism” in May, 2006. It had 16 Members. The Terms of Reference included, inter alia, identification of processes and causes contributing to continued tensions and alienation in the areas of unrest and discontent, such aswide-spread displacement, forest issues, insecured tenancies and other forms of exploitation like usury, land alienation, etc. It also included special measures to be taken for strengthening the implementation of Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Area Act (PESA)

The elementary education infrastructure would need strengthening, by providing fully qualified and trained teachers in every school per suitable norms of pupil-teacher ratio; providing quality technical/vocational training facilities for a cluster of 10 secondary schools offering training in a wide variety of local/specific needs; providing at least one residential high school each for boys and girls in these districts under the pattern of Navodaya Schools, together with Bridge school facilities for slow learners and out of school children. Existing ‘ashram’ schools should be upgraded to standards.

‘Eklavya’ schools should be established in each block in these districts. Thus a structure of the fol low kind would emerge:‘ashram’ and vocational schools in a cluster; ‘Eklavya’ schools in a block, and navodaya schools in a district]

1.17.12 This should be corrected by reviewing the programmes being adopted to implement these laws, ensuring that the law a b o l i s h i n g   s c a v e n g i n g   l a w   is applied automatically all over the country, providing effective livelihood, housing and emotional support to the victims and ensuring their effective rehabilitation, providing protective gear to those handling filth, garbage, solid waste, medical  waste,  dead animals,  and  those cleaning dry latrines, open drains, septic tanks etc., along with social security insurance, bringing Safai karmacharies within the ambit of Minimum Wages Act, establishing residential schools for children of Safai karmacharies, Devdasis, and sex-worker

3.6.4. The pressure exerted by the Naxalite movement has had some effect   in ensuring proper attendance of teachers, doctors etc., in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, but it is also true that such employees have made the presence of the Naxalites an excuse for not attending to their duties properly in the interior  areas.   In the matter  of  physical infrastructure like roads, school buildings, etc., the Naxalite movement has on certain occasions exerted pressure for its improvement, but in many places they have themselves obstructed the laying of roads for the reason that it would increase police and paramilitary raids] [vi]

And finally what the Honorable Minister, if we may still refer to him as such would like to read this document linked here[vii] and then comment on whether the statement (not the partial video made available widely) but the actual statement is in line with this requirement and need. Would he also care to answer how much of funds actually devolved to the beneficiary and how it has been deployed under the scheme. To the limited knowledge we possess, both RK Mission Schools and Art of Living Schools haven’t received a paise under this scheme and no Government schools are not functional in these areas.

Is the furore thus justified? Are we more concerned about political grammar or moral and societal correctness?  We have attempted to place on records all fact for the readers to come to an informed conclusion & in their wisdom will take a call. Having said that we would still like to maintain just as His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar said, Naxalites are indeed incubated in dysfunctional Government Schools. Not to mean all Government School Students end up as a Naxalite which would be as wrong as stating the entire Islamic community comprises of Terrorists though apprehended terrorist have Islamic sounding names. The primary focus and efforts should be to alleviate abject poverty and extricate potential victims from highly discriminatory social conditions (We call them victims, victims of official and social apathy). Targeted subsidies and funds never reach beneficiaries thereby widening the gap from the mainstream. Spiritualize, de-stress and educate is the mantra.

PS: The Hon’ble Minister should remain a paragon of virtue in choice of words. Remember he articulates and the marginalized one retaliates. Power is not a license to speak or do anything. Responses can be civil or atleast consistent irrespective of whether the leader belongs to Majority community or not. Secularism is in act not on the lips.

Added on March 23, 2012 @ 0030 hrs (via Kalyani)

Naxal Pathshala’ in Jharkhand government schools [vii]

[Chakradharpur (Jharkhand): In a shocking incident, naxal groups are using government schools in their stronghold as the nursery of Naxal philosophy. The security forces in the state have learnt that the naxal groups are taking classes in the schools in the heartland and are giving anti-establishment lessons to the schools children.

Security forces during ‘Operation Anaconda’ in the Saranda forests learnt about the new method of dissemination of naxalism among the schools children. After terrorising the teachers of dozens of school like Thalkobad, Tirilposhi, Ratamati among others in the region, the naxals are trying to brainwash small and innocent minds against the government machinery.

According to psychologists, such awful activities will spread animosity in the innocent minds. And hence, the move would prove disastrous for the future of the nation. Moreover, the atrocious disclosure has also raised questions against the education system and the functioning of the state government.]

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51 thoughts on “Naxalism & Education Is it about Syntax & Semantics?

  1. vikrantnaik March 22, 2012 / 8:36 pm

    Thank You very much for this article.

  2. Anir March 22, 2012 / 9:11 pm

    Terrific article. “Honourable” minister no more. And MSM are a bunch of paid loudspeakers

  3. Harish Bhuvan March 22, 2012 / 9:20 pm

    “students are vulnerable targets” That is so very true, and according to his holiness, the weaker systems are the highlight of these groups, so what he has pointed out is absolutely correct, unless the system’s strengthened to train the students just the way how private schools train the Upcoming generation, I guess the students ought to get education else where !
    And the Article is an eye-opener!

  4. ram gopal varma March 22, 2012 / 10:14 pm

    Excellent article… I myself have been part of running our AOL school in naxal prone area, aurwanthand. Such transformation it has brought in the region, these young kids who only wanted to be naxals, today are the first literates of The entire array of villages around.. Extremely talented.. True ambassadors of peace and a hope for the whole society there

    • Anonymous March 25, 2012 / 9:52 am

      where is aurwanthand

  5. ramgopalvarma March 22, 2012 / 10:16 pm

    Exceleent article… I myself have been part of running our AOL school in naxal prone area, aurwanthand. Such transformation it has brought in the region, these young kids who only wanted to be naxals, today are the first literates of The entire array of villages around.. Extremely talented.. True ambassadors of peace and a hope for the whole society there

  6. truth speaks March 22, 2012 / 10:28 pm

    this is such an eye opener

  7. Anonymous March 22, 2012 / 10:28 pm

    brillient article…thank u so much for this awareness

  8. Rashmikant Suthar March 22, 2012 / 11:00 pm

    I remember H.H. Sri Sri saying this…He asked a child in Naxal area, what he wants to become? The child replied he wants to become a Naxalite as then he will get to eat food three time a day! This was about 6-7 years before. Our media and leader don’t even care to come out their comforts in cities, how are they supposed to know the ground level situation. This is how the seeds of terrorism and naxalism are sown into immature brain of innocent small aged children!

  9. pvsswamy (@pvsswamy) March 22, 2012 / 11:50 pm

    Excellent and thought provoking article. It also strips the MSM and its folly. After reading this article, I feel as a first step we should make this MSM is non functional and then take on the corrupt government. This is mainly because this MSM always supports the wrong parties in any matter concerning national importance.

    Take a bow . Such a dedicated youngsters who always think good for our Bharath. I bow my head and appreciate the efforts before all of you Aparna Addanki, Ashwin Belagodu, Deepika Aradhya, Suresh Nellikayii and Vijay Dwivedi.

    May sadguru SriSri bless all of you/us.

    • Ensures March 23, 2012 / 12:11 am

      Excellent one Kalyaniji. Yes, this is the reality contrary to what Kavita Srivastava was telling. A much admired tweeple toldme, “Villages that #SriSri and Team visited – I am sure Lata Vaidyanathan or Kavita Srivastava or Sagarika Ghose would not even have heard”
      Ground realities are very different from TV Studios. First set to be eliminated is this PUCL whose agenda is to keep such things alive – or else they are out of business.

  10. PRADEEP PATEL March 23, 2012 / 12:21 am

    JAI GURU DEV..GREAT EYE OPENER ARTICAL…OUR SEVA IS TO EDUCATE YOUNG THE RIGHT WAY AS PER SRI SRI GURUJI;S VISION FOR A BETTER WORLD AND LIFE THAT WE ALL DREAM ABOUT…LETS GET TO HARD SEVA IN THIS MATTER…SMILE AND LUVLIFE…..MUCH LOVE AND PEACE….GOD BLESS :-)))

  11. Anand March 23, 2012 / 2:27 am

    This is really a well written article. I never knew so much about this situation. I truly hope the media brings many of these facts to the open rather than resorting to sensationalizing sound bites.

  12. Vinod March 23, 2012 / 5:22 am

    Loved the article!, very well written..

  13. Anuja March 23, 2012 / 9:16 am

    Excellent article!

    I just wonder the ignorance of our politicians..

    They are no less than the Russian group, which banned Bhagvad Geeta some months back for inciting violence.

    It seems a joke to me when Jaipur court charged H.H. Sri Sri Ravishankar ji, who changed lives of millions of people across the world, brought peace and smile in the society, for promoting enmity among different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth and residence under section 153-B of IPC.

    Sab leeela hain Guruji ki.. oho! aise bhi log hote hain!

    • Ensures March 23, 2012 / 10:24 am

      Charged? No! Someone filed a petition instigated by a Liberty protection group (Joke actually) which they have a right to. It is cool! Based on a Doctored video. It is not the first time Hindu Saints had to face these. Dharmo Rakshati rakshitaha 🙂

      • rahul March 23, 2012 / 10:38 am

        how is it possible to share it with a larger audience ?? it will be really beneficial if this article reaches most number of facebook, twitter and other email accounts

  14. Rishabh March 23, 2012 / 12:01 pm

    A killer article. This is a rude slap on the face of Honorable Minister and all those who enjoy speaking crap about Sri Sri without knowing the real picture.! Brilliantly written.

  15. Janki March 23, 2012 / 12:09 pm

    The media has continuously targeted Sri Sri for his presence and words and have not even missed an opportunity to quote him wrongly and picture him a villain and the one who is against the government on various occasions. His interviews in recognized news channels like Cnn -Ibn also has been fabricated and altered on several occasions, which is against the ethic of media at times. With media being owned by corporates, and the government trying to control everything in the media and social media any person who speaks the inconvenient truth that is against them shall be portrayed in the same way as He is being done. Its sad to know how people are misquoted and a large number of people react without even knowing what the situation is. Why do our government and political parties become so secular when it comes to Spiritual leaders advising social change but on the other hand push down secularism under the carpet conveniently during elections.
    Only request we have a mind and a heart which helps us figure out where truth stands and what is right and wrong. Make us of that and please then come to any conclusions.

  16. Ashim Bhargav March 23, 2012 / 12:54 pm

    Thnxx a lot 4 th article & making us knw the thngss going around in our country. Jgd!

  17. Venkatesh March 23, 2012 / 1:58 pm

    The article is well researched and written.
    But to give an objective review it is clear that this blog has been created by a few devotees of Sri Ravi Shankar.The authors of the article clearly are not so much interested in finding out the root of naxalism but this articles is just a biased view opposing the statements of the media towards Sri Ravishankar. All the comments given obviously are just supportive statements by devout followers in AOL.
    Anyway whatever these followers want to shout it is obvious that Mr Ravishankar did not do enough research or his homework before opening his mouth and making those statements in the public.
    May be the authors of this blog or some his followers should have penned down his speech before he went public.

    • rajesh March 23, 2012 / 5:56 pm

      how wud u like if i happened to be the moderator on this blog and edited some of ur comments?? wud u like it ? thats what media is doing not only 2 sr sri but also others who r fighting for society… pls do some research on this issue b4 commenting ur legendary opinions

      • Venkatesh March 23, 2012 / 10:17 pm

        Lo behold! here comes another brainwashed zombie trying to desperately to save the Guru’s face!!!!

    • Anonymous March 23, 2012 / 11:06 pm

      it is just so sad that innocent children have to go through this… and to use them as shields in war is horrifying.. 😦
      “Root cause is blatant corruption in appointment of undeserving teacher. Hard statistics from the planning commission’s report and action plans, corroborating whatever was mentioned by Sri Sri.” .. Agreed

    • Kapil Tandon March 24, 2012 / 5:31 pm

      Mr Ventakesh,
      Does simply opposing come as an objective viewpoint? It seems you are related to Mr Sibal by the quality of your response. As far as I believe, he said for Govt to get out of areas it does not have its focus. I believe this too, considering the absymal quality of teachers and studies in govt schools in UP which are merely means to squander resources and placate incompetent and unwilling shirkers on the rotes. Unfortunately I do not have one hundredth of fame of Ravi Shankerji or else I would have added hotels, airlines, etc. etc. to this statement too.

      Kapil Tandon

      • Venkatesh March 25, 2012 / 4:17 pm

        Mr Kapil Tandon,
        All that you devotees of Ravishankar care about right now is saving his face in the public with this issue, with zero toleration for any anti-comment.
        Before pointing out the flaws in the government set up which everybody knows exists first I hope you are aware of the amount of politics amongst the AOL teachers and volunteers.
        What happens to all the money that AOL earns through is various courses in so many countries? How is it spent?
        There are so many financial irregularities in the organization.
        Where do the funds for the various programs and satsangs in the big cities come from? What is the purpose of theses huge gatherings other than, one of them being glorifying the image of Ravishankar in public.
        Many of the full time teachers in the AOL foundation have so many financial problems? They are paid a pittance as honorarium for dedicating their lives at the lotus feet of Ravishankar.
        Why spend lavishly at the wedding of his nephew when so many of his teachers are in financial difficulty.
        The free school run by Ravishankar near his ashram is collecting crores in funds since 1989. By now that rural school should have reached the pinnacle in education. Don’t give silly statistics about the school. There are so many irregularities in the rural school run by Ravishankar. Now he has the audacity to talk about government school students. Have all the students in his rural school imbibed all the human values and culture of India.
        First see if you guys, and Ravishankar himself can set right the politics and irregularities in his own organization. He does not implement any change to correct all these irregularities even if they are reported to him.
        There are so many scandals in Ravishankar’s ashram. There is so much disparity when they give accommodation in the ashram … with Ravishankar and his ashram its all about money, power , status and, looks.
        Stop your holier than thou conversation and clean up your act….. which I doubt you guys will do as you glow in the Pseudo holiness of your spirituality

    • Anonymous March 25, 2012 / 9:55 am

      Very true

  18. Shashikumar March 23, 2012 / 2:03 pm

    Don’t you people have any other service you would like to render to the society other than writing blogs which support Sri Ravishankar’s foolish statements in the public. Does he come and suppotr your foolish mistakes and statements too???
    What does he do in return to you in return for all this faithful support?

    • rahul March 23, 2012 / 5:34 pm

      how wud u know? if u r so curious y dont u find it out urself??

      • Amit Rao March 23, 2012 / 7:06 pm

        what about the land grabbing scam that AOL has been implicated in? why does Sri Sri fly business/first class and live in lavish hotels around the world as well as his “humble” abode in Bangalore while his sevaks are quadrupuled if not sextupled in dingy accomodations in Bangalore. I doubt Buddha would have approved !

        Sri Sri has done some great work and I respect him as a human being but he is no different from a very successful business man making a roaring business out of ancient vedic knowledge and practices that should be free for all living beings of the planet.

      • Shashikumar March 23, 2012 / 10:36 pm

        I have had enough personal experience with H H Sri Sri Ravishankar. I know about all the sickness which goes on, around him. Sri Ravishankar has mentally harassed me enough to qualify me to speak about any issue which involves him.

  19. Mahesh March 23, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    Sureshji and team, gr8 work… Some input from my end which may serve some purpose to your blog –

    Look what our minister Sri. JaiRam Rameshji is saying about Naxalism – “Tracing the spread of Naxalite ideology in central India, forest and tribal areas in the last five decades, he said one reason was the insensitivity of governments to the needs of tribal population.”

    http://apnewsupdates.com/2012/naxalites-recruiting-young-boys-and-girls-says-jairam-ramesh/

    http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/nation/south/jairam-ramesh-battles-naxals-710

    • Aparna Addanki March 24, 2012 / 10:22 pm

      Hey, thanks Mahesh.

  20. CrzM March 23, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    moral education is very very important. We might be given a lot of ‘information’ to memorize in school, but moral education shows us the right way to use it. Unfortunately, even the teachers of most schools give any value to moral education. It’s just a prerequisite in the syllabus they quickly wish to rid themselves of.

  21. Vijayalakshmi March 23, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    The authors of this blog will gain nothing by supporting Mr Ravi other than some brownie points and a few minutes of so called ” precious time” with their master who has brainwashed them thoroughly that the is ” the one” who has come to this planet to free them

    • Kapil Tandon March 24, 2012 / 5:35 pm

      Thank you madam,
      You miss the whole point – Do you agree that Govt schools should give way to security forces residence and Naxal Education for kids in Jharkhand or do you oppose somebody standing up and pointing out to the Education Minister – Look what’s happening in schools? These are our country’ s assets and lives we are talking about not any bearded godman or something !

      Kapil Tandon

      • Vijayalakshmi March 25, 2012 / 3:37 pm

        Dear Kapil Sir,

        One would expect that an enlightened master (if he is really one!!) who has attained the peak of consciousness, one who is attained the highest level of awareness would talk sensibly in the public. As you pointed out rightly we need to point out the flaws in our educational institutions to the Education minister. Nothing wrong with that.
        As Mr Ravishankar himself says one needs “yukthi” ….. But one didn’t see him using a bit of it when he was talking in the public…… which makes one wonder about the level of his awareness and the authenticity behind his words

  22. lalchetna March 23, 2012 / 10:00 pm

    Reblogged this on lalchetna and commented:
    wow i loved the comment and specially the reference section!!!

  23. Rajitha Bagga March 24, 2012 / 4:31 pm

    Mr Ravishankar’s comments has caused a lot of turmoil in the minds of people in India which is quite against his principle of promoting peace .
    If Mr Ravishankar is really a promoting peace, wouldn’t it be appropriate on his part to apologize to the people of nation

    • Kapil Tandon March 24, 2012 / 5:40 pm

      Lovely, Madam Bagga,
      Apolgise for pointing out to the country that the Govt is derelicting its duty to provide education to children for which we pay taxes to them?

      Peace comes with vigilance, madam. We are alive to post these comments only because people on our borders are vigilant with their lives on line.

      Kapil Tandon

      • Rajitha Bagga March 25, 2012 / 3:43 pm

        Intelligent Mr Kapil

        “Vigilance” is very important …. In the case of Sri Ravishankar probably “ VIGLANCE OF WORDS” would have been more appropriate ( him claiming to be enlightened avatar and all that )
        Sri Ravishankar’s words have created turbulence in the minds of so many contrary to his mission of spreading peace.
        Thanks to his “lack of vigilance” people like you have to cover up for him … the coward that he is . Does he have the humility to apologize ???? Don’t think so.

  24. V B Lal March 25, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    The tendency of the media for mischief by selective reporting, misquoting or misunderstanding statements is not a secret now. Those who are aware of the Shri Shri’s values, concerns, mission and the social and spiritual activities of the aol movement for the rejuvenation of the country would pay no heed to such mischief. His work speaks for itself. However, one must remember that not all private schools are being run by saints or even committed educationists. Privatisation of education, as is being seen now, is taking education out of the reach of the poor and widening the frightening chasm between the rich and the poor. All hopes of closing the chasm are vanishing fast. It is a sensitive issue and playing on the nerves of the people. Any advocacy for privatization needs to be stated with abundant caution and clarity

  25. Shitalkumar March 26, 2012 / 2:40 pm

    Really nice article…. Now people should not follow media blindly. So keep your brain on & think 10 times before jumping to wrong conclusion without knowing any truth about the incident. Why people are losing their focus on corruption & number of problems our country facing? Why they can’t see Sri Sri’s good contribution to society. The person has no right to comment who is worthless to society.

    • anon March 27, 2012 / 11:36 am

      Knowing the nature of the media or any TV channel to sensationalize and exhibit biased when they publish or telecast , having been in the public foray for so many years, Sri Sri should have had better sense before uttering those words in the public.
      Now the bunch of you on this blog are forced to cover up for his mistakes. You too have researched and picked up only those articles that suit you so that you can substantiate your view point. Isn’t that also a “selection bias”

  26. sujata March 26, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    A real eye opener.Hightime our media starts respecting our saints .The other day I saw Amne Samne programme on some Tv channel for few minutes, the way the interwiever was throwing questions at murari bapuji was disgusting.

  27. Ensures March 28, 2012 / 10:53 am

    I on behalf of the Authors, thank all of those who viewed this blog and commented on this for your participation and feedback. Nice to see a lot of opinions being expressed here (and elsewhere), some appreciating & some critical, some identifying themselves & others anonymously and some even impersonating at times 🙂 It’s pertinent here to note that if we were concerned about any negative feedback, we would have moderated the comments which we did not. Again presenting facts (that may not be in agreement to ours) was the key intent here.

    With the benefit of hindsight, would we have changed anything in this blog? A Big No! Neither has praises nor criticism made us rethink anything that we penned down – It is plain fact. It is simply our analysis of what could have caused Media and Political Establishment to go ballistic. Authors are well aware that it is next to impossible to sway anyone’s judgement in a particular direction. We believe gone are those days when anyone can be manipulated in the real world (definitely not on the e-world), though some responses indicate that the attempt was just that. No! We respect and recognize every individual’s capability to think intelligently enough not to be swayed by a blog!

    It is not for us to refute any comments, but to learn from the constructive feedback and move on. We are working on our next blog (no, it is not a sequel) and hope we have similar participation to help us do better.

    With this we are closing further comments on this blog.

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    PS: :Signing off with an article related to this subject

    http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column_sri-sri-ravi-shankar-merely-spoke-the-truth-about-naxalism_1668263

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